The old­est muse­um on the con­ti­nent, the Aus­tralian Muse­um in Syd­ney hous­es an impres­sive col­lec­tion of nat­ur­al his­tor­i­cal and anthro­po­log­i­cal arte­facts and infor­ma­tion from around the world, con­cen­trat­ing main­ly on the nat­ur­al his­to­ry of Aus­tralia and the sur­round­ing Pacif­ic. It was found­ed in 1827 as the Pub­lic Muse­um in New South Wales, where many rare and curi­ous spec­i­mens of nat­ur­al his­to­ry were to be kept. This Syd­ney muse­um has become one of the best of its kind in the world.

australian museum

Entry relat­ed to loca­tion: Syd­ney

Exhibits of the Australian Museum

In the ear­ly days of the Aus­tralian Muse­um, ear­ly orga­niz­ers brought togeth­er unique flo­ra and fau­na for dis­play, hop­ing to enter­tain and seduce the pub­lic. The muse­um quick­ly became famous for its unique exhibits, espe­cial­ly its exten­sive ornitho­log­i­cal col­lec­tion. Indeed, most of the muse­um’s ear­ly cura­tors were taxi­der­mists, cre­at­ing unique stuffed ani­mals. Soon, how­ev­er, muse­um offi­cials became inter­est­ed in acquir­ing dinosaur skele­tons for sci­en­tif­ic research.


It was­n’t until three decades lat­er that cura­tors became inter­est­ed in anthro­pol­o­gy and col­lect­ed arti­facts from the indige­nous peo­ples of Aus­tralia. Even­tu­al­ly the known sites were exca­vat­ed and the muse­um’s anthro­po­log­i­cal col­lec­tion began to grow steadi­ly. His­tor­i­cal col­lec­tions have also been expand­ed, many of which date back to the col­o­niza­tion of Aus­tralia. New research cen­ters have also been added.


Today, the exhi­bi­tions at the Aus­tralian Muse­um are pre­sent­ed the­mat­i­cal­ly, and the Abo­rig­i­nal col­lec­tion is one of the most high­ly acclaimed of all the exhibits. The muse­um has tak­en a keen inter­est in Aus­trali­a’s envi­ron­ment and bio­di­ver­si­ty, edu­cat­ing the pub­lic about the con­ti­nen­t’s unique nat­ur­al resources and the cul­tures of its peo­ple. Today it is def­i­nite­ly one of the great­est muse­ums in the world, vis­it­ed by hun­dreds of thou­sands of vis­i­tors every year.

See also
Franklin Institute Science Museum, Philadelphia


You will find sec­tions ded­i­cat­ed to the Earth Sci­ences, includ­ing geo­sciences and pale­on­tol­ogy; inver­te­brates and ver­te­brates; evo­lu­tion­ary biol­o­gy; envi­ron­men­tal sci­ences such as marine and ter­res­tri­al ecol­o­gy; and a fine ethno­graph­ic col­lec­tion of over 100,000 arti­facts from Aus­tralia, the Pacif­ic, Asia, Africa and the Amer­i­c­as. Tem­po­rary exhibits also vis­it the muse­um and are changed sev­er­al times a year.


The Aus­tralian Muse­um offers all sorts of spe­cial pro­grams and edu­ca­tion­al activ­i­ties for every mem­ber of the fam­i­ly, from lec­tures and work­shops for adults to pro­grams for young chil­dren. Per­for­mances by local musi­cians and dance com­pa­nies are often pre­sent­ed on Sun­day after­noons and are suit­able for vis­i­tors of all ages.

In con­tin­u­a­tion, I advise you to also enjoy the views of the most pic­turesque cities in Aus­tralia by vis­it­ing a sep­a­rate selec­tion on Life­Globe.