Our mission is to be a leading voice for the richness of life, the earth, and culture in Australia and the Pacific.
The Australian Museum is a dynamic source of reliable scientific information and a touchstone for informed debate about some of the most pressing environmental and social challenges facing our region: the loss of biodiversity, a changing climate and the search for cultural identity.
Underpinning our research is an irreplaceable collection of international standing - more than 21 million objects representing a timeline of the environmental and cultural histories of the Australian and Pacific regions.
Our collection holds many artefacts from Indigenous Australia and the Pacific, a record of human diversity and a living wellspring for regional cultural diversity.
It contains irreplaceable fossils, minerals, meteorites and gemstones that provide a geological perspective of the planet. It houses representative specimens of native Australian mammals, birds, reptiles, fish and countless invertebrates that tell many stories about our unique wildlife.
Learn about our management structure, services, legislation and policies.
The Australian Museum was established under the Australian Museum Trust Act 1975.
This Act constitutes the Australian Museum Trust as a corporation with the corporate name “Australian Museum Trust” (see Section 5) and defines its powers, authorities, duties and functions.
The Museum is principally funded by the New South Wales Government.
The objectives of the Australian Museum Trust Act are to propagate knowledge about the natural environment of Australia and to increase that knowledge, particularly in the natural sciences of biology, anthropology and geology. Under the Act the Museum is governed by an 11 member Trust, appointed by the Governor on the recommendation of the Minister. One member of the Trust must have knowledge of, or experience in, science, one must have knowledge of, or experience in, education, and one must have knowledge of, or experience in, Australian Indigenous culture.
The following Australian Museum policy documents have been approved by the Museum's Executive:
The Australian Museum is an approved borrowing institution under the PCOL Act.
To promote open, accountable, fair and effective government in NSW, members of the public have the right to access certain government information under the Government Information (Public Access) Act 2009.
This right is restricted only when there is an overriding public interest against disclosing the particular information.
The Australian Museum is an NSW Government organisation operating under the Department of Planning and Environment. It supports and encourages the reuse of its publicly funded information, in line with the NSW Government’s Open Data Policy 2016.
This website contains information and media where copyright is held by the Australian Museum as well as other people or organisations. It also contains images that show indigenous cultural activities, cultural materials or people. This may be cultural content of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities within Australia, indigenous communities in the Pacific or indigenous communities around the world.
The Australian Museum also recognises the rights of indigenous communities to decide how their knowledge is communicated. Permission has been given to the Australian Museum to reproduce the indigenous oral stories, images and personal accounts on this website and for the associated licence to be applied.
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