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On this page you will find accolades the Australian Museum has received for its award-winning transformation known as Project Discover, its ground-breaking exhibitions and digital platforms, and its world-leading science. For information on awards given by the Australian Museum, please visit the Australian Museum Eureka Prizes and Australian Museum Research Institute Lifetime Achievement Award pages.

Architecture and heritage


  • November

    Project Discover took home both the 2021 National Award for Public Architecture and the 2021 National Award for Heritage Architecture

  • October

    Cox Architecture and Neeson Murcutt and Neille received the Public Design Award for Project Discover at the 18th annual Australian Interior Design Awards.

  • August

    Architects Cox and Neeson Murcutt and Neille also won an Award of Merit for Project Discover at the DIA Designers Australia Award ceremony.

  • July

    Project Discover received three awards at the 2021 Australian Institute of Architects (AIA) NSW Architecture Awards, including its top honour, the NSW Architecture Medallion.

    The new wayfinding and visitor journey program as part of Project Discover has also received multiple awards. AM wayfinding consultants Entro have recently won the 2021 World Design Awards, a gold award in the SYDNEY Design Awards 2021, and a gold award in the Montreal-based, global awards, INT. design. Entro’s wayfinding design not only helps visitors navigate the Museum’s old and new spaces, but it also incorporates local Australian materials that complement the Museum’s heritage architectural features.


The AM’s restoration of the Westpac Long Gallery in 2017 with heritage architects Design5 won a range of Heritage Awards including the 2018 Australian Institute of Architects (NSW) Award for Heritage Conservation, the 2018 National Trust of Australia (NSW) Heritage Award for Conservation - Built Heritage and an Honourable Mention at the 2019 UNESCO Asia - Pacific Awards for Cultural Heritage.


Neeson Murcutt and Neille’s collaboration with the AM was awarded the AIA NSW Public Architecture Award for its design of the Crystal Hall (now known as the Brian Sherman Crystal Hall).



  • Unsettled

    Imagine Award Winner for Exhibition Project, Large Museums, and also receiving

  • Unsettled

    Imagine ACHAA Award for Excellence by an Aboriginal Curator (Director, First Nations, Laura McBride)


  • Gadi

    Australian Museums and Galleries Association National Award for Best Temporary Exhibition

  • Gadi

    Imagine Award for Museum Exhibition Projects presented by Museums & Galleries of NSW

  • 200 Treasures of the Australian Museum

    Illuminated Engineers Society Excellence Award in the Lighting Design category for NSW


  • Sydney Science Trail website

    Sydney Science Trail is a jam-packed online adventure of games, activities, videos and challenges for science fans of all ages, developed to move our Science Week program online during Covid-19 stay home orders. The website won Silver W3 Award, Academy of Interactive and Visual Arts 2020

  • #CapturingClimateChange online exhibition

    The Australian Museum gallery of images capturing climate change issues across Australia won Highly Commended Program Website, Museums Australasia, Multimedia & Publication Design Awards (MAPDA) 2020

  • australian.museum website

    Best Website Award, Museums Australasia, Multimedia & Publication Design Awards (MAPDA) 2018

  • Whale Trail mobile App

    Best Mobile App Award, Museums Australasia, Multimedia & Publication Design Awards (MAPDA) 2018


  • FrogID

    The AM FrogID team won the Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources Eureka Prize for Innovation in Citizen Science in August 2019.

  • FrogID

    FrogID also received a Gold award for Digital –EdTech from DRIVEN x DESIGN Sydney Awards, 2019

  • FrogID

    Natural Environment Award, NSW Government's 2018 Green Globe Awards 2018