Blockbuster international exhibitions

The Australian Museum secures Ramses The Great and the Gold of the Pharaohs exhibition for Sydney.

A $40 million Blockbuster Funding agreement by the NSW Government will enable the AM to host a new Egyptian touring exhibition, Ramses The Great and the Gold of the Pharaohs, scheduled to open Summer 2023.

The exhibition features a collection of more than 180 rare artifacts and will be the largest collection of Ramses II items to ever leave Egypt. This exhibition will also mark the first time in more than 30 years that artifacts connected with the famous pharaoh are touring outside of Egypt.

Ramses the Great exhibition
Ramses the Great and the Gold of the Pharaohs exhibition poster. Image: Supplied
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Visitors will come face-to-face with real artifacts including animal mummies, spectacular royal masks, exquisite amulets, and ornate golden treasures of the tomb.

Ramses The Great and the Gold of the Pharaohs will also boast the first-ever virtual walkthrough of Ramses II’s famous temples as well as the first full-length documentary ever produced on Ramses II’s tomb.

The exhibition is created by World Heritage Exhibitions, with the support of Egypt's Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities.

AM homegrown blockbuster SHARKS exhibition will premier at the AM in Spring 2022.

The Blockbuster Funding agreement by the NSW Government will also help the AM to premier and globally tour one of the largest, most ambitious glimpses into sharks that any museum has ever produced.

SHARKS will debut at the Australian Museum in Spring 2022 will run through Summer 2023. It will then travel to the US and other destinations around the world.

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More new galleries and experiences planned at the Australian Museum

The reopening of the Australian Museum (AM) following Project Discover in 2020 marked the first step in the realisation of the AM’s vision for the future.

New interactive education areas, an expanded Pacific Gallery and a new Minerals Gallery are all planned as part of the next phase of development, expected to be completed over the next three years.

With our 21.9 million specimens and objects, the Australian Museum is custodian to one of the largest natural history collections in our region. We're excited about bringing more of these invaluable collection items out from behind the scenes and into the spotlight for all visitors to enjoy.

These four new spaces will allow for improved public access and education opportunities through the opening up of our world-class collection.

Step back in time with the treasures of ancient Egypt. For the first time, the Australian Museum will open a permanent Egypt Gallery displaying our collection of fascinating historical artefacts. Encounter a glimpse into the daily life, beliefs and customs of this ancient society.

Be dazzled by rare and spectacular rocks and gems in a new permanent Minerals Gallery. Discover remnants of cosmic fireballs, minerals that glow in the dark, gold nuggets and some of the oldest minerals on Earth.

Featuring highlights from the Australian Museum’s extensive Pacific collection, the new Pacific Gallery will incorporate video and performances to bring these diverse cultural objects to life.

And finally, First Nations knowledge systems and the Australian Museum’s own scientific research will be woven together to create a learning space for curious kids of all ages in the Children’s Discovery Centre planned on Level 2.

Completion of Project Discover

After a year of significant renovations, the nation’s first museum, the Australian Museum, reopened to the public in November 2020.

The $57.5m renovation known as Project Discover redeveloped the Museum’s public and exhibition spaces, including adding more than 3000sqm of new public space, repurposed from back-of-house areas. Project Discover was made possible by the NSW Government contributing $50.5m and generous philanthropic support from AM private donors.

As well as the transformed exhibition spaces, the redevelopment has also created new education facilities, a new museum shop, a second café, expanded Members Lounge, cloaking and new amenities.