More new galleries and experiences at the Australian Museum.
The reopening of the AM following Project Discover marks 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.
Project Discover is now complete
After a year of significant renovations, the nation’s first museum, the Australian Museum, is once again open to the public.
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.
The first exhibition to enter the AM’s new Touring Exhibition Hall is Tyrannosaurs – Meet the Family, an update of one of the AM’s most popular exhibitions, which has been touring in the USA and Europe for the past five years. In addition, the iconic Australian Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year exhibition has returned to the AM in the Hintze Hall exhibition space in time for reopening.
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.