Ages: All welcome!
Early Birds provides a reduced sensory, relaxed and supportive environment prior to the Museum opening to the public for the day. This can make visiting the Museum easier for autistic people and for those who have other access requirements, together with friends and families.
From 8am you will be able to buy tickets to see our newest exhibition, Ramses & the Gold of the Pharaohs. Transport yourself back 3,300 years, across the sands of the Sahara Desert where you reach the heartbeat of Ancient Egypt ruled by the most celebrated pharaoh in the country's storied history. Experience one of the greatest collections of its kind, in this Australian-first exhibition.
- From 8am you will be able to buy tickets to see our newest exhibition, Ramses & the Gold of the Pharaohs. The exhibition will be adjusted with 50% less capacity and volume turned down. The exhibition will be dimly lit. Please note the exhibition sounds and full capacity will be restored by 10am with anticipated large and loud crowds from 9:30am.
Additional charges apply for exhibition entry. You must select the 2024 Early Birds + Ramses ticket option during registration. Entry to the exhibition is timed and capacities are limited. You can purchase tickets at the Admissions Desk on the day unless sessions are sold out prior. Please book early to avoid disappointment.
- A supportive environment with limited visitors prior to the Museum opening to the general public.
- Lighting and sound will be adjusted for a low sensory experience within the rest of the Museum (these will return to daytime levels from 10am).
- A designated quiet area for those needing to take a break.
- A Visual Story with more details on what to expect.
- Staff trained in autism awareness and disability.
- Café open for an early morning beverage or snack.
- After 10am Early Birds are welcome to stay for the remainder of the day.
We will have general public sessions of Ramses & the Gold of the Pharaohs commencing from 10am. We anticipate large crowds and people lining up for the 10am session from 9:30am.
Early Birds is designed for autistic people and those with sensory sensitivities. Features of this event may also benefit visitors with other access requirements and their families or friends. This event is for all ages.
Early Birds events align with the Australian Museum's Accessibility and Inclusion Action Plan 2023-2025 (AIAP) to break down barriers that hinder the full and effective participation of people with access requirements, and create a place where everyone can be inspired to explore and understand our natural and cultural worlds. Early Birds is a gateway event where visitors become familiar with the Australian Museum in a safe and supportive environment, in order to feel comfortable and confident visiting us again.
- Early Birds events have limited capacity to reduce crowds, queues and associated noise.
- Lighting and sound levels will be adjusted, where possible, throughout the Museum.
- Exhibitions will have lighting decreased and loud, unexpected sounds such as dinosaurs roaring, switched off.
- High sensory areas where lighting can't be increased due to conservation issues, will be indicated on the Museum map and in the Visual Story.
- Hand-dryers will be turned off and paper towel will be available in toilet facilities.
- PA announcements will be avoided from 8am-10am
- A designated quiet room will be available for use to take a break and reset before continuing on your Museum adventure!
- The first Early Birds event took place in January 2021. View blog here.
Yes. Early Birds are welcome to stay and enjoy the Museum for the remainder of the day, however, lighting and sound in exhibition spaces will return to previous levels along with other features.
Everything you would do during opening hours!
Early Birds events are scheduled to occur on Saturday mornings 8am – 10am, four times in a calendar year. Future dates will be announced soon.
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There is currently no onsite parking at the Museum. We recommend parking at nearby car parks and metered parking in surrounding streets. Enacon Parking on Cathedral Street has 11 accessible spots and is a 3 minute walk to the Australian Museum. This route has no steps. For more information please refer to the Enacon Parking website.
For more information on parking and public transport options visit our parking and transport page.
There is also limited, unsupervised pram parking available in designated areas throughout the Museum.
Prams are not allowed inside the exhibition space. There is limited, unsupervised pram parking available in designated areas throughout the Museum.
Ramses & the Gold of the Pharaohs
Experience one of the greatest collections of its kind in this Australian-first exhibition, Ramses & the Gold of the Pharaohs. Discover over 180 ancient Egyptian treasures and be transported back 3,300 years to Ancient Egypt ruled by the country's most celebrated pharaoh.Book now