What do you treasure? An object, a person, a memory? Come to the Westpac Long Gallery where you can see 100 of the most-valued objects from the Australian Museum’s collections. Some are very old; some are very rare. Some are beautiful; others mysterious. All tell fascinating and unexpected stories – about the Museum, about Australia and its region, or about the wonders of the natural world.

Along with these unique objects you can discover the stories of 100 extraordinary people who have shaped Australia and made it the country it is today. Scientists, explorers, and pioneers; entrepreneurs, athletes, and artists; politicians, an outlaw and a saint. Their immeasurable influence on the nation makes them true Australian treasures.

What extraordinary stories will you discover at the Australian Museum?



Explore the 200 Treasures audio tour

Delve into the 200 Treasures audio tour and enrich your understanding of the magnificently restored Westpac Long Gallery showcasing 200 treasures of the Australian Museum.

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Exhibition highlights

100 People who shaped the Nation

Discover 100 people and how they are connected in an interactive wall, revealing the themes of Spirited, Innovators, Revolutionaries, Resilient, Curious and the Underdogs. Among them are athletes, politicians, writers and performers, doctors and explorers, entrepreneurs, media moguls, aviators, agriculturalists, activists, artists and aviators.

Theban mummy and coffin

Archaeologists excavated an Egyptian mummy from a tomb in Thebes (modern-day Luxor). A computed tomography (CT) scan has recently revealed the mummy holds the body of a woman mummified 2,200 years ago.

Captain Cook's Hawaiian ‘Ahu‘ula

This kipuka or feathered cape was given to Captain Cook on his third – and fatal – Pacific voyage by Ali’i (chief) Kalani’opu’u, as an official welcome to Hawaii in December 1778 or January 1779.

Eric the opalised pliosaur

Eric the pliosaur lived in the Jurassic and Cretaceous periods (about 200–66 million years ago). Eric’s bones – as well as the tiny fossilised bones of fish inside his stomach – opalised as he was preserved in the sandstone.


Support a Treasure

You can support one of the priceless treasures or collection cases displayed in the 200 Treasures of the Australian Museum exhibition in the Westpac Long Gallery. Your generosity will ensure the continued conservation and maintenance of your selected treasure or collection case for future generations. You will be acknowledged next to your treasure in the Westpac Long Gallery, on the AM’s Honour Board and become a patron of the Treasures Circle.

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Acknowledgements

200 Treasures of the Australian Museum in the Westpac Long Gallery has been made possible through the generous support of organisations and many individuals. The Australian Museum would especially like to thank:


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Dine & Discover vouchers

Redeem your Dine & Discover vouchers towards Australian Museum membership, event tickets and at the Billabong cafe and No.1 William restaurant.

Dine & Discover vouchers are available to redeem in person only.


The Australian Museum is COVID Safe

The current NSW Public Health Orders require that anyone visiting or working at the AM must show proof of full COVID-19 vaccination or medical exemption (aged 16+) and wear a fitted facemask (aged 12+) to reduce the spread of COVID-19.

The AM’s existing COVID Safe measures including QR code check in, social distancing, increased cleaning and hygiene practices remain in effect.

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