• Open by appointment
    Access by appointment only
  • Archives
    Collects the Museum's permanent records
  • Research Library
    Natural history book and journal collections
  • Rare Books
    Over 5000 rare books

Our collections

Due to the Australian Museum's temporary closure, the Archives and Library are closed to all external enquiries, including image requests.

Our Archives holds permanent Museum records kept because they are valuable for legal, administrative or historical research. The earliest records include the Minutes of the Committee of Superintendence from June 1836 and Outward Letters books from 1837.

The Research Library holds one of the finest natural history book and journal collections in Australia, including over 5000 rare books. Established in 1836, the Library specialises in material relating to zoology, taxonomy, cultural collections, earth sciences and museology.



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Collection areas


History of the Museum