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Our collection of historical objects, memorabilia and artefacts help tell the story of the history and development of the Australian Museum.

The collection comprises material generated within the Museum as well as donations from scientists with a strong connection to the Australian Museum and includes:

  • objects used by scientific staff in their research, including scientific instruments and field equipment
  •  a selection of items from exhibitions that shows how displays have changed over the years
  • objects representative of the fabric and infrastructure of the Museum. Most of our heritage furniture collection is still in use today and is part of the NSW S170 Heritage & Conservation Register
  • a selection of items representing how the Museum has been advertised and promoted