Bats make up about one fifth of all mammal species and are the only flying mammals. They play a very important role in our ecosystems.

Bats Museum in a Box
Content image of the Bats Museum in a Box Image: Stuart Humphreys
© Australian Museum

Insect-eating bats are the only major predators of night-flying insects. Bats that feed on fruit and nectar play an important role in forest regrowth by dispersing seeds and helping to pollinate rainforest plants.


  • Grey-headed flying fox diorama
  • Cave-dwelling bat diorama
  • Tree-hollow-dwelling bat diorama
  • Bat skeleton embedment
  • Fascinating faces - cast

Teaching resources:

  • Information panels
  • Australian Bats book
  • Background Information and activities
  • Teachers guide
  • Bat species fact files
  • Bat puppets

A charge applies to loan the Museum in a Box program for 3 weeks. This charge covers booking, handling, maintenance and freight of the box to and from any school or education institution. Please ensure you read the risk assessment before you book. A tax invoice will be sent after you book.

$110 (incl. GST) per box for NSW regional schools, PSFP schools and NSW age care facilities.

$154 (incl GST) per box for Greater Sydney postcodes; 2250 - 2260, 2500 - 2526, 2555 - 2573 & 2745 - 2770

$182 (incl. GST) per box for Sydney Metropolitan schools and interstate organisations.

The Australian Museum applies the designation of Sydney Metropolitan to schools with postcodes up to and including 2234.

Miniopterus australis

Little Bentwing-bats illustration

Image: Andrew Howells
© Australian Museum

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