Museum in a Box is available for set three week loan periods and can be sent to any educational institution across Australia.

Museum in a Box
Image: Carl Bento
© Australian Museum

It is a monotreme that swims in fresh water, lays eggs and suckles its young on milk, has fur, broad webbed feet, a pliable leathery bill and a flat broad tail. The male has poisonous spurs on its hind feet to inject poison into rival males during fights. The Platypus is the animal emblem of New South Wales and appears on the Australian twenty-cent piece. This box contains a Platypus, its young and casts of feet, eggs and a beak to study.

The Platypus box was refurbished in 2011 and includes new information panels, books and teaching resources.


  • Platypus and puggle dioramas
  • Fur - real
  • Back and front feet - cast
  • Mouth parts - cast
  • Puggle and eggs - cast

Teaching resources:

  • Platypus DVD
  • Platypus game and activities
  • Information panels
  • Background information and activities
  • Teachers Guide
  • Platypus Puppet
  • Books
  • Factsheets

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.

Ornithorhynchus anatinus

Platypus swimming in water

Image: H. D. Millen
© Australian Museum

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