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Nature, science and culture meet at Australia’s first museum

Complete with immersive exhibitions and interactive experiences, a visit to the Australian Museum is the perfect day out for families, kids of all ages and the young at heart – plus General Admission is now free!

The Australian Museum is located in the centre of Sydney city, opposite Hyde Park, with easy access from public transport and a short walk from other popular attractions in the CBD and surrounds.

Visit the iconic heritage Australian Museum building, where Sydney’s history and award-winning contemporary architecture intersect.

Cost: General Admission is free for adults, kids and families. An entry fee is required for major exhibitions. See our What's On calendar for details on current programs, exhibitions and events.

Opening hours:

  • General Admission

    The Australian Museum is open everyday, except Christmas Day.
    Opening hours to visit our permanent exhibitions and galleries are:

    From February 2024, the Australian Museum general entry opening hours are:

    • 9am - 9pm Monday - Wednesday
    • 9am - 5pm Thursday - Sunday.

    Please note: Burra learning space is open 10am- 4:30pm and Billabong Waterhole kiosk on Level 2 also closes at 5pm daily.

  • Special Exhibition Admission

    Ramses & the Gold of the Pharaohs has extended opening hours to visit the exhibition galleries on the Ground Floor only.

    Please pre-purchased tickets here for early and late entry to the Australian Museum.

Booking: Tickets are not required for General Admission to the Australian Museum. For special events and major exhibitions, we recommend visitors pre-purchase tickets online.

Location: The Australian Museum is located on the corner of College Street and William Street in central Sydney. It is across the road from Hyde Park and opposite St Mary's Cathedral.

Getting here: The nearest train stations are St James, Museum and Town Hall. If travelling by bus, alight at Town Hall or anywhere near Hyde Park. There is no on-site parking at the Museum, but there are numerous parking stations nearby and in the CBD, including Wilson Parking in the Domain. Pre-purchased parking discounts are available at Wilson Parking, find out details here.

Australian animals: Learn about Australia’s unique fauna, such as the iconic koala, the extinct Tasmanian Tiger, deadly snakes and giant spiders in Surviving Australia on Level 2.

First Nations Gallery: Discover the stories and living cultures of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples – one of the oldest continuing cultures in the world in Garrigarrang on Level UG.

Dinosaurs: In Sydney, we’re known as “the dinosaur museum,” and there’s a good reason for that! Explore the giant fossilised skeletons and life-size casts of Australian dinosaurs as well as the infamous Stegosaurus and T.Rex in Dinosaurs on Level 2.

The Westpac Long Gallery: Australia’s first gallery, showcases 100 treasures from our collections alongside the stories of 100 of Australia’s most-influential people in 200 Treasures on Level G.

And so much more!

Wild Planet Family
In Wild Planet, children can learn about amazing animal adaptations and evolutionary distinctiveness. Image: James Horan
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The AM Shop: Browse beautiful gifts and momentos inspired by our collections. All proceeds help fund our science, education and exhibitions programs.

Ramses Shop: Open exclusively to Ramses & the Gold of the Pharaohs visitors, the exhibition shop has a glittering array of ancient Egyptian-themed items to commemorate your visit. Please note: The exhibition shop does not accept cash.  

Billabong Waterhole: Located on Level 2, the AM’s kiosk offers easy, family-friendly light meals, snacks, cold drinks, tea and coffee. Take away or eat in.

Bistro Gadi: Located on Level 4, this pop-up bistro offers guests a casual, interactive dining experience with spectacular views overlooking Hyde Park, St Mary's Cathedral and Woolloomooloo Bay. Open 11am to 3pm on Saturday and Sunday throughout the Ramses & the Gold of the Pharaohs exhibition run.

Visitors at the Australian Museum Shop
Visitors at the Australian Museum Shop. Image: James Horan
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