• Free General Admission
    Open daily 10am - 5pm
  • Time to visit
    We recommend 2 hours to experience everything
  • Group visits
    Must be booked in advance
  • Museum Shop
    Shop for beautiful objects

The Australian Museum offers fantastic learning opportunities for students and education groups of all ages. Bookings are required for groups of 10 or more.

We are currently taking bookings for education and vacation care groups for 2021.

We will be observing strict physical distancing and hygiene measures to protect the health of visitors and staff and minimise the spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus). Read the latest visit information here.

Book today to access:

  • Free general entry for a limited time
  • 20% off regular pricing to special exhibitions (for Australian school groups)
  • Dedicated pre-booked groups entry located on William Street

Separate pricing and conditions apply to tourism groups, public programs, events and school holiday programs.

Contact the Group Booking Office for education and group booking enquiries:

Monday – Friday

Email Group.Bookings@australian.museum

Phone +61 2 9320 6222

Group visit information

Supervision ratios

Students and children must be accompanied by a teacher or other adult. Student discipline is the responsibility of teachers and chaperones. The following ratios apply for school and other groups:

  • Preschool and years K-2: 1 adult to 5 students
  • Years 3-6: 1 adult to 10 students
  • Years 7-12 and tertiary: 1 adult to 15 students
  • Adult groups: 1 group leader to 15 adults/concessions

Additional teachers or accompanying adults above these ratios, will be charged at applicable adult/concession rate.

Getting here

Further Information is available about the museum location, entry points, public transport and parking options.

There is a bus drop-off bay outside the groups entrance, on William Street.

No dedicated parking is available for buses at the Museum. Bus parking may be available near St Mary's Cathedral, The Domain, and around the City of Sydney.


Pre-booked groups can access the dedicated groups accessible entry located on William Street. Please arrive 10 minutes prior to your entry time.

Please contact the Group Booking Office on 02 9320 6222 if you are running late. Please note, we cannot guarantee a subsequent entry slot. We will work with you to find the next available entry time. Facilitated education programs may need to be shortened or rearranged if you are late.

At the Museum

We recommend using our visitor map to plan your visit. Our Group Bookings Office can help you put together a schedule for the day and suggest appropriate learning resources to support your visit.

Education groups

Bag storage is available for pre-booked school groups near the Education rooms and student amenities. We encourage you to bring only what is essential for your visit.

Small bags for essentials, medication or lunch are recommended, please do not bring valuable items. Please note there is no eating or drinking within the exhibition spaces.

School holidays

We are unable to provide bag or cloaking facilities during school holidays. Please ensure that your group comes prepared to carry all personal items during their visit.

General public cloaking

Our cloaking room is currently closed and large bags will not be permitted.

Further information is available about accessibility at the AM including our Accessibility Action Plan. We also provide a Visual Story to help you prepare for your visit.

Food and beverages are available for purchase. Lunch packs can be pre-ordered for school groups, please contact the Group Bookings Office for more information.

Our restaurant, No 1 William on Level 4, is available for small groups wishing to eat in. No.1 William is open for lunch from 11.30am to 2.30pm. For more information click here. Book online at https://www.no1william.com.au/book-a-table. There is also a family friendly café The Billabong Waterhole located on Level 2 offering a daily selection of sandwiches, salads, pastries and sweets, cold drinks and coffee.

Please note that food may only be consumed in designated areas of the Museum, we encourage groups to take breaks outside in Hyde Park or Cook & Phillip Park, however we can accommodate groups onsite during wet weather or by request at other times. Please arrange with the Group Bookings Office prior to your visit or speak with your Education Host on arrival.

There are bubblers near the Patricia McDonald Education Rooms on the Lower Ground floor and near the bathroom facilities on level 1 and 2.

The Museum Shop is located on ground level. You can find a range of gifts, books, toys and resources relevant to exhibitions, science, culture and history topics. Students should visit the shop in small groups and must be accompanied by a responsible adult or teacher while in the shop. No food or beverages are permitted in the shop.

You are permitted to take photos and videos in our permanent exhibitions unless stated otherwise. Restrictions may apply to temporary exhibitions.

Lost property should be reported to AM staff or Security at Cloaking on the Lower Ground level.

We will be observing strict physical distancing and hygiene measures to protect the health of visitors and staff and minimise the spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus). Read the latest visit information here.

Teachers and group leaders completing a risk management plan should be aware that the AM cannot complete the risk assessment for them. Please contact the Group Bookings Office to request a copy of the Venue and Safety information for Groups.

A complimentary pass can be provided to assist teachers and group leaders to familiarise themselves with the site prior to visiting. Please contact the Group Bookings Office to arrange this.

Conditions of entry

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We will contact you within 2 days of your request and you will receive a Booking Confirmation when your booking is confirmed. Please ensure you read the Terms and Conditions before making a booking.

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