Australia’s first museum is housed in a magnificent sandstone building highlighting the best of 19th century architecture and offers a unique and exciting venue for your celebration.

We know that COVID-19 restrictions mean that special events cannot proceed as they otherwise would have, but with a little reimagining, you can still create a memorable event.

In line with Government regulations, venue hire arrangements at the AM have been revised in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. To keep visitors and staff safe, the AM observes the following practices and updates them as NSW Government public health guidelines change:

  • Observe physical distancing
  • Limits on the number of people in spaces to maintain social distancing
  • Providing contactless service when possible
  • Maintaining personal health and hygiene measures
  • Increasing the cleaning and monitoring of our facilities.

Contact the Venue Hire team

T +61 (0)2 9320 6182

Our venues

Terrace View

The view from No. 1 William St at night

Image: James Morgan
© Australian Museum

No. 1 William

Enjoy food with a view in this versatile venue. No. 1 William offers stunning views of St Mary’s Cathedral, Hyde Park and the city skyline. A large balcony runs the full length of the venue, with floor-to-ceiling windows providing panoramic views of the city skyline. This venue is sure to impress your guests.

Cocktail: 200
Sit-down: 150

Harbour View Room

Harbour View Room terrace

Image: Daniel Boud
© Australian Museum

Harbour View Room & Terrace

With views north to St Mary’s Cathedral and east to Kings Cross, the Harbour View Room & Terrace is a striking venue for your daytime or evening function. A large balcony with floor to ceiling windows wraps around two sides of the venue filling the room with natural light and presents a unique view of Sydney.

Cocktail: 100
Sit-down: 80
Theatre: 80

2018 AMRI Lifetime Achievement Award

Awards ceremony in the Westpac Long gallery

Image: James Alcock
© Australian Museum

Westpac Long Gallery

Australia’s first museum gallery, dates back to 1857. This high-vaulted space features mezzanine balconies and a beautiful heritage staircase. Specimen cases that surround your guests display 200 Treasures of the Australian Museum showcasing objects from the Museum’s vast collection.

Cocktail: 170
Sit-down: 90

2019 Gala Dinner

Dinner event in Wild Planet

Image: Tim Levy
© Australian Museum

Wild Planet

The first permanent gallery to be opened at the Museum in over 50 years, Wild Planet is sure to wow your guests with over 400 animal specimens on display highlighting global biodiversity.

Cocktail: 200
Sit-down: 80

Dinosaur Gallery - functions

Dinosaurs gallery

Image: Mark Connolly
© photo by rasha photography Rasha


Dramatic lighting, projected scenery and astounding specimens bring this captivating space to life. Showcasing more than 10 life-sized dinosaur skeletons, the Dinosaurs gallery provides a unique setting for your cocktail reception or themed event.

Cocktail: 230
Sit-down: 30

The Dinosaurs gallery and Surviving Australia gallery can be combined to provide extra capacity.

Visitors in the Surviving Australia exhibition at Australian Museum.

Surviving Australia gallery

Image: Anna Kučera
© Australian Museum

Surviving Australia

Featuring Australia’s extinct and living animals, the Surviving Australia gallery provides a distinctive space for a cocktail reception or themed event with an Aussie Outback flavour.

Cocktail: 200
Sit-down: 20

The Dinosaurs gallery and Surviving Australia gallery can be combined to provide extra capacity.

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