The Australian Museum will reopen to the public on 28 November 2020, following our 15-month redevelopment, Project Discover. 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.


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

To ensure our events are COVID-Safe, we adhere to the following principles:

  • Events can be accommodated subject to the COVID-Safe room capacity and an approved floor plan.
  • Social distancing requirements apply with all guests seated according to the 4 square metre and 1.5 metre separation rules. There cannot be any mingling, networking or singing, and only dancing which meets Government guidelines for weddings is permitted.
  • Drinks may only be served to seated guests.
  • No buffet, grazing or other share-style catering options are currently available.

Contact the Venue Hire team

T +61 (0)2 9320 6182
E functions@austmus.gov.au


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



1892
The Australian Museum's 1892 building on William Street. Image: Lisa Taylor
© Lisa Taylor

1892

This gothic fronted history gem located on William Street provides a distinctive function venue. Recently renovated and self-contained from the rest of the Australian Museum, 1892 is a memorable function space ideal for meetings, cocktail parties and product launches.


Cocktail: 140
Sit-down: 90



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

Dinosaurs

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.



Surviving Australia Gallery

Surviving Australia gallery

Image: Stuart Humphreys
© 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.



Paul Keating Event in Garrigarrang 2015
An evening with Paul Keating - Reflections on the Redfern Park Speech in Contemporary Australia. A dinner event held in Garrigarrang - Sea Country gallery on Wednesday 9 December 2015. Image: Tim Levy
© Australian Museum

First Australians Galleries

The galleries house two contemporary exhibitions, Garrigarrang: Sea Country and Bayala Nura: Yarning Country. Planning conditions apply for the use of the First Australians Galleries.


Cocktail: 150
Sit-down: 70



Couple in Pacific

Pacific Spirit gallery

Image: Daniel Boud
© Australian Museum

Pacific Spirit

Experience the colour, culture and artistry of one of the world's most diverse regions. Planning conditions apply for the use of Pacific Spirit.


Cocktail: 60
Sit-down: 20



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