Australian Museum

The Australian Museum (AM) was founded in 1827 and is the nation’s first museum. The AM has been transformed and visitors can now enjoy transformed spaces and updated amenities. Free general admission includes entry to all permanent exhibitions, as well as the Unsettled and Spark special exhibitions.

The AM is internationally recognised as a natural science and culture institution focused on Australia and the Pacific. With more than 21.9 million objects and specimens and the Australian Museum Research Institute (AMRI), the AM is not only a dynamic source of reliable scientific information on some of the most pressing environmental and social challenges facing our region, but also an important site of cultural exchange and learning.


Unsettled, a groundbreaking First Nations exhibition, is on display in the basement touring exhibition hall from Saturday 22 May through Sunday 10 October.

Spark, a new exhibition highlighting Australian innovations tackling climate change, will be on display in Hintze Hall from Thursday 3 June.

Prehistoric Playground is open daily on Level 2 and features a variety of activities for children of all ages including a fossil lab and interactive dinosaur design station.


Enjoy a leisurely lunch with superb panoramic views across Hyde Park to Sydney Harbour at our rooftop restaurant, No. 1 William, or grab a coffee and a sandwich or snack at our new family-friendly kiosk, the Billabong Waterhole, located on Level 2.


Shop for beautiful objects inspired by the AM’s collections at the new AM Shop. All proceeds help fund AM science, education and exhibitions programs.

Contact & Visit

Australian Museum
1 William St

(02) 9320 6000


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Entry Fees

General admission: To celebrate the reopening, general admission to the AM is free for everyone for a limited time.

Opening Hours

10:00 am to 5:00 pm

The AM will also be open late from 5pm – 9pm on Thursdays until further notice.

Open every day except Christmas Day.