Australian Museum

Australian Museum information

Location
Sydney , Australia
Address
6 College St
Telephone
+61 2 9320 6000
Getting there
Train: Museum
More information
www.australianmuseum.net.au
Prices
adult/child $15/8
Opening hours
9.30am-5pm
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This natural-history museum, established just 40 years after the First Fleet dropped anchor, has endeavoured to shrug off its museum-that-should-be-in-a-museum feel by jazzing things up a little. Hence dusty taxidermy has been interspersed with video projections and a terrarium with live snakes, while dinosaur skeletons cosy up to life-size re-creations. Yet it's the most old-fashioned sections that are arguably the most interesting – the large collection of crystals and precious stones, and the hall of skeletons.

The latter has an intriguingly bizarre tableau of a skeletal man riding a horse, and another sitting in a comfy chair next to his underfed pets.

Also worthwhile is the Indigenous Australians section, covering Aboriginal history and spirituality, from Dreaming stories to videos of the Freedom Rides of the 1960s. There are also interesting displays on extinct megafauna (giant wombats – simultaneously cuddly and terrifying), and a sad 'where are they now' exhibit featuring stuffed remains and video footage of recently extinct species.