The Australian Museum is a place of exploration and discovery, inspiring responsibility for our world by promoting knowledge, understanding and enjoyment of science, nature and culture.
It was established in Sydney in 1827 as Australia’s first public museum with the aim of acquiring ‘many rare and curious specimens of natural history’.
More than 180 years later, this ‘beautiful collection of Australian curiosities’ has grown to comprise more than 18 million cultural objects and scientific specimens with the museum at the forefront of Australian scientific research and education.
Through a dynamic range of exhibitions and innovative public programs, the Australian Museum continues to inform and amaze generations of visitors about the unique flora, fauna and cultures of Australia and the Pacific.
In 2012-2013, the museum attracted more than 430,000 visitors, with an additional 9.5 million web page views. It also has a strong regional presence through touring exhibitions, partnerships and outreach programs – video conferencing and Museum in a Box – to provide greater access to its collections, research and programs.