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Visit: Australian Museum, New South Wales
Arrive at the Australian Museum at a time that suits you — your ticket is valid anytime the museum is open and includes entrance to the permanent exhibits. Three floors house some of the more than 18 million items in the museum’s collection, including priceless fossils and unusual artifacts. The minerals collection alone holds more than 53,000 specimens from Australia and abroad. In the Surviving Australia exhibition, marvel at massive animals that once roamed Australia, including giant wombats and echidnas. See live animals such as a baby freshwater crocodile, a python, and lizards; then find out how the most dangerous creatures hunt their prey. The Indigenous Australians and Garrigarrang Sea Country exhibits provides an in-depth look at the Aboriginals and Torres Strait Islanders, which are widely considered the world’s oldest living cultures. The exhibit was updated in 2015 with a focus on the history, culture and political struggles of these groups. This popular exhibit combines firsthand narratives with a selection of original artifacts from the museums extensive collection to showcase what it means to be an Indigenous Australian. OPTIONAL EXTRA - Admission PLUS Whales | Tohorā Exhibition Dive into the immersive Whales Tohorā exhibition that brings the incredible world of whales to life at the Australian Museum. Presenting the latest cetacean research from the international scientific community, Whales Tohorā explores the diversity, biology and adaptation of whales to life in our oceans and celebrates their role in South Pacific Islanders’ rich cultural history. Exhibition highlights: • Be enthralled by one of the most extensive collections of whale skeletons ever displayed, including the 18m skeleton of a Bull Sperm Whale • Walk through a life-sized heart of a Blue Whale • Hear a symphony of whale noises in the sound chamber • Enjoy breathtaking live footage from the deep ocean • Get hands-on and touch the vertebra and rib of a fin whale • Uncover the rich whale-riding stories and traditions of the Māori culture Need a break? Enjoy great views from the rooftop cafe, and a menu with snacks, sandwiches, hot dishes, coffee and other drinks for purchase. The gift shop sells a range of educational toys, jewelry and works made by local Indigenous artists.
Entry/Admission - Australian Museum
Special exhibitions may incur an additional entry fee