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The Australian Museum is a heritage-listed museum at 1 William Street, Sydney central business district, New South Wales, Australia currently under renovation. It is the oldest museum in Australia, with an international reputation in the fields of natural history and anthropology. It was first conceived and developed along the contemporary European model of an encyclopedic warehouse of cultural and natural history and features collections of vertebrate and invertebrate zoology, as well as mineralogy, palaeontology and anthropology. Apart from exhibitions, the museum is also involved in Indigenous studies research and community programs. In the museum's early years, collecting was its main priority, and specimens were commonly traded with British and other European institutions. The scientific stature of the museum was established under the curatorship of Gerard Krefft, himself a published scientist. The museum is located at the corner of William Street and College Street in the Sydney central business district, in the City of Sydney local government area of New South Wales, and was originally known as the Colonial Museum or Sydney Museum. The museum was renamed in June 1836 by a sub-committee meeting, when it was resolved during an argument that it should be renamed the "Australian Museum". The Australian Museum building and its collection was added to the New South Wales State Heritage Register on 2 April 1999.Its current CEO and Executive Director is Kim McKay .

Phone

+61 2 9320 6000

Website

http://australianmuseum.net.au/

Opening hours

  • Sunday 09:30 - 17:00
  • Monday 09:30 - 17:00
  • Tuesday 09:30 - 17:00
  • Wednesday 09:30 - 17:00
  • Thursday 09:30 - 17:00
  • Friday 09:30 - 17:00
  • Saturday 09:30 - 17:00
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