The Australian Museum, Sydney

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The Australian Museum in Darlinghurst, Sydney is one of the best places to visit in Sydney with kids. From dinosaurs, precious gemstones to cultural treasures from Australia and the Pacific, the Australian Museum is a place where kids can explore the natural world around them and stimulate their imaginations in the best possible way.

Please note, general admission is free for children 15 years and under. Charges apply for some special exhibitions and events.

Eating and Drinking at the Australian Museum

The Australian Museum has No. 1 William, one of our favourite child friendly cafes located on Level 4 serving breakfast from 9.30am and lunch until 3pm. Coffee, milkshakes, and snack packs and cakes are also available throughout the day.

For more info about No 1 William and other great places to eat out with your kids in the Sydney CBD you can read our blog post here.

If you want to save some money, you are also welcome to pack and bring your own lunch.

Baby Change Facilities

Baby change rooms are available on levels G and 2.

Parking & public transport

Your closest option for parking near the Australian Museum in Darlinghurst is under St Mary’s Cathedral. It’s just a short stroll across the courtyard and you are there.

The closest train station is Museum Station.

The best times to visit

The Museum opens at 9.30am which is generally when the Museum is at its quietest. School term is quieter unless there are a lot of school students booked in.  School holidays and rainy days can be very busy.

Tops tips for planning your visit to the Australian Museum:

  • Check out the latest events for families on our Kids at the Museum page
  • Visit Kidspace, a mini museum for the under 5s on Level 2
  • Visit Search and Discover on Level 2 to touch real specimens, look through microscopes, use computers, read books or quiz our friendly staff
  • Look for staffed Touch-Tables throughout our exhibitions and touch real specimens
  • Immerse your kids in culture in Bayala Nura: Yarning Country and Pacific Spirit.
  • Unearth the secrets of palaeontology in Dinosaurs.
  • Visit the sparkling world of Minerals.

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