Less than one percent of the Australian Museums vast collection is on display. The Behind the Scenes Tour offers visitors the opportunity to see all those items kept in storage behind the scenes.
Sneak a peek at an irreplaceable collection of more than 16 million objects and experience incredible treasures - creatures large and small, birds and mammals, ancient fossils and precious minerals, plus incredible cultural artefacts from Indigenous Australia and the Pacific.
Visit working areas normally reserved for staff and researchers, where rare specimens are carefully preserved, and scientists conduct the latest scientific research into life on planet Earth.
the Goliath Tarantula - a South American spider that can grow as large as a dinner plate
20,000-year-old Diprotodon fossils
the jaws from a Scalloped Hammerhead Shark
the Tasmanian Tiger - one of 140 specimens of extinct species in the Museums collection
a rug made from 75 Platypus skins
the largest collection of Funnel-web Spiders in Australia
a King Penguin collected by Sir Douglas Mawsons Antarctic Expedition in 1912-13
a Torres Strait Island dance mask acquired by the Museum in 1907
items collected by Captain James Cook and spears in the Pacific Collection
a giant crab and lobster in the Marine Invertebrates Collection
painted ladies opals in the Gem Vault
exotic butterfly and beetle collection
the taxidermy lab
opalised fossils 110 million years old
Duration: 2 hours
Non-Members $130 per person
Australian Museum Members $110 per person
Group booking of 6 or more people $110 per person
Bookings essential and required 3 pm two working days prior
Children 12 years and under not permitted
Tours limited to maximum of 11 people per tour
Exclusive group tours for 6 or more people can be arranged on request - ideal for corporate team-building events, clubs, social groups and community groups. Conditions apply.
Tickets are non-refundable and non-transferable.
Visit the Australian Museum website via the link below for more information and conditions.
Daily, 11am (except Christmas Day)
Tour leaves promptly. Bookings Essential. Please arrive 15mins prior to tour start