The Australian Museum in Sydney is reopening to the public on Saturday 28 November after a 15-month $58m overhaul that sees its public spaces significantly increased in size. As a bonus to the public, admission that weekend will be free.
In its most extensive renovation in decades, Australia’s first museum, which was founded in 1827, has redeveloped its public and exhibition spaces which includes more than 3,000sqm of new public space.
Known as ‘Project Discover’, the transformation was made possible by the NSW Government contributing $50.5m and some philanthropic support from private donors.
“The Australian Museum is now a truly civic space for Sydney,” said Minister for the Arts, Don Harwin. “One which we all will be able to visit often and be incredibly proud.”
The museum is renowned for its exhibitions from creative industries, as well as for science and innovation displays.
The first exhibition to enter the new gallery is Tyrannosaurs – Meet the Family – an update on one of the AM’s most popular exhibitions, which has been touring in the USA and Europe over the past five years.
In addition, the Australian Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year exhibition will also return to the AM in the Grand Hall exhibition space in time for reopening.