Postcards from 100 years ago



The Australian Museum 

The Australian Museum has occupied the current site since it opened to the public in 1857. The extended and enlarged complex of sandstone buildings now provide its principal exhibition, administrative and research accommodation.  The Australian Museum (established 1827) houses the nation’s most important animal, mineral, fossil and anthropological collections, and prides itself on its innovative research into Australia’s environment and indigenous cultures. 

The Australian Museum is the oldest museum in Australia, centering on natural history and anthropology, with collections centering on vertebrate and invertebrate zoology, as well as minerology, palaeontology, and anthropology. 

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. 


157 Museum

157 Australian Museum and College Street










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