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.