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Revamped Australian Museum to reopen next month

By ALLISON HORE After months of extensive renovations the Australian Museum in Sydney will reopen to the public next month. The 15-month building transformation cost $57.5m and is the most extensive renovation to the historic natural history museum in decades. The renovation saw 3,000 square meters of back of house areas transformed into new public […]

Powerhouse move on new timeline

By ALLISON HORE Originally slated to be shut down in January, the controversial closure of the Powerhouse Museum’s Ultimo site has been pushed back again. The staged shutdown of the museum is set to begin in June next year. In May, newly appointed museum CEO Lisa Havilah told the Sydney Morning Herald that she would […]

Steps to a greener Sydney

By ALLISON HORE In the last week of June, NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian announced a $340 million dollar “Open Spaces and Greener Sydney” package, outlining her commitment to increasing Sydney’s tree canopy and creating more quality green spaces in residential areas. “Planting trees and creating new parks is just as important as building new roads, […]


Like many countries in the world Australians love museums. We identify strongly with our own iconic artefacts such as the stuffed carcass of Phar Lap and embrace the historic touring collections such as the recently announced King Tut extravaganza for the Australian Museum. When the State Government announced that the Powerhouse Museum is to be […]

Jurassic Lounge: 2099

The Australian Museum comes to life at night. The museum is bringing back the Jurassic Lounge after-hours party for adults in style this month by sending guests to the year 2099.  After the sun goes down, the museum will turn into the ultimate space-age playground for adults with a futuristic line-up of music, performances, interactive […]


Here’s an unusual, almost philosophical question for you. What’s worth more - a 500 year old painting of Christ by Leonardo Da Vinci or a 42,000 year old, almost perfectly preserved baby mammoth? Both have been in the news of late and both are great examples of how we value or overvalue such seemingly rare […]

Gruesome Discoveries: Sydney’s Museum of Horrors for Halloween

BY ALANNAH MAHER Are you hunting down an unconventional event to kick off your Halloween weekend? While disgruntled people shake their fists at jack o’ lanterns and argue about whether Halloween should even be acknowledged and celebrated in Australia––the fun seekers, macabre lovers and science fans among us can zombie-march down to the Australian Museum this […]


A wall of carved skulls, which were once part of the Pyrmont incinerator, adorns the entrance of Aztecs, the new exhibition at the Australian Museum. It's a suitably gothic introduction to a presentation that is not afraid to explore the more gruesome aspects of this lost civilisation. The visually spectacular display artfully conveys the intricacy […]

Australian Museum to light up

Sydney’s Indigenous history and culture is set to be celebrated at the Australian Museum, with still images from a film work of Aboriginal women draped in cloth to be projected onto a 20-metre façade. The key artwork to be displayed is by Sydney-based Wiradjuri artist Nicole Foreshew. The Aboriginal concept of place, tracing personal histories […]

Jurassic Lounge’s big bang

An after hours party in the Museum? There’s an idea. Dancing the night away next to T-Rex or some other giant carnivore – now that’s a wild party. No, this is not the plot for a new Pixar film, it’s Jurassic Lounge, showcasing a unique kaleidoscope of emerging artists, inside the sandstone walls of the […]