Find out what goes on behind the scenes of a great natural history museum during your private 2-hour tour of the Australian Museum.
With your guide leading the way, you’ll get exclusive access to the museum’s inner sanctum where you can view rare artifacts that are not on display to the general public. Admire cultural treasures from indigenous Australia and the Pacific, including items that Captain Cook collected during his voyages in the 1700s.
You’ll also examine rare animal specimens such as the massive goliath tarantula, an unusual assortment of exotic beetles and butterflies, and the extinct thylacine (Tasmanian tiger), which was the world’s biggest marsupial carnivore before going extinct in the 20th century. Check out how the taxidermy lab works and head into the paleontology wing to marvel at the hulking skull of a Diprotodon, one of the species of extinct Australian megafauna.
Your guide also shares the importance of the Australian Museum, which has spearheaded scientific research in Australia since its beginnings in 1827. The museum is heralded for its focus on anthropology and natural history, and its modern day educational mission.
Your guide gives you a souvenir postcard packet at the end of your 2-hour tour. Take in the general collection at your leisure after a memorable insider experience.