These are the best museums in Australia:
Cockatoo IslandSydneyCockatoo Island is a UNESCO World Heritage Site at the junction of the Parramatta and Lane Cove River in Sydney Harbour , New South Wales , Australia. Cockatoo Island is the largest of several islands that were originally heavily timbered sandstone knolls . Originally the Island rose to 18 metres (
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Sea Life Sydney AquariumSydneyThis large aquarium houses more than 700 species of marine animals. It is divided into 14 different habitat zones. One of the most popular zones is surely the Dugong Island. Hear one of the talks to learn more about this animal. Sea Life is housed in the same complex as WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo and Mad
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Sea Life Melbourne AquariumMelbourneSea Life Melbourne Aquarium is a Southern Ocean and Antarctic aquarium in central Melbourne , Australia . It is located on the banks of the Yarra River beside and under the Flinders Street Viaduct and the King Street Bridge . The attraction is a Sea Life Centre owned by Merlin Entertainments .
Koala Park SanctuarySydneyThe Koala Park Sanctuary is a privately owned and run wildlife park located at West Pennant Hills in Sydney , Australia . The park is known for its collection of koalas and other animals and is set in a rainforest-like park.
Taronga Zoo SydneyMosmanTaronga is often called one of the best zoos in the world, and for a good reason. The animal exhibits are astounding and accompanied by great views - to get the best view of Sydney's skyline, head to the bird show. To get to the zoo, hop on a ferry and enjoy a scenic ride. Then take a gondola lift
Australian National Maritime MuseumSydneyEstablished in 1991, this giant white building houses extensive collections on all things maritime, divided into six galleries. When you are done with exploring the exhibits inside, step out and explore the historic vessels. The museum also organizes guided tours and various events and activities fo
Old Melbourne GaolMelbourneThis former prison was the place where the most dangerous criminals were held and also executed. It is now preserved as a museum dedicated to its murky history. There are many personal things of the convicted criminals on display as well as the death mask of the notorious criminal Ned Kelly.
Melbourne Town HallMelbourneApart from being a building of great historical value and beauty, the town hall also holds notable theatre plays and exhibitions. Take a free guided tour of the building and learn more about its social and political significance.
Sydney ObservatorySydneyThe Sydney Observatory is a heritage-listed meteorological station , astronomical observatory , function venue, science museum , and education facility located on Observatory Hill at Upper Fort Street, in the inner city Sydney suburb of Millers Point in the City of Sydney local government area of N
Museum of Contemporary Art AustraliaSydneySituated in the heart of the historical district of Sydney, this gallery houses a nice selection of contemporary art that is presented in an engaging way. A special section is dedicated to Australian Aboriginal art. Don't forget to check the events section on the official website to see the temporar
Brisbane Botanic GardensBrisbaneThe City Botanic Gardens (formerly the Brisbane Botanic Gardens ) is a heritage-listed botanic garden on Alice Street, Brisbane City , City of Brisbane , Queensland , Australia. It was also known as Queen's Park. It is located on Gardens Point in the Brisbane CBD and is bordered by the Brisbane Rive
Gulgong Pioneers MuseumGulgong
Mona - Museum of Old and New ArtHobartThe Museum of Old and New Art ( MONA ) is an art museum located within the Moorilla winery on the Berriedale peninsula in Hobart , Tasmania , Australia. It is the largest privately funded museum in the Southern Hemisphere. MONA houses ancient , modern and contemporary art from the David Walsh collec
Museum of SydneySydneyBuilt in 1995 on the ruins of Australia's first government house, this museum showcases the history of Sydney as well as its present through interactive exhibitions. Listen to the stories of people and events that have formed the city as we know it today. You can also join a free tour that will prov
The Rocks Discovery MuseumSydneyThree floors packed with history of the most magical district in Sydney. Learn about the development of the area, from pre-European era to the present. The exhibitions are interactive and highly engaging, kids will love it. Explore various archaeological artefacts and hear stories about events and p
Melbourne ZooMelbourneMelbourne Zoo is a zoo in Melbourne, Australia . It is located within Royal Park in Parkville , approximately 4 kilometres (2.5 mi) north of the centre of Melbourne . It is the primary zoo serving Melbourne. The zoo contains more than 320 animal species from Australia and around the world, and is a
Fremantle PrisonFremantleFremantle Prison , sometimes referred to as Fremantle Gaol or Fremantle Jail , is a former Australian prison and World Heritage Site in Fremantle , Western Australia. The six-hectare (15-acre) site includes the prison cellblocks, gatehouse, perimeter walls, cottages, and tunnels. It was initially us
National Anzac CentreAlbany
Lone Pine Koala SanctuaryBrisbaneLone Pine Koala Sanctuary is an 18-hectare (44-acre) koala sanctuary in the Brisbane suburb of Fig Tree Pocket in Queensland , Australia. Founded in 1927, it is the oldest and largest koala sanctuary of its kind in the world.
Australia ZooBeerwahAustralia Zoo is a 700-acre (280 ha) zoo located in the Australian state of Queensland on the Sunshine Coast near Beerwah / Glass House Mountains . It is a member of the Zoo and Aquarium Association (ZAA), and is owned by Terri Irwin , the widow of Steve Irwin , whose wildlife documentary series The
Carnarvon Space & Technology MuseumBrown Range
Gallery of Modern ArtSouth BrisbaneThe Gallery of Modern Art ( GOMA ) is an art museum located within the Queensland Cultural Centre in the South Bank precinct of Brisbane , Queensland , Australia. The gallery is part of QAGOMA . GOMA, which opened on 2 December 2006, is the largest gallery of modern and contemporary art in Australia
Eden Killer Whale MuseumEden
National Museum of AustraliaCanberraThe National Museum of Australia , in the national capital Canberra , preserves and interprets Australia 's social history, exploring the key issues, people and events that have shaped the nation. It was formally established by the National Museum of Australia Act 1980 . The museum did not have a p
Adelaide ZooAdelaideAdelaide Zoo is Australia's second oldest zoo (after Melbourne Zoo ), and it is operated on a non-profit basis. It is located in the parklands just north of the city centre of Adelaide , South Australia . It is administered by the Royal Zoological Society of South Australia Incorporated (trading as
Queensland MuseumBrisbaneThe Queensland Museum is the state museum of Queensland , dedicated to natural history, cultural heritage, science and human achievement. The museum currently operates from its headquarters and general museum in South Brisbane with specialist museums located in North Ipswich in Ipswich , East Toowo
Commissariat StoreBrisbaneCommissariat Store is a heritage-listed storehouse at 115-127 William Street , Brisbane City , City of Brisbane , Queensland , Australia. It is bordered by William Street, Queen's Wharf Road and the Brisbane River , and is the birthplace of Queensland . It was designed by William John Dumaresq and b
Madame Tussauds SydneySydneyVisit the only Tussaud's wax museum in Australia and meet your favorite celebrities. Snap a picture with locals including Hugh Jackman and Kylie Minogue, as well as international celebs such as Taylor Swift, Ryan Gosling, and Michael Jackson.
Mona – Museum of Old and New ArtHobartThe Museum of Old and New Art ( MONA ) is an art museum located within the Moorilla winery on the Berriedale peninsula in Hobart , Tasmania , Australia. It is the largest privately funded museum in the Southern Hemisphere. MONA houses ancient , modern and contemporary art from the David Walsh collec
North Coast Regional Botanic GardenCoffs HarbourThe North Coast Regional Botanic Garden in Coffs Harbour is a 20 hectare oasis in the heart of Coffs blending a mix of natural coastal forests, planted gardens, discovery walks and picnic areas. On Hardacre Street just one km from the Coffs Harbour CBD on the Mid North Coast region of New South Wale
Susannah PlaceSydneySusannah Place is a heritage-listed former grocery store and workers' cottages and now historic house museum located at 58-64 Gloucester Street in the inner city Sydney suburb of The Rocks in the City of Sydney local government area of New South Wales , Australia. It was built during 1844. It is als
National Gallery of AustraliaCanberraThe National Gallery of Australia ( NGA ), formerly the Australian National Gallery , is the national art museum of Australia as well as one of the largest art museums in Australia, holding more than 166,000 works of art. Located in Canberra in the Australian Capital Territory , it was established i
Art Gallery of New South WalesSydneyThe Art Gallery of New South Wales ( AGNSW ), founded as the New South Wales Academy of Art in 1872 and known as the National Art Gallery of New South Wales between 1883 and 1958, is located in The Domain, Sydney , Australia. It is the most important public gallery in Sydney and one of the largest i
Hyde Park BarracksSydneyThe Hyde Park Barracks, Sydney is a heritage-listed former barracks, hospital, convict accommodation, mint and courthouse and now museum and cafe located at Macquarie Street in the Sydney central business district , in the City of Sydney local government area of New South Wales , Australia. Original
Melbourne MuseumMelbourneThe Melbourne Museum is a natural and cultural history museum located in the Carlton Gardens in Melbourne , Australia . Located adjacent to the Royal Exhibition Building , the museum was opened in 2000 as a project of the Government of Victoria , on behalf of Museums Victoria which administers the v
White Rabbit GallerySydneyWhite Rabbit Gallery houses a stunning collection of contemporary Chinese art that is free to view. After exploring this hidden treasure, be sure to pay a visit to its tea house serving great selection of tea as well as tasty dumplings. Don't forget to look up and marvel at the vintage bird cages de
Immigration MuseumMelbourneThis museum tells the story of Australian immigration and explores related problems - very captivating. Its building is notable itself. Immigration Museum offers a free Multilingual Tour App which you can download to your device.
Old Treasury BuildingEast MelbourneThis fine building holds a historical museum tracing the Gold Rush-led development of Melbourne. Prepare yourself for many interesting historical photos and also stories about the people who lived in this area – from the wild bushrangers to the Governor of Victoria. The museum also organizes many fr
Turkish Bath MuseumMount Wilson
ScienceworksMelbourneScienceworks is a science museum in Melbourne , Australia . It is a venue of Museums Victoria which administers the cultural and scientific collections of the State of Victoria. It is located in the suburb of Spotswood . Opened on 28 March 1992, Scienceworks is housed in a purpose-built building "st
Waltzing Matilda CentreWinton
Sovereign HillBallaratSovereign Hill is an open-air museum in Golden Point , a suburb of Ballarat , Victoria, Australia. Sovereign Hill depicts Ballarat's first ten years after the discovery of gold there in 1851. It was officially opened on 29 November 1970 and has become a nationally acclaimed tourist attraction. It i
WA Museum Boola BardipPerthThe Western Australian Museum is a statutory authority within the Culture and the Arts Portfolio, established under the Museum Act 1969 . The museum has six main sites. The state museum, now known as WA Museum Boola Bardip , officially re-opened on 21 November 2020 in the Perth Cultural Centre . The
National Library of AustraliaCanberraThe National Library of Australia ( NLA ), formerly the Commonwealth National Library and Commonwealth Parliament Library , is the largest reference library in Australia, responsible under the terms of the National Library Act 1960 for "maintaining and developing a national collection of library mat
Australian MuseumSydneyThe Australian Museum is a heritage-listed museum at 1 William Street , Sydney central business district , New South Wales , Australia. It is the oldest museum in Australia , and the fifth oldest natural history museum in the world, with an international reputation in the fields of natural history a
Powerhouse MuseumSydneyThis enormous technology museum has virtually everything in its collection. A giant locomotive will welcome you once you enter and then it is up to you what you choose to explore. Be it space technology or decorative arts, you will surely be overwhelmed. There is also a section dedicated to hands-on
Ballarat Tramway MuseumBallaratThe Ballarat Tramway Museum is an operating tramway museum, located in Ballarat , Victoria, Australia. The museum is run by volunteers and has a fleet of trams which operate on part of the original horse tramway around Lake Wendouree and the Botanical Gardens . It has a large research collection, ar
Perth ZooPerthPerth Zoo is a 17-hectare (41-acre) zoological park in South Perth , Western Australia . The zoo first opened in 1898 and by 2011 housed 1258 animals of 164 species and an extensive botanical collection. It is a full institutional member of the Zoo and Aquarium Association (ZAA) and the World Assoc
Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern TerritoryDarwinThe Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory ( MAGNT ) is the main museum in the Northern Territory . The museum is located in the inner Darwin suburb of Fannie Bay . The MAGNT is governed by the Board of the Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory and is supported by the Museums an
Cairns AquariumCairns City
Ballarat Wildlife ParkBallaratBallarat Wildlife Park is an interactive wildlife park situated in Ballarat , Australia which was opened by Greg Parker in 1987. The Park is situated on 37 acres (15 ha) of natural bush land.
Darwin Military MuseumDarwin
Miles Historical Village MuseumMilesThe Miles Historical Village and Museum is an open-air museum located near the town of Miles, Queensland , Australia. The village consists of 30 buildings, replicas of ones built during the time period of the 1920s.
Tasmanian Museum and Art GalleryHobartThe Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery (TMAG) is a museum located in Hobart , Tasmania . The museum was established in 1846, by the Royal Society of Tasmania , the oldest Royal Society outside England. The TMAG receives 400,000 visitors annually.
Art Gallery of BallaratBallaratThe Art Gallery of Ballarat is the oldest and largest regional art gallery in Australia . Established in 1884 as the Ballarat Fine Art Gallery by the citizens of Ballarat , both the building and part of its collection is listed on the Victorian Heritage Register and by the National Trust of Victori
Cape Jaffa Lighthouse MuseumKingston SECape Jaffa Lighthouse is a decommissioned lighthouse formerly located on Margaret Brock Reef near Cape Jaffa on the southeast coast of South Australia and whose tower has been located in the town of Kingston SE since 1976. The former lighthouse tower is owned by the National Trust of South Australia
Duck Reach MuseumLaunceston
Polly WoodsideMelbourneThe former Melbourne Maritime Museum , now, the Polly Woodside tall ship and museum , managed by the National Trust of Australia , is situated in South Wharf on the Yarra River in the city of Melbourne , Victoria , Australia . It is home to the barque Polly Woodside , the now restored cargo vessel
Treasured Teapot MuseumSydney
Australia Walkabout Wildlife ParkCalga
Ripleys Believe It Or NotGold CoastBizarre and oddities - that's Ripley's! Both children and adults all around the world just love its interactive and enjoyable exhibitions.
Australian Centre For the Moving ImageMelbourneACMI , formerly the Australian Centre for the Moving Image , is Australia's national museum of film, television, videogames , and art. ACMI was established in 2002 and is based at Federation Square in Melbourne , Victoria. During the 2014-15 financial year, 1.3 million people visited ACMI, the secon
Beaconsfield Mine & Heritage CentreBeaconsfield
AQWA The Aquarium Of Western AustraliaPerthThe Aquarium of Western Australia ( AQWA ) is a privately owned aquarium in Hillarys, Western Australia . AQWA was Australia's largest aquarium when it opened and still possesses Australia's largest single aquarium and walk-through underwater tunnel .
Mawson’s Huts Replica MuseumHobart
Sir Thomas Brisbane PlanetariumBrisbaneThe Sir Thomas Brisbane Planetarium is located on the grounds of the Brisbane Botanic Gardens in the suburb of Mount Coot-tha , Brisbane , Queensland , Australia. The Planetarium was officially opened on 24 May 1978. The Planetarium is named after Sir Thomas Brisbane , governor of the colony of New
Caversham Wildlife ParkPerth
Art Gallery of South AustraliaAdelaideThe Art Gallery of South Australia ( AGSA ), established as the National Gallery of South Australia in 1881, is located in Adelaide . It is the most significant visual arts museum in the Australian state of South Australia . It has a collection of almost 45,000 works of art, making it the second lar
Cleland Wildlife ParkGreenhillHave you ever fed kangaroos or touched a koala? No? This is a chance for you! Do not miss this unforgettable experience!
Fossil Preparation LaboratoryWinton Shire
Museum of BrisbaneBrisbaneMuseum of Brisbane (MoB) explores contemporary and historic Brisbane , Australia, and its people through a program of art and social history exhibitions, workshops, talks, tours and children's activities. Located on Level 3, of Brisbane City Hall in the city's CBD , the Museum and its staff are high
South Australian MuseumAdelaideThe South Australian Museum is a natural history museum and research institution in Adelaide , South Australia , founded in 1856 and owned by the Government of South Australia . It occupies a complex of buildings on North Terrace in the cultural precinct of the Adelaide Parklands . Plans are under w
National Portrait GalleryCanberraThe National Portrait Gallery ( NGPA ) in Canberra is a public art gallery containing portraits of prominent Australians. It was established in 1998 and moved to its present building on King Edward Terrace in December 2008.
Adelaide GaolAdelaideAdelaide Gaol is a former Australian prison located in the Park Lands of Adelaide , in the state of South Australia . The gaol was the first permanent one in South Australia and operated from 1841 until 1988. The Gaol is one of the two oldest buildings still standing in South Australia, the other be
Australian Butterfly SanctuaryKurandaThe Australian Butterfly Sanctuary is a butterfly sanctuary and exhibit situated in the centre of Kuranda, Queensland , Australia. Kuranda Butterfly Sanctuary is listed by the Guinness Book of Records as Australia's largest butterfly flight aviary and exhibit. The sanctuary rears a variety of butter
Museum of Australian Democracy Old Parliament HouseCanberraOld Parliament House , formerly known as the Provisional Parliament House , was the seat of the Parliament of Australia from 1927 to 1988. The building began operation on 9 May 1927 after Parliament's relocation from Melbourne to the new capital, Canberra . In 1988, the Commonwealth Parliament trans
Royal Australian MintCanberraThe Royal Australian Mint is the sole producer of all of Australia's circulating coins. The Mint is situated in the Australian federal capital city of Canberra , in Denison St, in the suburb of Deakin . The Mint was opened in 1965 and is a very popular tourist destination for visitors and locals. Be
Reef HQTownsville CityReef HQ (typeset as ReefHQ) is the world's largest living coral reef aquarium . It is located in Townsville, Queensland , Australia. The aquarium was built as a Bicentennial Commemorative project and is a part of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority (GBRMPA). The Coral Reef Exhibit has 130
Canberra Museum and GalleryCanberraCanberra Museum and Gallery is an art gallery and museum in Canberra , the capital of Australia . It is located on London Circuit, in Civic in the centre of the city. The gallery was opened on 13 February 1998. The museum houses a permanent collection called Reflecting Canberra which opened on 14 Fe
QuestaconCanberraQuestacon – The National Science and Technology Centre is an interactive science communication facility in Canberra , Australia. It is a museum with more than 200 interactive exhibits relating to science and technology . It has many science programs that are intended to inspire the children of Austr
WA Maritime MuseumFremantle
ScitechWest PerthScitech is a not-for-profit company operating as the Scitech Science Centre, a permanent, interactive science museum which includes a planetarium in West Perth, Western Australia . The organisation's published mission is "to increase awareness, interest, capability and participation by all Western
Sydney Jewish MuseumSydneyThe Sydney Jewish Museum is a history museum in Sydney , Australia , which documents the Holocaust , the history of the Jewish people in Australia, and explores human rights issues in Australia. The museum is an institution that collects and preserves historic objects, commemorates and educates, wit
Chinese MuseumMelbourneThe Chinese Museum or Museum of Chinese Australian History is an Australian history museum located in Melbourne's Chinatown , which is dedicated to documenting, preserving and displaying the history, heritage and culture of Australia’s Chinese community. The museum was established in 1985 with a cha
Maru Koala and Animal ParkGrantville
Australian Sports MuseumMelbourneThe Australian Sports Museum (formerly the National Sports Museum ) is a museum dedicated to Australian sport and is located within the Melbourne Cricket Ground in Melbourne , Australia . There are exhibits for sports such as cricket , Australian rules football , the Summer and Winter Olympic Games
Brett Whiteley StudioSydney
The Art Gallery of Western Australia | AGWAPerthModern and spacious building housing intriguing exhibitions for hours of browsing through. Easily accessible from train station, runs on donations only!
Old Government HouseSydneyThe Old Government House is a heritage-listed former "country" residence used by ten early governors of New South Wales between 1800 and 1847, located in Parramatta Park in Parramatta , New South Wales , in the greater metropolitan area of Western Sydney , New South Wales , Australia. It is consider
Opal CaveCoober Pedy
Migration MuseumAdelaideThe Migration Museum is a social history museum located in Adelaide , South Australia . It is one of the three museums operated by the History Trust of South Australia. It deals with the immigration and settlement history of South Australia , and maintains both a permanent and a rotating collection
Royal Australian Navy Heritage CentreSydneyThe Royal Australian Navy Heritage Centre is the maritime museum of the Royal Australian Navy . The centre opened on 4 October 2005 and is located within the Public Access Area on the northern end of the Garden Island naval base in Sydney. The need for such a facility was first recognised in 1922, b
National Film and Sound Archive of Australia - NFSACanberraThe National Film and Sound Archive of Australia ( NFSA ), known as ScreenSound Australia from 1999 to 2004, is Australia 's audiovisual archive, responsible for developing, preserving, maintaining, promoting and providing access to a national collection of film , television , sound, radio , video g
Gold Museum - Sovereign HillBallarat
Carrick HillAdelaideCarrick Hill is a publicly accessible historic property at the foot of the Adelaide Hills , in the suburb of Springfield , in South Australia . It was the Adelaide home of Sir Edward "Bill" Hayward and his wife Ursula (née Barr-Smith), and contains a large collection of drawings, sculptures, antique
Australian War MemorialCanberraThe Australian War Memorial is Australia 's national memorial to the members of its armed forces and supporting organisations who have died or participated in wars involving the Commonwealth of Australia and some conflicts involving personnel from the Australian colonies prior to Federation. Opened
Featherdale Sydney Wildlife ParkSydneyFeatherdale Wildlife Park is a zoo located in Doonside , Sydney , Australia. The park is located in Sydney's west, approximately 40 km (25 mi) from Sydney's CBD. The park contains various species native to Australia, and is known to be one of the world's largest collections of Australian fauna . The
Queensland Maritime MuseumSouth BrisbaneThe Queensland Maritime Museum is located on the southern bank of the Brisbane River just south of the South Bank Parklands and Queensland Cultural Centre precinct of Brisbane , and close to the Goodwill Bridge . The museum was founded in 1971 and contains a two-level exhibition building presenting