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Australian Museum

Australian Museum - the oldest Museum in the country, internationally recognized Institute in the field of natural history and anthropology. Here gathered an extensive collection of vertebrate and invertebrate animals, as well as exhibits that introduce the Mineralogy, paleontology and anthropology, Australia and other regions of the world. An important focus of the Museum is scientific research in the field of history and culture of indigenous peoples.

Located on College street, it was originally known as the Colonial or Sydney Museum, and its present name has received in June 1836, after much debate. The idea of creating the Museum belongs to the Philosophical Society of Australasia, and it appeared in 1821, but then started to assemble the first collection. However, a year later the Society disbanded, and the next enthusiast of creating the Museum appeared only in 1826 - it was Alexander Mackley, an entomologist from London, was appointed Secretary of the colony of New South Wales.

The first room of the Museum's collections was a small room in Secretariat Colony, then the Museum several times moved, until in 1849, has not found its permanent "residence" in the present building. This lovely Sandstone building located on the corner of College street and Park street, directly opposite Hyde Park, designed by architect James Barnet. In the mid-20th-century to the building of the Museum was added additional "wings", several galleries were completely restored, and established Exhibition Department. Significantly increased and the number of staff responsible for educational programs.

In March 1978, the Museum made an unusual initiative for his project was launched by the Australian Museum Exhibition Train, which was "to introduce students and residents of New South Wales with the wonders of nature and evolution". In one train you can get acquainted with the evolution of our planet, animals and humans. In the other - to listen to fascinating lectures. In two years, the train traveled all the settlements of the state.

In 1995, the Museum established new research centres in the field of nature protection, biodiversity, evolution, planets, georesource etc.