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Australian Museums

The Australian Museum in Sydney, NSW is the oldest museum in Australia. It was founded on 30 March 1845 by the Secretary of State for the Colonies, Earl Bathurst. The NSW Governor provided £200 yearly towards its upkeep.

The museum was originally known as the Colonial Museum and renamed in June 1836 the Australian Museum. In 1849 the museum moved to its current location on the corner of College and Park Streets. It didn’t open to the public until May 1857. The museum’s collections feature zoology, mineralogy, palaeontology, and anthropology and is also involved in indigenous studies research and community programs.

The following are Australian museums
that have websites on the Internet.

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Australian Capital Territory

  1. Australian War Memorial
  2. Canberra Bicycle Museum
  3. National Dinosaur Museum
  4. National Gallery of Australia
  5. National Museum of Australia
  6. Old Canberra Tram Company
  7. Questacon

New South Wales

  1. Australia’s Museum of Flight
  2. Australian Aviation Museum
  3. Australian Centre for Photography
  4. Australian Heritage Fleet
  5. Australian Museum Online
  6. Australian National Maritime Museum
  7. Fighter World
  8. Historic Houses Trust of NSW
  9. Hyde Park Barracks Museum (convicts)
  10. Illawarra Light Railway Museum Society
  11. Justice and Police Museum
  12. Museum of Contemporary Art
  13. Museum of Fire
  14. Museum of Sydney
  15. National Motorcycle Museum of Australia
  16. NSW Rail Transport Museum
  17. Powerhouse Museum
  18. Science Centre
  19. Sydney University Museums
  20. Sydney Tramway Museum
  21. Tennis Museum of Australia
  22. Temora Aviation Museum

Western Australia

  1. Aviation Heritage Museum of WA
  2. Berndt Museum of Anthropology
  3. RAAF Assoc Heritage Museum
  4. Western Australia Museums

Northern Territory

  1. Adelaide Masonic Centre Museum
  2. MAGNT – Museums & Art Galleries of NT
  3. NT Chinese Museum


  1. Australian Stockman’s Hall of Fame
  2. Brisbane Tramway Museum
  3. Crystal Caves
  4. Physics Museum University of QLD
  5. Qantas Founders Outback Museum
  6. Queensland Museum
  7. Queensland Air Museum
  8. Queensland Maritime Museum
  9. Marks-Hirshfeld Museum of Medical History


  1. Allport Library and Museum of Fine Arts
  2. Australian Antarctic Display
  3. Bligh Museum of Pacific Exploration
  4. City Park Radio Museum
  5. Port Arthur Historic Site
  6. Tasmanian Museum
  7. Tasmanian Transport Museum
  8. Ulverstone Local History Museum


  1. Australia4 National Aviation Museum
    Oldest volunteer aviation museum in Australia and one of the largest.
  2. Australian Racing Museum – horse racing
  3. Ballarat Gold Museum
  4. Ballarat Tramway Museum
  5. Bellarine Historical Society Museum
  6. Golden Dragon Museum
  7. Cohuna Historical Society Museum
  8. Fire Services Museum of Victoria
  9. Geelong Naval and Maritime Museum
  10. Immigration Museum Victoria
  11. Maffra Sugarbeet Museum
  12. Medical History Museum
  13. Melbourne Living Museum of the West
  14. Moorabin Air Museum
  15. Museum of Chinese Australian History
  16. Museum of Victoria
  17. Organ Historical Trust of Australia
  18. RAAF Museum – Point Cook
  19. Swan Hill Pioneer Settlement
    use the Settlement link on their side navigation to find it
  20. Tramway Museum Society of Victoria
  21. Vietnam Veterans Museum

South Australia

  1. Classic Jets Fighter Museum.
  2. Investigator Science & Technology
  3. Maritime Museum
  4. Migration Museum
  5. National Motor Museum
  6. National Railway Museum Port Adelaide
  7. Performing Arts Collection of SA
  8. Rodney Fox Shark Museum
  9. South Australian Aviation Museum
  10. South Australian Museum
  11. Waite Arboretum


  1. Health & Medical Museums Australia
  2. Museums Australia
    national organisation for museums
  3. Australian Archaeological Association

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