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Go for Gold These School Holidays


Thu 17 Dec 2015, 9:30am–5:00pm
Fri 18 Dec 2015, 9:30am–5:00pm
Sat 19 Dec 2015, 9:30am–5:00pm
Sun 20 Dec 2015, 9:30am–5:00pm

Where: Australian Museum, Cnr William & College Streets, Sydney CBD, New South Wales

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Children: $0.00
  • Adults: $23.00
  • Additional fees may apply

Listed by: sarahwp7

With the school holidays here, the Australian Museum (AM) is offering visitors of all ages the chance for a dazzling experience – particularly with two extra special treasures on display Wednesday December 16 to Sunday 20.

For the first weekend of the holidays two of the most valuable additions to the AM’s collection will be exhibited in the historic Long Gallery: the famous Maitland Bar Gold Nugget, the size of a loaf of bread, and Australia’s first bank note.

The nugget, the only surviving large nugget from the golden age of mining in NSW, weighs nearly 11 kg, with a gold content of 9kg. Discovered between Gulgong and Hill End, this invaluable relic of the 19th Century goldrush has been loaned by the NSW Government.

Australia’s first bank note had a value of 10 shillings ($1) and was issued in Sydney on April 8, 1817 – the day the Bank of New South Wales opened (which later became Westpac). This note on extended loan to the Museum from Westpac is also a display first for the AM.

As well as the Maitland Bar and the bank note, visitors can see three other items which will be part of the 200 Treasures exhibition: Sir Hercules, the skeleton of one of Australia’s most important racehorses; the Horned Turtle Skull, a prize of paleontology (both on permanent display in the Long Gallery); and Captain Cook’s Cape, collected on his last fateful voyage in 1788 (currently on display in Trailblazers).

Kids can also explore the Museum’s latest exhibition, Trailblazers: Australia’s 50 Greatest Explorers, as well as the new Wild Planet gallery, which has more than 400 fascinating animals from around the world: thriving, rare, endangered, exotic and extinct species, taxidermied specimens, skeletons and fossils.

General admission to the museum is now free for kids. Surcharges apply for entry to Trailblazers.