The Australian Museum has completed stage one of its transformation plans with the opening of the Crystal Hall Entrance and a new permanent exhibition space.
Crystal Hall, the striking new glass entrance on William Street, was created with environmental sustainability in mind and designed to be carbon neutral.
The Wild Planet gallery, the first new permanent exhibit in more than 50 years, is home to more than 400 animal specimens from all over the world. The exhibit is housed in the historic Barnet Wing, most recently used as a shop and café.
Premier Mike Baird said, ““The State Government is committed to investing in the cultural assets of New South Wales, and the Australian Museum.”
“The nation’s first museum is one of the state’s major cultural institutions. The museum is the custodian of our heritage and through its extraordinary exhibitions, programs and scientific research it continues to play a significant role in our state for both residents and visitors alike.”
The Australian Museum, originally known as the Sydney Museum or Colonial Museum, was founded in 1827 – just four years after Australia was officially named.