AUSTRALIAN MUSEUM REOPENS TO THE PUBLIC
Doors Open with Free General Admission from This Saturday 28 November 2020
Sydney, 11:00am, 26 November 2020:
The Australian Museum, closed for the past 15 months for a $57.5 million transformation, the largest in its history, was officially reopened today by the NSW Premier, Gladys Berejiklian and Minister for the Arts Don Harwin, in a ceremony held in the Museum’s new Hintze Hall, named for its donor.
The major renovation of Australia’s first museum, delivered on time and on budget, has redeveloped its public and exhibition spaces, unlocking more than 3,000sqm of new public space, repurposed from back-of- house areas. The expansion allows the AM to host one major international travelling exhibition or two smaller exhibitions at the same time. Other public spaces have also been reimagined, including the creation of a new Museum Shop, a second café, a new Members Lounge, new education rooms, cloaking and new amenities.
Known as Project Discover, the transformation was made possible by the NSW Government contributing $50.5 million and generous philanthropic support from AM private donors contributing more than $7 million.
The Museum will open its doors to the public from this Saturday 28 November, with free general admission for visitors to enjoy the newly revamped public spaces. There are two major exhibitions on show for the AM’s reopening – a special, ticketed exhibition, Tyrannosaurs – Meet the Family and Australian Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year which is free as part of reopening.
NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian said the reopening of the Museum would be welcomed by the people of NSW with the renovation placing the Australian Museum among the region’s finest natural history and cultural institutions.
“The Australian Museum is the country’s first museum so it is only fitting this world class institution has an upgraded home in the heart of Sydney,” Ms Berejiklian said.
“The expanded exhibition areas will house the world’s biggest and best travelling exhibitions and I’m excited for the opportunities it brings for the people of NSW and visitors from around the globe.”
At today’s ribbon-cutting ceremony, Minister for the Arts Don Harwin, said the Museum was an important cultural home for the people of NSW and all Australians.
“Our cultural institutions come alive only when we inhabit them,” Minister Harwin said.
“The renewed and expanded Australian Museum is a place for everyone to enjoy – all the time. A civic space where people can meet and spend time together, discover and explore.
“With its rich history, the Australian Museum has witnessed significant changes in our society and continues to play an important role in our cultural landscape.
“The Museum’s transformation has put it firmly on the world stage, yet it remains a truly Australian museum and an iconic part of Sydney’s own backyard.”
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