Since the First Fleet arrived in the eighteenth century, Australia has developed at a phenomenal rate and has left a trail of fascinating history on its way. From maritime heritage to the natural world and cricket to nineteenth century prison life, there’s an aspect of Australian history to interest every visitor. Explore it all with our pick of Australia’s greatest museums.
Australian Museum, Sydney
Established opposite Hyde Park since 1827, The Australian Museum in Sydney is the country’s first museum is internationally recognised for its research on indigenous and natural history. As well as exhibitions and community programs, some of the areas of research undertaken at the museum include earth sciences, anthropology and environmental sciences.
Situated at Darling Harbour, the National Maritime Museum displays a range of exhibitions and carried out a range of research and programs to preserve the fascinating maritime heritage for future generations. Discover this history with a range of creative and interactive events.
National Automobile Museum, Tasmania
Tasmania is home to a variety of fascinating attractions, but the National Automobile Museum is a must for any petrol head. Located opposite City Park, the museum is home to a wide range of vehicles from the last hundred years and exhibits regular displays including prestigious cars such as Mercedes-Benz, Bentleys and Rolls-Royce as well as restored cars and motorbikes.
The Bradman Museum of Cricket, Bowral
Australians are renowned for its love of cricket, and even if you don’t share their enthusiasm The Bradman Museum is still worth a visit. Sir Donald Bradman was an Australian legend and at this museum opposite Bradman’s former home in Bowral, New South Wales, visitors can explore the history of cricket and view a range of important and interesting cricket memorabilia.
Old Melbourne Gaol, Melbourne
Situated on Russell Street alongside the historical Magistrates’ Court and the former Police City Watch House, the Old Melbourne Goal is Australia’s oldest prison and visitors can explore all three of these sites which are collectively known as the Crime and Justice Experience. The prison’s best known inmate is the notorious bushranger, Ned Kelly who was hanged here for his murder of three policemen. Nowadays visitors to the prison can catch a glimpse of Melbourne prison life in the 1800s.
Norman Lindsay Gallery and Museum, Faulconbridge
Australian-born Norman Lindsay is a world-famous artist and writer and is renowned for creating The Magic Pudding. At his National Trust operated gallery and museum in Faulconbridge, New South Wales, you’ll find a collection of his works as well as beautifully manicured lawns and gardens that provide the ideal setting for a day out. Find great deals on the Cheapflights site and head out to enjoy it.
There’s a lot of history to explore in Australia, but if you’d rather stay in modern times head to Australia’s National Science and Technology Centre at Questacon in Canberra. Offering a range of exhibitions, interactive displays, activities and tours, there’s a whole host of things to discover including dinosaurs, photography, sound and light, weather, science and much more.