The Australian Museum has announced an ambitious $285 million expansion programme which it is hoped will propel the museum into the Top 5 worldwide.
The museum’s masterplan – called barrabuwari muru, or ‘future path’ in Sydney’s indigenous language – includes a new building, tripling exhibition space. Currently only around 1 per cent of the museum’s 18 million objects can be displayed.
A Pacific Spirit Gallery and a Story of Australia Gallery are two of the new spaces being proposed.
The Australian Museum is located in Sydney. It was founded in 1927 with the mission to collect ‘many rare and curious specimens of Natural History’.
The plans are being considered by the New South Wales Government. If approved, an architecture competition will be launched for the design of the new building.
The Australian Museum already owns the adjacent site on which the new facility would be built. Pending approvals, the expansion work could be complete by 2022.
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