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Still Superb After All These Years

There's no more venerable museum in all of Australia than this one, established in 1827 to obtain and present "many rare and curious specimens of Natural History." Science and nature remain its major focus along with anthropology, with a purview that extends from Sydney's natural and historic heritage to the entire globe. There are exceptional collections of artwork and artifacts from cultures all around the world, with a special focus on Aboriginal peoples and Oceania.

The wildlife celebrated here, meanwhile, covers the gamut from the plankton of the Bluewater Zone edging the Great Barrier Reef to a lovely rogue's gallery of Down Under's infamously deadly critters: the taipan, the box jellyfish, the Indo-Pacific crocodile, and the blue-lined octopus among 'em.

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