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Burra Learning Place at Australian Museum

Burra learning space opens at Australian Museum

The Australian Museum launched it’s new children’s space in July.

The Burra learning space uses the story of the Burra or eel to demonstrate how First Nations knowledge and science can complement each other to support the environment.

It’s big, interactive and a lot of fun! Plus entry to the Museum – including the children’s space – is free. Here’s the low down.

What is it?

The layout and activies in the Burra learning place follow the migration of the eel as it travels from inland rivers and estuaries out to sea. By following the life-cycle of the eel, children can learn about nature and conservation.

Is it interactive?

Yes! There are plenty of interactive elements, both related to the eel and First Nations culture, as well as the Australian Museum’s general collection.

Is it good for all ages?

Burra Learning Place

Yes, but probably more for primary school aged children and younger. There are baby and toddler areas with books, cushions and sensory toys. Older kids will enjoy looking at crystals, fossils and shells under a microscope. Or applying the magnifying glass to tables with displays of butterflies and beetles. Preschoolers and early primary will love the magnetic sand with a topographical map broadcast on top.

What facilities are there for families?

The children’s area is adjacent to the Billabong Cafe on level 2 which has plenty of tables. We spotted lots of kids tucking into their lunchboxes both here and at the tables downstairs on level 1. There are baby change facilities on lower ground near the cloaking area, and in the parent’s room on level 2.  Upstairs on level 4 is the No. 1 William restaurant with views or St Mary’s Cathedral.

The Australian Museum is located at 1 William St, Sydney and is open from 9am to 5pm, Monday to Sunday (closed Christmas Day). To find out more:

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