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Revamp funding for Australian Museum announced

Revamp funding for Australian Museum announced
4 Jul 2014

The Australian Museum in Sydney is set to undergo a revamp. Troy Grant, New South Wales minister for the arts, recently gave word of $7.2 million in funding for the change.

He said the NSW government sees the museum's importance to Sydney, the state and Australia more widely, and is giving funding to important work and planning in order to make sure the venue can offer "a world-class visitor experience to the people of NSW and to interstate and international tourists."

The museum is set to be given $4.7 million during the course of two years in order to finish a so called Master Plan detailing a range of fresh developments.

Under the plan, new learning spaces are set to be created, as will a new space for temporary shows and a new home for the Australian Museum Pacific collection.

Meanwhile, another $2.5 million in funding is being provided for the implementation of New Australian Museum Stage 1 - this is aiming to improve accessibility and the experience of visitors through things like a new William Street entrance and new brasserie on the rooftop.

"We are excited to receive this funding from the NSW Government which will allow us to immediately begin transforming the museum," commented museum director, Kim McKay.

"The visitor experience will be markedly improved by moving the main entrance to William Street. Our permanent gallery space will be added to for the first time in over 50 years with the creation of 632 m2 of exhibition space on biodiversity featuring more than 400 animals."

All this is an initial step in a longer term Master Plan, she said, with the funding received for planning enabling the museum to create detailed plans for this.

The Australian Museum was first established in 1827 and boasts a culture and natural science collection featuring over 18 million items.

The museum is currently home to the dino-themed Tyrannosaurus: Meet the family show, which is set to remain in place until later this month, closing on July 27th.ADNFCR-408-ID-801733377-ADNFCR

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