Culture + Places

Australian Museum Masterplan

Culture + Places

Australian Museum Masterplan


1 William Street, Sydney


Australian Museum


Hames Sharley Architects


Mechanical, Electrical, Fire Protection, Hydraulics, Sustainability, Information + Communication Technology (ICT), Vertical Transportation

Established in 1827, the Australian Museum (AM) is the country’s first public museum, with more than 100 scientists, but with only a fraction of the floor space of similar institutions around Australia and in the region.

The AM’s Master Plan is a game-changer for New South Wales and Sydney.  Bringing new experiences, digital engagement, and community participation to Sydney at an unparalleled level, the AM will redefine the role of a museum and deliver significant benefits to the State and people of NSW.

The Australian Museum (AM) will become a global landmark sought out by an increasing number of tourists and regularly visited by locals who want to discover the latest adventures and cultural experiences this extraordinary museum has to offer.

The AM’s world-class extensive collections and highly regarded on-site scientific research are undervalued due to the outdated and inaccessible infrastructure, lack of a suitable touring exhibition hall, lack of education STEM learning spaces and poor visitor circulation.

ADP had a critical role advising the Australian Museum of key opportunities for the reconfiguration of existing facilities and the construction of new facilities to meet the Vision of the museum.  As part of our remit we developed the competition brief from a services perspective as well as assessing the competition submissions.

On government approval, the masterplan is slated to start in 2020 and open in 2024.

ADP Australian Museum Masterplan

To learn more about the project get in touch:

Director / Innovation and Technology / National Culture + Places Sector Lead

Jon Shally

P: +61 2 8203 5447
M: +61 433 044 741
E: [email protected]

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