Museum of Central Australia

The Museum of Central Australia tells the story of Central Australia's unique natural and geological history. 

Exhibitions follow the evolution of the landscape and the fascinating creatures that inhabited it. 

History travels from the big bang to the present day, meteorite fragments, fossils and interpretive displays show the geological history of the Central Australia.

A replica of the ancient Alcoota waterhole, a major scientific site in the region, displays some of the surprising megafauna fossils discovered in the internationally significant Alcoota fossil site. This includes a giant freshwater crocodile and the largest bird that ever lived.

An outstanding exhibition of the Central Australian birds, mammals, reptiles and insects gives you the chance to identify many of the creatures you can see on their travels through the red centre.

Go to the Northern Territory Government website for more information.

Strehlow Research Centre

The Museum of Central Australia houses the Strehlow Research Centre, one of Australia's most important collections of film, sound, archival records and museum objects relating to Indigenous ceremonial life. 

The Strehlow collection was accumulated by the Lutheran Pastor Carl Strehlow and his son Professor TGH Strehlow over two generations of anthropological research with the Aboriginal people of Central Australia.

Audio guide

The Museum of Central Australia has a free audio guide to talk you through the geological and fossil history of Central Australia.

You can download the audio tour app on your own apple device, or you can use an iPod provided by the museum.

Download the Museum of Central Australia application from the iTunes store to your iPhone, iPod or iPad.

If you borrow an iPod for the museum you will need to leave a driver licence, credit card or other form of identification as a deposit. This will be returned when you return the iPod.

Go to the Northern Territory Government website for more information on the Araluen Cultural Precinct.

Last updated: 04 November 2019


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