Journey through the evolution of Central Australia through exhibits including a replica paleontological dig, and an ancient waterhole with mega-fauna.

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Central Australia's unique natural and geological history is explained at the Museum of Central Australia in Alice Springs. In the exhibitions that describe the evolution of the landscape and the fascinating creatures that inhabited it you will see meteorite fragments, fossils and interpretive displays as well as a replica of the ancient Alcoota waterhole. At this internationally significant fossil site a giant freshwater crocodile and the largest bird that ever lived were discovered.

Contemporary Central Australia is explained in a display about the birds, mammals, reptiles and insects you will see as you tour the outback.

The Museum of Central Australia also houses the Strehlow Research Centre, an important collection 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. The collection is on display in exhibitions and permanent installations.

The Museum of Central Australia is part of the Araluen Cultural Precinct.

Opening times:
Monday to Fridays 10am to 4pm, Saturday and Sundays 11am to 4pm. Closed Good Friday and two weeks over Christmas.
Entry cost:
$40 / $15 / $10 / Children under five are free of charge.
  • BBQ Facilities
  • Bicycle Rack
  • Cafe
  • Car park
  • Child Activities
  • First aid equipment
  • Interpretive Centre
  • Interactive Centre
  • Public Toilet
  • Shaded Area
  • Sheltered Area
  • Australian Tourism Accreditation Program