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Visitor numbers soar after $45 million Sydney museum revamp

Australians flock to Tyrannosaurs exhibition despite pandemic

More than 230,000 visitors have poured through the doors of the Australian Museum in Sydney since it reopened after a 15-month revamp on Nov. 28, double the rate before it closed. (Photo by Geoff Hiscock)

SYDNEY -- What a difference free admission and a multimillion dollar renovation can make. After decades in the doldrums, the 194-year-old Australian Museum in Sydney -- one of the Asia-Pacific region's oldest Western-style museums -- is humming with visitors, drawn by the lure of its new look and a blockbuster dinosaur exhibition, "The Tyrannosaurs -- Meet the Family."

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