Australian police have charged a German student with breaking into a Sydney museum, after CCTV footage showed a man taking selfies next to dinosaur exhibits.

New South Wales Police say Paul Kuhn broke into the Australian Museum on 10 May via some nearby scaffolding before exploring the exhibits for 40 minutes.

The 25-year-old student appeared in court this morning, where police also alleged that he stole a cowboy hat and a piece of artwork.

The Australian Museum is the country's oldest museum. It has been closed to the public since August 2019 for renovations.