Justice and Police Museum

Visit Justice and Police Museum, a leading cultural attraction in Sydney with lots to see and do

Old weapons on display at the Sydney Justice and Police Museum
Old weapons on display at the Sydney Justice and Police Museum cc licensed photo by Soon.

Once at the Justice and Police Museum, you will be able to examine the history of law, crime and policing in New South Wales. You may also explore the atmospheric interior of the building, stand before the Duty Sergeant’s desk in the Charge Room and view the shocking collection of weapons and mug-shots of criminal offenders.

The museum also houses a vast film archive which documents, police investigations, over nine thousand objects and other important records. Here, you will find a wealth of information on policing in New South Wales, the social history of law and crime. The museum also offers a comprehensive school education program, as well as other lively programs designed to provide the public with information. It's great fun exploring the corridors of the Museum with names deeply carved into the sandstone walls, as well as meticulous handwriting preserved in the numerous forms and documents the former court building contains.

Check out the huge assortment of weapons dating back as far as 1910 in the Crime Museum. Walk down the foreboding Corridor of Cells and imagine what it was like for the criminals in past days.

Facts For Your Visit

Official Website: Justice and Police Museum

Fee: Yes

Regular Hours:
May differ on holidays

  • Monday: Closed
  • Tuesday: Closed
  • Wednesday: Closed
  • Thursday: Closed
  • Friday: Closed
  • Saturday: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
  • Sunday: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Address: Cnr Phillip St &, Albert St, Sydney NSW 2000, Australia

Phone: (02) 9252 1144

Official Website: Justice and Police Museum


Rated 4.5 out of 5Justice and Police Museum Star Rating

5 Star Rating Great Sydney museum, with free admission. Displays feature various aspects of crime and punishment in Sydney, with an emphasis on the late 19th and early-to-mid 20th centuries. Some "hands on" exhibits, including the safe cracking simulation. Also features many crime-scene photographs, some of these include images of deceased victims. Nothing overly gory, just something to be aware of.

Mark Mc Laughlin - 2 months ago

5 Star Rating Quite an interesting museum located near the Opera house. Free of charge with a small activity for children. Very welcoming staff as well

Simeon Xavier Thomas - 1 month ago

5 Star Rating Great museum, which really takes you back to a very dark time in the history of Sydney. Well done with very informative displays.

Mark Lack - 4 months ago

5 Star Rating A hidden Gem full of surprises!!! Justice and Police Museum offers a limited but deep collection of history of crime and famous criminal cases. Free entry on weekend. Its a heritage-listed former water police station, offices and courthouse. The museum is located at 4-8 Phillip Street on the corner of Albert Street and easily accessible with public transport (a short 5 min walk from Circular Quay Station). Spot 1 h to explore the museum. Highly recommended!!!

Mohammad Kalantari - 1 year ago

4 Star Rating Its a heritage listed building constructed from sandstone in 1856. Go on the dark past of the corridor cells, criminals, their crimes. Step into the archive gallery displaying portraits and weapons of the underworld during the last century in Sydney. Good insights on Sydney’s Home of Crime. Free admission on weekends till end of Jun22

bernard chee - 1 year ago

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L2, T2, T3 or FerryCircular Quay1 minute

How to get to Justice and Police Museum by

By Train or Ferry: Exit at Circular Quay, cross the street and walk east on on Alfred Street to Phillip Street and follow it around the corner to Albert Street. The museum is right on the southeast corner.

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Video about the origin of the 'City of Shadows' exhibition at the Police and Justice Museum
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