Museum of Sydney

Visit the Museum of Sydney to find out what makes it one of Australia's most significant sites

Museum of Sydney
Museum of Sydney cc licensed photo by Sweet One

The Museum of Sydney was designed by Richard Johnson, one of Sydney's most famous architects and it today sits on one of the most important sites in Australia. The first ever Government House of Australia was actually built on this very site in 1788, to serve as the office and home of the then Governor, Arthur Phillip.

While at the Museum, be sure to take a look at the amazing Edge of the Trees art installation, set up to commemorate the site at which the British colonisers first made contact with the Gadigal people. Several exhibits you won’t want to miss out on while at the Museum of Sydney include models of the first Fleet ships, getting to meet the very first inhabitants of the city, as well as checking out the fascinating archaeological remains from digs at the site of the first Government house. There is also an area set aside for temporary exhibitions, so there is always something new and interesting to see.

In addition to exploring the Museum with its various displays of 19th century collections and modern exhibitions, you can also enjoy the magnificent gardens and views plus daily films about Sydney in the museum's AGL theatre. If you get hungry during all of this exploring you can grab something tasty to eat from the Museum of Sydney cafe.

Admission to the museum includes the option of joining a free guided tour. These are held twice daily beginning at 11am and at 2:30pm.

Nearby attractions include: Justice and Police Museum, Museum of Contemporary Art, Royal Botanic Gardens, Sydney Opera House and Government House.

Facts For Your Visit

Official Website: Museum of Sydney

Fee: Yes

Regular Hours:
May differ on holidays

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

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

Phone: (02) 9251 5988

Official Website: Museum of Sydney


Rated 4.1 out of 5Museum of Sydney Star Rating

5 Star Rating Visiting museum of Sydney for Sydney opera house at 50’s event. Amazing exhibition with a few fun activities for kids. You had an opportunity to listen to an iconic opera while seeing the custom used in the opera or watching part of a theatre while the accessories and clothes are on display. Maestro room was phenomenal for kids and adults.

Rez A - 1 month ago

4 Star Rating Free to the public, has a few great films and other historical reference to the city, including the world renowned Opera House. Be sure to watch the 3-5 minute film at the entrance, and leave a small appreciation note or drawing before you leave.

James Belmore - 2 months ago

4 Star Rating Museum of Sydney had a really great exhibition about the Sydney Opera House. I liked the Lego Opera House and the other diaramas. It was also free entry. A worthy stop if you are in the nearby Circular Quay.

Alice Moon-Star - 2 months ago

5 Star Rating A small local history museum of Sydney. It keeps parts of the first governor’s house to tell how Sydney cove established. And tell tell the story about the aboriginal people first time contact with Europeans. There’s a special exhibition to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Sydney Opera House. Remarkable!

Jill Liao - 4 months ago

5 Star Rating This is the most see museum, which is close to the Sydney Harbor. There is no cost for the entrance, the building itself off three-story, and you can see a wide range of displays. Nice bathrooms, but only on the ground floors. There are several theaters where you can watch about how, the harbor was built all the city itself was designed 🏛️ The Museum of Sydney is a captivating journey through the city's rich history and culture! With interactive exhibits and fascinating artifacts, it offers an immersive experience for all ages. Exploring the museum with family and friends is a great way to spend a day, as it provides valuable insights into Sydney's past and present. Don't miss this cultural gem on your next visit to the city! 🏙️🗺️ #MuseumOfSydney #HistoryAndCulture #MustVisit

Somthing toSee - 3 months ago

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L2, T2, T3, T8 or FerryCircular Quay2 minutes

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By Train or Ferry: Exit at Circular Quay Train Station, cross the street and walk south along Phillip Street to Bridge Street.

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The Museum of Sydney is always introducing new temporary exhibitions such as this one in 2008 focusing on the fascinating role of Flying Boats in the history of the city
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