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

Fee: Yes

Museum of Sydney Hours:
Opening 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

Museum of Sydney Reviews

Rated 4.1 out of 5 Star Rating

5 Star Rating Free to the public, you probably need around 30min to walk around; longer if you want to go deep into the exhibits. There is a Sydney Opera House as a part of pop culture culture exhibit. You won’t be able to miss this landmark when in Sunday, and the curators did an amazing job with such collection. I appreciated three pieces by a contemporary aboriginal artist located on the first floor, their vision of the first Fleet coming to Sydney. There are some interactive rooms as well.
Katie Koche - 5 months ago

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4 Star Rating My take away from my visit to this museum (that stands on the site of the first governor’s house that was built by Governor Phillip - the first governor of Sydney and the man that led the first 11 ships to bring convicts over from England) is this: if every other Governor and leader had behaved like Governor Phillip to the indigenous people then we would have avoided much of the pains that followed in the colonisation of this island. A beautiful museum and a great place to go to get a good introduction to the history of Sydney and indeed the birth of Australia. And it is free and has a good coffee shop/cafe.
Chim Onyebilanma - a month ago

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5 Star Rating What a wonderful exhibition celebrating our Australian Icon, the Sydney Opera House! Full of posters and costumes from many different performances over the last 50 years. Not to mention, the fantastic figures of the Opera House. I am so happy that I got to see this exhibition before it finished.
Nerine Cummins - 4 months ago

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5 Star Rating It is not big museum. It takes 30 minutes to visit. There is no admission fee. There are exhibits about the city of Sidney in the past. Learned and have many interesting things.
Nomyen - 4 months ago

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4 Star Rating Welcomed by employees at information desk. They explained it's tiny building, fair enough. I don't have to book from website (I don't want to) and it's ok to visit *walk in. Surprise it's free of charge. 2nd floor mostly information about the Opera House. There is lift for easy access. Toilets are clean, it's important for me. Anyway, good enough to see around and spend time near Circular Quay area.
Marko Smith - 5 months ago

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Line Nearest Station Walking Time
L2, T2, T3, T8 or FerryCircular Quay2 minutes

How to get to Museum of Sydney by

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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