Museum of Sydney

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

Museum of Sydney
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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

Open Now

Regular Hours:

  • 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

Category: Museums

Address: Cnr Phillip and Bridge Sts, at the Museum of Sydney
Sydney New South Wales 2000
Australia

Phone: +61 2 9251 5988

Reviews

Yelp Rating:
4 out of 5 4 Star Rating
Based on 16 Reviews.

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4 Star Rating This museum wasn't really all that. Yes it's in a historic location and has some cool stuff but... HOWEVER it's bumped up to 4 stars because the current... Read More

Jen L. May-17-2018

4 Star Rating We'd come here specifically to see the Towers of Tomorrow Lego exhibition but we were early for our allocated timeslot so we took a look around the museum... Read More

Lindsay C. May-31-2016

3 Star Rating I especially wanted to visit the demolished Sydney exhibition. I wasn't as impressed with the depth of the exhibition as there were a number of historical... Read More

Peter T. Mar-25-2017

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Directions

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T2, T3 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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