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.
Facts For Your Visit
Official Website: Museum of SydneyFee: Yes
Some attractions may have reduced hours or be closed due to COVID-19. Please verify opening hours with the attraction before visiting.
- 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
Cnr Phillip and Bridge Sts, at the Museum of Sydney
Sydney New South Wales 2000
Phone: +61 2 9251 5988
David S. Oct-05-2019
This is just another one of those 'city museums', namely those museums that basically give you a complete run down of the city where you happen to be at the... Read More
Jen L. May-17-2018
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
Frank W. Aug-21-2017
This is a fine little museum. It tells the story of the city, and it is located on the site of the first government house. At $10 US and about an hour worth... Read More
Accommodations near Museum of Sydney:
|Line||Nearest Station||Walking Time|
|L2, T2, T3, T8 or Ferry||Circular Quay||2 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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