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Sydney Observatory

#14 of 59 Museums in Sydney
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Address: 1003 Upper Fort Street, Sydney, New South Wales 2000, Australia
Phone Number: +61 2 9921 3485
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Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: No
Description: Built in 1858 Sydney Observatory is a fascinating heritage site and public...
Built in 1858 Sydney Observatory is a fascinating heritage site and public observatory. The quintessential visit is a night tour of 90 minute duration which includes telescope viewing and a 3D Space Theatre experience with a planetarium experience in cloudy weather. Day tours are designed for tourists and include a Planetarium 'virtual sky' experience, solar viewing (weather permitting) and a 3D Space Theatre in 30-40 minute tours. Entry to the Observatory is free during the day, tours are a small extra charge ($10 adult or you can use the iventure Sydney card) but well worth it to experience modern astronomy and solar viewing with an astronomer. Night tours ($18 adult) must be booked and prepaid.
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Jupiter, Thebe, Amalthea, Abrastea, and Metis! What a treat!

Stunning building with interesting and understated exhibits. Maybe not perfect for young children unless they are particularly into astronomy/space etc. We had an amazing... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 11, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2015

Stunning building with interesting and understated exhibits. Maybe not perfect for young children unless they are particularly into astronomy/space etc. We had an amazing experience with a tour guide in a large group (made no difference, small or large would have been the same). She took us up into the observatory and we were lucky to see Jupiter and it's... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2015

If you are interested in astronomy, this is a must; if you are not, it's still worth a visit. There is free admission to a museum of astronomical artifacts with a self-guided document. We took in an excellent 3D planets presentation (these very through the day) followed by a visit to the telescope, where, as it was day time, we... More 

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Angeles
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2015

The Sydney Observatory isn't a prime destination for tourists, which works out well for us. Main entry is free and one can choose what paid tours you're interested in. Right outside the walls, great views await you. Better still, on a clear day, pack a lunch, pick a bench and chill out.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015

Entrance is free, but you can buy into various programming that involves the telescopes. PAY ATTENTION TO THE WEATHER. If it is cloudy, you will not get your money's worth from the telescopes and that is what you are paying for!! Otherwise, the old building and grounds are very charming. The museum itself is a little run down, a bit... More 

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Sydney O, Manager at Sydney Observatory, responded to this review

Hi Erik Thanks for taking to time to write a review. There have been a couple of comments like yours of disappointment in not seeing the sky through the telescope on a cloudy or wet day and I am discussing options with the astronomy team because we want happy and satisfied visitors. If you have any suggestions please email me... More 

Haslemere
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2015

The observatory is free to enter, although offers tours and star viewing at night for a small charge. We took the free option and spent a good hour learning from the helpful staff and interesting exhibits & pictures. The location is a gem, offering great views down to the harbour and across to the bridge. Worth the walk to visit... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2015

Apologies that this has taken so long but we wanted to thank you for a fantastic night. Well organised and enjoyable. We loved being able to enter the observatory and it made the evening pass really quickly. Congratulations to you and your team for such a wonderful evening.

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Sydney O, Manager at Sydney Observatory, responded to this review

Hi solsoft Many thanks for your review, I am very pleased to read you had an enjoyable night. Now that we have our new telescope dome in use at night perhaps you will return one day during your travels. The staff at Sydney Observatory are really encouraged by reviews such as yours and we will endeavour to give every visitor... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2015

Being on the east coast, it is not easy to find good places to watch the sunset but this place is one of them if you are outside on the hill. Inside is free to have a wonder around doesn't take that long.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015

Best New Years event in Sydney to enjoy the fireworks with friends. I have been before and the tours are fantastic. The Pizza nights are particularly fun.

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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2015

The observatory is free to look around or you can pay for a tour; I just had a look around. There is information to read and items to look at, you can also look through a large telescope. There is a lovely view of the Harbour Bridge from up here. It's a 15 minute or so walk from the Rocks.... More 

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Douglas, Isle Of Man
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2015

We were disappointed with this as our 7 year old loves space but there was just too much reading for him to get much from it at all. The tour is free, but the film is $26 for a family which includes a telescope viewing. The film was only fifteen minutes and the telescope was unavailable due to the drizzle... More 

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