Museum of Sydney
Museum of Sydney
3.5
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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
About
Enjoy our latest exhibitions, the fascinating archaeological remains at the site of the colony's first Government House built in 1788 and see award winning contemporary sculpture 'Edge of the Trees'. Journey though Sydney's 200+ year history and learn about the people, places and cultures that have made it such a cosmopolitan city. Closed Christmas Day.
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Neighborhood: Central Business District
The Sydney Central Business District is abuzz with energy. Power brokers run to and from high rise buildings and after-work drink places, high-end shoppers tour venues like the QVB, and fine diners frequent the many celebrity chef restaurants. For a dose of culture, walk to the NSW Art Gallery, or visit the Sydney Museum. To escape the hustle and bustle, reconnect with nature at the Sydney Botanical Gardens or picnic lunch at High Park. No matter your interest, be sure to check the full calendar of events hosted by the city, from the Sydney Festival in January to October’s Good Food Month at Hyde Park.
How to get there
  • Circular Quay • 4 min walk
  • Martin Place • 7 min walk
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3.5
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ianjoy2020
Forde, Australia2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2020
Staff were very friendly and helpful. Exhibition of Marion Mahony Griffin was excellent, in that it was detailed and inspirational. I ended up buying her biography; Making Magic, The Marion Mahony Griffin Story. The exhibited models and information of the Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge were also an eye opener. Could have stayed another hour or more to absorb what was displayed. It's well worth a couple of hours visit to this small museum that children would find interesting too.
Written December 11, 2020
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CasandraTP
Sydney, Australia3,578 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2022 • Family
The main reason I visited was to see the Gerwyn Davies exhibition Iridescent which was fabulous and is worth seeing but I have to say the rest of the museum is underwhelming. The How To Move A Zoo was really basic and left us asking for more. It just feels a little bare and not much there to offer. Compared to the other museums Sydney has to offer this really doesn’t make the grade especially since entrance fee is more than the others. I’m glad I saw Iridescent but I won’t be coming back in a hurry.
Written January 21, 2022
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Tam K
Dubai, United Arab Emirates1,933 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022 • Solo
The name doesn't actually give an indication of what you will find there. More or less, it's a highly condensed collection of a recent historically items from Sydney, with a focus on the first government house (the museum's original location) and related legacy only. Sincerity, I was stunned overall!

Once more, the museum doesn't really emphasize anything about indigenous people, their ancestry, or how they helped create the Sydney we see today, very small section places no where!

Although I learned that admission is free on weekends later on, even this shouldn't be enough to entice people to go. Avoid wasting time.
Written October 26, 2022
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Peter M
Melbourne, Australia1,293 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2021
This museum was built in 1995 but built over the ruins of the old Government House 1798-1845. It was demolished in 1846 and architectural digs in 1983 found the foundations. . Today, through a diverse and changing program of exhibitions and events, the Museum of Sydney explores the stories of this city from its origins to today, while the remains of the original building can be glimpsed through glass openings in the museum forecourt and foyer. It is at 41 Phillip Street Sydney
Written April 18, 2021
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arabianjanx
Dubai, United Arab Emirates31 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022 • Solo
So much potential. Its on the site of the first governors house.....but I left disappointed 😞
The films were informative and interesting. But some of the exhibits I found confusing and lacking in substance....especially the aboriginal, digital display. It was pretty but I left feeling I had missed the message.
The best part was when I asked about guides / maps (but not available since covid) A lovely gentleman on reception gave me a wonderful 5 mins of his time to explain the history, the markings on the floor, the archaeological finds. Without him, I would have missed this information. So thank you.
I'm hoping other museums in the city can give me more insight.
Written May 12, 2022
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Jennifer H
Leicester, UK165 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2020
I found this to be a really interesting museum, there is a good cross-section of exhibits that cover right from the first fleet times through to the current times. There was a mixture of types of display which made the information presentation interesting. I particularly liked the old news-reel type videos being played as well as the information around the indigenous population and their interactions with the first fleeters.
Not a huge venue, but sufficient to give a good insight and probably a good starting point for anyone interested in the history of the city.
I enjoyed my trip, and the location is very convenient being close to Circular Quay.
Written September 29, 2020
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Jovana D
Brisbane, Australia226 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Solo
I visited the museum for the first time on my recent trip to Sydney. I spent some time in the cinema on the first floor and watched short documentaries on the history of Sydney. They have a model of the first government house also on the first floor. There was a contemporary art exhibition on the second floor as well as a play area for children. Highly recommended if you have a couple of hours spare during your time in Sydney.
Written May 20, 2023
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Jo SB
Melbourne, Australia970 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022
Located on the site of Australia's first Government House, the Museum of Sydney offers insight into the history and culture of this incredible city. Visitors will be fascinated by exhibits showcasing Indigenous knowledge that span different periods throughout the centuries.

Entry is free.
Written August 25, 2022
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Lisa F
15 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Family
This is a really nice museum. Free admission. It’s a small museum, 2 floors, pretty close to the Royal botanic gardens and the Sydney opera house and Sydney harbor bridge. Right near the 333 bus stop.
Written March 17, 2024
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Balgownie
Sydney, Australia161 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2021 • Couples
It covers the arrival of the first fleet extensively and well, then a few decades beyond but the next thing it skips pretty much to the building of the Harbour Bridge, the Opera House and that's it. The staff were very welcoming but considering how important the history of Sydney was to the history of the country there's a huge gap. I've read several books recently on the history of Australia and I know there's a much longer and interesting story. It's a small museum and for A$15 poor value. We padded it out with a few films and there was an exhibition but otherwise I doubt it would take more than an hour.
Written February 11, 2021
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