Justice & Police Museum
Justice & Police Museum
4.5
Speciality MuseumsHistoric SitesHistory Museums
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
These historic police buildings once hosted infamous criminals like bushranger Captain Moonlight and sly-grog queen Kate Leigh, as Sydney's police and magistrates kept law and order. Walk through the corridor of cells, check out the chilling collection of criminal weapons and hundreds of photos from forensic archives. Open Saturday and Sunday 10am-5pm.
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The area
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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 • 2 min walk
  • Martin Place • 9 min walk
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Harry Y
Asheville, NC41 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020
This museum offered far more than I expected with its exhibits. Array of weapons used by criminals was surprisingly varied and illustrative of an earlier period. Well organized with use of actual court areas. Special handouts for helping describe facial features was a novelty for me and perhaps something to share with children.
Written April 19, 2020
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Nooneelsehasthisname
Melbourne, Australia45 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2014 • Couples
We were passing and decided to have a look on a whim and discovered it was a very interesting and informative museum, well worth a visit.
Written February 25, 2014
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Tam K
Dubai, United Arab Emirates1,933 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022 • Solo
One of the best law enforcement or even government-related museums I've ever visited so far. Many historical papers and items from the Sydney Police are very carefully conserved, arranged, and shared with the public.

POV : jail rooms are quite spooky hehe

Everyone who visits Sydney must stop here, so well done and excellent effort, NSW.
Written October 26, 2022
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KCH
Sydney, Australia1,588 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
This is a small museum tucked away near Circular Quay (near Sydney Opera house) with a focus on the social history of law & justice in NSW.

The displays include images and objects on history of punishments and prisons from European Settlement to today, bushrangers, forensics, policing equipment and evdiences from a couple of famous crime cases. You can also take a look at the old courtrooms and jail cells as well. When I was there, there is a temporary exhibition on the Great Depression and the political turmoil of the time.

The museum has very strange opening times. It opens on weekends but daily during school holidays. So please check first.

This museum is part of the Historic House Trust. If you are into history, consider the combined ticket to the other properties.
Written January 27, 2008
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Allan L
Melbourne, Australia50 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2019 • Couples
Always interesting to stand in the places where history of significance took place. The original court room, police station and cells really add to the feel of what life would have been like for all those that entered the buildings (for all the right and wrong reasons). It was surprising to see the balanced approach of criminal profiles with plenty of notorious Sydney women on show. The original artefacts were interesting. In a time when we focus on violence today I couldn’t help but think it was every bit as bad (maybe more gruesome) back over a hundred years ago.
Written March 10, 2019
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150andrewc
Bunbury, Australia110 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2016 • Couples
This small museum is as much about the building as the development of the modern day Police Force.
There are interesting and good exhibits, some disturbing artefacts used in bad times and some ugly crimes/history discussed.
The tour is worth joining and the guide informative although you can still enjoy the museum solo if necessary. Some parental guidance will be required for some of the more graphic photos and videos although plenty of warning is given that such content may offend.
A few more hands on displays such as 'opening the safe' would add interest and maybe some modern policing elements for final room.
I would recommend getting a Sydney Museum Pass that will allow you entry to four museums and make for a very busy day.
Written September 11, 2016
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Art Y
Dublin, CA164 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2016
Located in the Circular Quay are, this is a small, but interesting museum. It is an old Police Station and Court House which goes into greater detail about crimes/criminals.

Would strongly recommend taking the guided tour (30 minutes) at 10 am or 3 pm. One of the rooms is a refurbished court. The tour goes into detail about how the court worked back in the early 1900's. The guide provides stories about specific crimes and how they changed laws (i.e. why police carry guns, why women serve on juries).

The museum is only open on Saturday and Sunday. If you plan to go see other museums,Museum of Sydney, Hyde Park Barracks (strongly recommend), and Susannah Place, you should purchase a Sydney Museum Pass. Each exhibit is $10, but a pass, $18, allows you to see all 4 exhibits.
Written August 28, 2016
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Troy L
Draper, UT33 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2016
A visit to the Justice and Police Museum is a good distraction for 1-2 hours. The Museum is open only on the weekends so you have time your visit if this is on the to do list. The museum is included with a few of the passes you can buy for multiple activities. It is centrally located next to Circular Quay. The depictions both in photo and in words of the crimes committed by the locals over the past century at times were intense and gruesome. Probably not best for anyone under 13 unless you are comfortable having them witness photographs of dead bodies and reading about nice "aunts" that enjoyed poising family members with arsenic. However, it did provide a nice view into common life in the community. It is a well documented museum and it stays true to its design and purpose. It isn't over commercialized or misguided. Be sensitive to the museums stated purposes when considering attending if you have smaller children.
Written July 9, 2016
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PlatinumByChoice
Cypress, TX68 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2016 • Couples
This place is not for the faint of heart as it deals with crime and death. The museum tells the story never told of criminals of times past. They have some unbelievable pictures and artifacts from some of Sydney's worst criminals. It tells the story of the police in Sydney from the beginning to today. It is small but worth the small price of admission.
Written May 22, 2016
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AndrewForest
14 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2016 • Solo
The photo's from the forensic department of the NSW Police are both eerie and poignant.

The mug shots are completely unexpected. The suspects are in casual poses, and as the commentary stated look like the are happy to be photographed.

The Peter Doyle commentary whilst a bit earnest helps fill in some gaps - for example crowds appear at accidents but make themselves scarce when the photographer is taking photos of a crime scene. This gives the very crowded Sydney neighbourhoods of the 1920's and 1930's an abandoned almost post-apocalyptic feel.

Actually it is just interesting to see that whilst differently dressed the faces are ones that wouldn't look out of place in the Eastern Suburbs today
Written January 24, 2016
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