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Justice & Police Museum
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Ranked #72 of 554 things to do in Sydney
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Owner description: 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.
Reviewed January 20, 2014

We purchased a city museum pass which was great value. The Justice and Police Museum was my favourite. I loved the old sandstone buildings, the displays, subject, photos and information. One of the staff, Naomi, was our Guide the day before at Susanna Place, so she shared with us some more of her knowledge and stories, which she conveyed so well. I loved the City of Shadows exhibition, being interested in photography and law, the Curator emphasises aspects and small details of photos, some quite gruesome and sad, but it moves on quickly enough to the next photo that it wasn't overly distressing. Whist visually interesting...showing detail of streets, buildings, house interior and exteriors, clothing, possessions, cars etc it also created curiosity about the lives of the people involved. Just discovered the Blog too which i will follow with interest. Really glad we visited here and its sparked my interest to discover and research more.

Thank coffeegal2
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Reviewed November 23, 2013

Fascinating visit to the Old Police and Court buildings with displays and recreations in the Charge Room, The Court itself and even in some of the old Cells. Having been in Sydney for a week and become familiar with some areas of the modern city we particularly enjoyed the "City of Shadows" exhibits. These explored and explained some of the undercurrents and crime that existed in The City during mainly the first half of the 20th century. Really not all that long ago. In particular some of the photographic details of the crimes, the perpetrators and the victims gave food for thought.

1  Thank bsandrs
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Reviewed October 13, 2013

On my last trip to Sydney, I discovered the old police station has better acoustics than the opera house – thanks to a fellow traveller’s unexpected flatulence.

Nothing makes one appreciate the scale and grandiosity of a building more than hearing a trumpeting blow reverberate between stone walls and timber floors.

The Justice and Police Museum in Sydney is one of the most complete and interesting living museums I have visited in Australia.

After you walk through the smooth sandstone facade of the building and pass the service desk, the most chilling part of the un-guided tour follows.

Displays on some of Sydney’s and indeed Australia’s most notorious crimes hang on the walls inside cells and office space used by police for fingerprinting, as well as information on the Pyjama Girl murder of a young woman in the 1930s.

Built in the mid-1800s, the remnants of Australia’s colonial past is obvious in the make and style of the museum.

The inside of the police detachment of the structure is rough with sandstone bricks and spiked gates boxing-in exhibits of criminal weapons in a sinister light made possible by incandescent light-bulbs and shards of sunlight through small windows.

Perhaps the most telling insight into the psyche of judicial officials in the 1800s though, is in the contrast of the police and court buildings.

The Police Court was added onto the building in 1899, to accommodate an increase of crime in the area and subsequently, judicial work.

To get to the court you must pass through tall metal gates barely wide enough for one person to walk at a time, then through an adjoining courtyard.

The light that shines off the polished wooden fixtures in the court room highlights the status of the room in context of the building.

Although seats are worn and ink wells long dried, it is easy to see the expense that that went into the construction of the gallery.

Jury and public viewing seats crowd the benches of the defence and prosecution, then to the scribe and finally to the judge’s seat on tiered rises as the status of each player progresses.

I can assure any prospective visitor that the trip is worth the adult’s admission of $10 or children’s $5 ticket price.

The museum itself would be interesting if not, educational for most children and if history is not their bag they may get a laugh from some of their fellow travellers.

For more information or to book, call 02 9252 1144.

1  Thank Jack H
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Reviewed October 5, 2013

A trip to the museum was okay, not too blood thirsty for those a little squeamish. However, at $10 per adult I thought it ironic that the admission fee to the police museum was daylight robbery. A gold coin donation or maybe $5 would have been more than fair.

1  Thank Diane F
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Reviewed September 3, 2013

The hours of opening were very limited so we were sat there waiting unfortunately, but that definately did not marr what was a very worthwhile visit. Even my teens found it very intriguing. Alot of history and memorabilia to see.

Thank Kiwi-chik2013
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