Australian National Maritime Museum
The Australian National Maritime Museum is filled with fascinating artefacts, lively exhibitions and fun activities relating to Australia's relationship and history with the sea. Whether it be through commerce, defense, exploration, adventure, sport or play there is something for everyone! Get the chance to board ships and experience life on the water. For more info, click here
2 Murray Street Sydney NSW
02 9298 3777
Hyde Park Barracks Museum
The Hyde Park Barracks was built in 1819 to house, clothe and feed convict men and boys. This impressive brick building and walled compound was later used as the main dormitory for newly arrived female immigrants and became known as the Hyde Park Asylum. The Barracks then became a hub of government departments and renamed Chancery Square. Until the late 1970s, thousands of public servants, legal workers and litigants occupied the crowded complex. Today the Hyde Park Barracks is a museum about itself. For more info, click here
Explore Australia’s convict history at the Hyde Park Barracks in this new exhibition. Learn about the forced transportation of convicts, their daily lives and how they built the colony.
Queens Square, Macquarie Street, Sydney, NSW
02 8239 2311
Justice and Police Museum
Step into the dark side of Sydney’s past with a visit to a historic police and court building (1856 –1886) that once imposed authority on Sydney’s unruly waterfront.
Home to a vast negative archive documenting police investigation, many important records and over 9000 objects, the Justice & Police Museum examines the social history of law, policing and crime in New South Wales. For more, click here
Cnr Albert and Phillip Streets, Circular Quay, Sydney NSW
02 9252 1144
Mary MacKillop Place Museum
Opened in 1995 this museum gives visitors an insight into the life of Mary MacKillop, Australia's first Saint and the co-founder of the Sisters of St Joseph. Follow Mary's life story from 1842 to 1909 and celebrate the legacy of this inspiring woman. For more, click here
7-11 Mount Street North Sydney NSW
02 8912 4878
Museum of Sydney
The Museum of Sydney is a modern museum on a historic site.The site of the colony’s first Government House built 1788, it was also the point of first contact between the Gadigal people of Sydney and the British exiles arriving on the First Fleet. Today this place remains a symbol of 1788.
The museum explore stories about Sydney past and present. Exhibits focus on the pre-1788 character of Sydney, its history during the lifetime of first Government House 1788-1846, and the continuing stories of Sydney’s people and places, as it has developed into the metropolis it is today.
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Corner Phillip and Bridge Streets, Sydney, NSW
02 9251 5988
State Library of NSW
The State Library of New South Wales is internationally renowned and one of Australia’s leading libraries. With an extensive collection of over five million items, the State Library aims to collect, preserve and make accessible the documentary heritage of NSW. The State Library's major subject strengths are Australian history, culture and literature, including Aboriginal studies, Antarctic exploration, family history and genealogy, business and management, social sciences, applied science, biography, health and law.
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Macquarie Street, Sydney, NSW
02 9273 1414
Susannah Place Museum
Susannah Place is a rare surviving example of a simple working-class terrace. Built in 1844, by Irish immigrants and continuously occupied until 1990 this typically English terrace was home to over 100 different families. The museum tells the stories of the often overlooked lives of working class people and the neighbourhood in which they lived, played, worked and struggled. For more, click here
58–64 Gloucester Street, The Rocks, Sydney, NSW
02 9241 1893
Sydney Jewish Museum
The Sydney Jewish Museum was built to commemorate NSW Jewish men and women who served in World War One and to honour the memory of those who lost their lives.
A world-class museum dedicated to documenting and teaching the history of the Holocaust so that these events will never be repeated. For more info, click here
148 Darlinghurst Road, Darlinghurst NSW
02 9360 7999
The Rocks Discovery Museum
The Rocks Discovery Museum is a free, family friendly museum which tells the story of The Rocks area of Sydney from pre-European days to the present. It houses a unique collection of images and archaeological artefacts found in The Rocks. For more information, click here
Kendall Lane The Rocks (enter via Argyle Street) Sydney, NSW
02 9240 8680