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Museum of Sydney

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Address: Museum of Sydney 37 Phillip St, Sydney, New South Wales 2000, Australia
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+61 2 9251 5988

Enjoy our latest exhibitions, the fascinating archaeological remains at the...

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. Open daily 10am-5pm. Adult $10. Concession $5. Family $20. Sydney Living Museums members free.

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Sydney has such an interesting history and it's too bad that there's not really a museum in town that does the subject justice. The displays here were good, as far as they went... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 days ago
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Sydney has such an interesting history and it's too bad that there's not really a museum in town that does the subject justice. The displays here were good, as far as they went but I would have liked to have seen a more in depth treatment - like perhaps some dioramas showing the inside of one of the First Fleet... More 

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Kingsbridge, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The museum is well presented with models, photographs and exhibitions. There is also a very large room for children which has a huge amount of lego plus sand for sandcastles

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

A thorough and highly interesting explanation of the actual lives of Australian arrivals in past times. Interactive displays add much to the appreciation of the hardships faced. The sleeping quarters are recreated and you can try out the hammocks (use extreme caution getting in, and once in the hammock you may have difficulty getting out) and see the cramped conditions.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Australia is young enough for the details of the first British colony to be documented history , so that you can learn about the start of Australia's colonisation, from the arrival of the First Fleet of British ships in 1788 and their subsequent problems and dealings with the people who were already living there.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We visited the museum when it was raining, and it was a great spot to learn more about Sydneys" history. So if you want to know more about the history of Sydney, it's great for a visit! It's kind of small, but they show interesting stories and I liked the 'Demolished Sydney' exhibition :)

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Brilliant exhibition of the history of Sydney. You can spend an hour or half a day. Superb visual and audio displays. If you have young children you can take a break and let them loose on the biggest stock of Lego I have even seen ! Museum volunteers very friendly and helpful. Good book stall. All for a very modest... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This museum has been built on the original site of Government House . It is a museum that lets the people know of its history . It has 3 levels that take you through the history of Sydney from The First Fleet / First Government House / First contact. Worth a visit for the history.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Perhaps to an international visitor, the history may seem uninteresting, but as a local, I am always fascinated by our history. I see Sydney changing before my eyes and I want to be sure I have some understanding of what it was before it goes. This may be small but it gives a good insight to the past.

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Just next to my hotel so i popped by for a look. It's small and from the look of the tiny and unmanned gift area , i knew to keep my expectations low A couple of exhibits here and there over 3 small floors - aborogine, trade, government house, harbour bridge, architect whom i've never heard etc. A big space... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

It gives an interesting Insight about Sydney's history and I found it was Nice to see the Development of quite a few buildings from before to now and also the growing of the governor's house from its beginning. I found the museum shop was very small, even if it had some very good children's books.

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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.
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