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The Rocks Discovery Museum

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Address: Kendall Lane | The Rocks, Sydney, New South Wales 2000, Australia
Phone Number: +61 2 9240 8680
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The Rocks Discovery Museum is a free, family friendly museum which tells...

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. Housed in a restored 1850s sandstone warehouse, The Rocks Discovery Museum is home to a unique collection of images and archaeological artefacts found in The Rocks. The exhibits are filled with interactive fun, using touch screens, audio and visual elements to bring the history of the area alive.Learn about the area's traditional custodians, the establishment of the English colony and the time when sailors, whalers and traders made The Rocks their home; through to the 1970s union-led protests which preserved this unique part of Sydney for future generations to explore and enjoy.

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A little gem

A brilliant gem of a museum that filled us in on some of the history of Sydney not included in the also excellent Hyde Park Barracks museum. We loved both and they complement... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 days ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

A brilliant gem of a museum that filled us in on some of the history of Sydney not included in the also excellent Hyde Park Barracks museum. We loved both and they complement each other.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

A really interesting couple of hours spent here - this museum provides a great oversight of the history of the Rocks

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Its good because when one wants to take a walk around the Rocks, this museum is such a nice place in order to get some of the flavour around this place. The museum is small but its free entrance so it really to add to the atmosphere of walking around the Rocks. Read about some aboriginals and they also seemed... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Lots to see in this small museum which is spread over three floors and well worth a visit if you're at all interested in the diverse history of the area.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 October 2016 via mobile

This small museum is free admission. You can give a gold coin donation to assist with maintenance etc. This museum is housed in a beautiful old building and covers the history of the Rocks area. Lots of interesting photographs and info to read.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 October 2016 via mobile

Free entry and split across three levels, the museum presents a comprehensive summary of Sydney's journey. Informative videos and exhibits full of personal accounts leave visitors totally aware of events that shaped the area - and country's - development. The lack of information about the indigenous Cadigal people is poignant.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 October 2016 via mobile

My favourite part was a little screen at the back that showed the timeline of Portuguese, Spanish, Dutch and British colonialist conquests

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 October 2016 via mobile

In a stroll around The Rocks, I thought a visit here may shed some more light on the area. Which it did. Quite a lot of historical information to the very early days of the colony and the first settlers. Sadly the indigenous people were treated very badly. Several short films gave an insight into several area the bridge being... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 October 2016

We stopped in here while walking around the Rocks and were happy we did! Admission is free, so we figured we had nothing to lose! It turned out to be a really nice exhibit covering the history of the area from early days to closer to the present. I appreciated that there was an emphasis on stories about people who... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 October 2016

It's tiny, but free and filled with fascinating information on the start of the colony and the natives who inhabited the area.

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The Rocks
The first residents of the Rocks were convicts and sailors from the old nation. As the oldest neighbourhood in the city, the area's cobblestone streets host more than 100 heritage sites and buildings, including the oldest house in Sydney, Camden Cottage, which was built in 1816. Taste a “midi “ or a “schooner” of beer and dine “al fresco” on the waterfront at some of the oldest pubs in Sydney. The weekend markets at the Rocks are where you can find local artists' hand-made souvenirs, organic food and designer jewelry in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere. To enjoy some of the best Australian and international contemporary art, the MCA museum is open every day and select evenings. At the end of a long day of sightseeing, be sure to save energy to dance the night away at the area's many late night entertainment venues.
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