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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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This museum was pretty good. The temporary exhibits are awesome. Definitely come soon to check out Demolished Sydney.

3 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
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Sydney, Australia
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

This museum was pretty good. The temporary exhibits are awesome. Definitely come soon to check out Demolished Sydney.

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Prescott, Arizona
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We wish we could have spent more time here, at least 3-4 hours. This is a wonderful museum. It was interesting to see the original governor's mansion and all the additions that were done t it. Most fascinating was the display of the "First Fleet" (the ship models are outstanding) and the story that is told about each ship remarkable.... More 

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Mandurah, Australia
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

No artefacts to view, no articles of history, just pictures and computer presentations in a very small area. The Aboriginal history are was just a few photos and write ups and a recently made canoe and accompanying also recent bots and pieces. Where are the pieces of political history? War history? Immigration/penal history? Farming? Trade? So many museums these days... More 

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Batemans Bay, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

When we visited the Justice and Police Museum, we purchased a Sydney Museum Pass which gives you access to twelve museums and historic building in Sydney and environs, so we took the opportunity to also visit the Museum of Sydney. On the day we visited, the Demolished Sydney exhibition was on display, which was showing past historic buildings of a... More 

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Stockholm, Sweden
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I particularly liked a documentary film that they showed about the flying boats that used to fly to and from Rose Bay. They also had an exhibition about the buildings that were demolished to make way for modern Sydney. The museum is smaller than I had expected. Fairly interesting, but not very remarkable.

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Stevenage, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 January 2017 via mobile

Disappointing visit, the exhibits are predominantly just images and captions and not really what we were expecting. Paid to get in but there are other museums around the area with better exhibits for free.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 January 2017

We spent an hour or so at the museum during our recent trip to Sydney. It was interesting to learn about the city's history and key people who have helped Sydney become the place it is today. Would recommend a brief visit if this is something you are interested in,

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Bristol, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 January 2017 via mobile

This museum promises much but is a little underwhelming. It tells the story of Sydney and has exhibitions running within it. The story of the original Government House is interesting but limited and some of the story telling is tedious. The museum doesn't have a cafe but 'bar and dining' which sums it up really-doesn't seem sure what it's trying... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 January 2017

This is a "grown ups" Museum. It is not one that would be interesting to children until they are teenage and have good concentration levels. It traces the development of the City from the time the First Fleet arrived up to today. There is a wide selection of documentation which requires time and concentration to read and understand. There are... More 

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Bunbury, Australia
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 January 2017 via mobile

I visited this museum with my sister-in-law and niece. We first went to the top for the sand exhibition, kids had to sit/stand on the outside of the sand pit to play with sand. They obviously have never been to the beach as kids should be able to get into the pit and play in the sand. The other big... More 

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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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