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Museum of Sydney

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Address: Museum of Sydney 37 Phillip St, Sydney, New South Wales 2000, Australia
Phone Number: +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 was a good museum but I didn't think it anything special. It is on the site of the first government house so there is some information on that and the first fleet. There's a... read more

3 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 weeks ago
Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

It is tempting to dismiss the Museum of Sydney on the grounds of being "small". Unfortunately, this may lead to seeking one's museum interests elsewhere. Sadly despite claiming to be a Global City, this probably leads to those interests in such pursuits going to Canberra. It is also tempting to assume the current "Demolish Sydney" exhibition which ends on 17... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This was a good museum but I didn't think it anything special. It is on the site of the first government house so there is some information on that and the first fleet. There's a good exhibition about building communication with the aboriginal people of the area in the early days. There are two exhibitions which are not permansnt do... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This museum is one of many that can be visited with a Sydney Museum Pass. I am glad I didn't pay full admission price for it since I was in and out in under 30 minutes. Worth visiting if you're in the Sydney CBD and have the museum pass. Otherwise the info is largely overlapping with other more focused museums... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We visited as part of Sydney Open and enjoyed a number of the exhibits including those relating to the First Fleet, important characters in Sydney development and the growth of the city. We also enjoyed the botanical watercolour exhibition.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 October 2016 via mobile

Delightful and interesting museum, however we only visited the Botanical art exhibit which was great. Staff very friendly and helpful. Facilities immaculate. Unfortunately we were too late in the day to be able to have lunch at the on site restaurant. Botanical art exhibit stunning and well laid out. We will return to see rest of the museum

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 October 2016

This entire museum can be covered in 20 minutes- poor value for admission price! There are very few exhibits about the history of Sydney (currently the largest exhibit is botanical prints) . Good exhibit on the First Fleet ships. The rest useless

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 October 2016 via mobile

Having passed this site many times I was curious to see what was here. Built on the site of the first Government House (built 1788), it is an eclectic mix of noteworthy stories about Sydney and people who have shaped it. This is a compact museum over 3 levels. A lot of effort has been placed to maximise the exhibition... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 September 2016

The Museum of Sydney was built on the original site of Australia's first Government House, erected in 1788 and later abandoned. The Museum explores colonial and contemporary Sydney through objects, pictures, and new digital media techniques. Panoramic views of Sydney from 1788 to today stretch across walls and video screens. Sydney's "convict era" is explored in a giant showcase of... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 September 2016 via mobile

Went to the museum to check out the Botanical Art display..found a little world if first fleet history and early Sydney town.. We had to pay app $12 entry.. Personally I think the city of Sydney should be taking care of this one.. I don't mind making a donation, but this is clearly a nfp venture! It is a small... More 

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 August 2016

I was hoping the Museum of Sydney would have more exhibits about Sydney and it history/development. While there is on area that goes through the development, it seemed to be limited in scope and understanding. More perfunctory the enlightening. There were a couple of exhibits about botany. Assuming these are temporary exhibits. There is a theater which has about 4-5... 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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