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Museum of Sydney

Central Business District
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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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Interesting museum

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... read more

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Bristol, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW 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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Norwich, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

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 

Thank mgsnorwich
Bunbury, Australia
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW 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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Weymouth, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Centrally situated. Well worth an hour or two. When we visited there was an exhibition called "Demolished Sydney" which was an excellent and thought provoking pictorial record of demolitions, many of which were inevitably highly controversial at the time.

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Sydney, Australia
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We went to see the "Sand exhibition" with our two year old. The exhibit was a little difficult to access for a toddler. The sand used is the Kinetic" type and not real sand. There is much lego also to play with. The rest of the museum held limited interest for us. Some individual interesting exhibits but was a whole... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The site of the museum is very significant as it was originally land belonging to the aboriginal peoples. In 1788 when the first fleet arrived in Sydney, Governor Philipp built Australia's first Governors House on this site, which was his official residence. It was later demolished to make way for roads and other properties, but the museum has been thoughtfully... More 

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Moira, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Really interesting and informative journey through the development of Sydney and how it has changed over the years. Lots of maps, newspaper cuttings, models and other interactive displays

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Brisbane, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is an excellent collection of memorabilia and local history that is displayed in an easy to absorb layout. The staff and volunteers are very helpful, friendly and enthusiastic. Some parts of this could be slightly too local or.colloquial for foreigners but everyone will come away from here more informed. Huge kiddies playroom. Good coffee and muffin next door.

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Friendly staff, food fresh and well presented. Good selection on the menu. As I was in a hurry I mentioned this to staff who obliged very courteously. Chicken was tender and not dried out. Fish was fresh and cooked to perfection. Excellent selection of desserts and wines. Ambience lovely, location perfect close to the harbour and cbd. Highly recommended.

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A great museum, which informs visitors all about the history of Sydney and it's buildings and landmarks. The children really enjoyed the 'Sand in the City' exhibition, which was fully interactive. The sand is kinetic, which means limited mess, but the Sydney landmark moulds were amazing. Lego and Duplo is also included for children/adults who are not keen on the... 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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