Museums in Sydney


Uncover Sydney's history, culture and artistic past at one of several quality museums around the city. For pioneering colonial history, visit Elizabeth Farm and Old Government House, learn about the city's railway heritage at The Rocks Discovery Museum or make your way to Trainworks in Thirlmere.

  • The Rocks Art Gallery, Sydney
  • The Rocks Art Gallery, Sydney

Visiting Sydney Museums

Exhibition at the Powerhouse Museum in Sydney

Established in 1827, the Australian Museum was the country’s first museum, and features extensive collections of natural science and cultural artefacts. It has an international reputation for natural history and indigenous research, community programmes and exhibitions. Make sure you check out Wild Planet, a gallery featuring more than 400 animal species and the first permanent gallery to be added to the Museum in over 50 years. Entry is free for children under the age of 16.

The Museum of Sydney is a modern museum located on the historic site of the first Government House, built for Governor Phillip in 1788. It takes visitors on a journey exploring Sydney from the Dreamtime to the modern day. The program is dynamic and ever changing, but always with a strong sense of place and history. In addition to Government House, significant heritage buildings are available to view thanks to the Historic Houses Trust, which opens fine colonial homes spread around Sydney, giving you a taste of early colonial life and architecture.

Located in Ultimo, the Powerhouse Museum is one of Australia’s largest and most diverse museums. More than 250 interactive exhibits bring it to life with holographic images, touch screen computers, science experiments and virtual-reality space. The museum is kid friendly and a popular day out for families.

The Australian National Maritime Museum in Darling Harbour, a distinctive indoor and outdoor attraction provides a great day’s entertainment for kids and parents alike. The museum also hosts an ever-changing programme of temporary exhibitions and a fleet of historic craft at its wharves.

And the Royal Australian Navy Heritage Centre on Garden Island is housed in two heritage listed buildings displaying exhibits on the history of Australia's Navy. Displays range from large weapon systems to personal monuments representing the developments and events in the Australian Navy over more than 100 years. The best way to get to the museum is by ferry or Captain Cook Cruises. It also serves as a private function venue.

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