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Aerial view of Royal Botanic Gardens and Sydney Harbour.
Views of Bronte beach, Sydney
Sydney city skyline lit up during Vivid Sydney 2013. View from Circular Quay.

Museums in Sydney

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

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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 RAN 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.

  • SCG Museum, Sydney Museums

    Sports museums in Sydney

    Museums often have a reputation for being academic but with a city as dynamic as Sydney this isnt always the case even sports fans can find museums to their liking. The two biggest of note are the Rugby League Museum and the SCG Museum, both in Moore Park, which highlight the best of rugby and cricket from years gone by.

  • Aboriginal Heritage Museum, Sydney Museums

    Aboriginal Heritage Museum

    Aboriginal heritage is a significant part of the cultural landscape of Sydney. The Aboriginal Heritage Museum in Northbridge is a great place to begin your Aboriginal educational journey. It houses a multitude of Aboriginal artefacts, including tools and weapons, and interactive models. Book ahead of time to enjoy a free guided tour of the museum with an Aboriginal Heritage Officer.

  • QVB in Sydney. Heritage attractions & museums

    Sydney heritage attractions

    The heritage buildings in Sydney are beautiful and have a rich history. Take a self-guided walk or an organised tour and explore Sydney's most recognised landmarks, including the Sydney Opera House, Queen Victoria Building and Hyde Park Barracks.