Justice and Police Museum

Step into the dark side of Sydney’s past with a visit to the Water Police station and courts that once made up one of the city’s busiest legal hubs. Crooks and cops, thugs and judges, locals and drifters, the guilty and the innocent have all left their stories here.

The Justice and Police Museum was originally the Water Police Court (1856), Water Police Station (1858) and the Police Court (1885). The elegant sandstone complex was once one of the busiest legal and policing precincts in NSW, with thousands of Sydneysiders passed through its doors right up until 1985.

With its 1890s holding cells, offices, charge room and courts, the Museum draws you into a world of crime, punishment and policing, from bushrangers, sly grog and razor gangs to forensics.

You can see Captain Moonlite’s death mask, Ben Hall’s pistol or hear of Constable Walker’s duel to the death with the legendary Thunderbolt. Or you can inspect forensic evidence from notorious crimes such as the Pyjama Girl Murder.

Take an inside look at crime scenes in the forensic photography display or see an array of spine-chilling weapons confiscated from the many criminals that came through the courts.

Nearby events

  1. Fantasy II - Sydney Opera House Concert

    Wednesday 01 August 2018 to Sunday 19 August 2018 , Circular Quay

    Hansori Music returns with their seventh and annual end of year concert, Fantasy II by Michelle Park. An enchanting summer night held at the Utzon Room of the Sydney Opera House, the concert invites families to hear from the youngest talen…

    01 Aug - 19 Aug
  2. Mother's Day at Four Frogs Circular Quay

    Event dates to be confirmed: May 2019 , Circular Quay

    Special Crêpe and Champagne offer for Mother's day available at Four Frogs: Special Crêpe: Homemade poached pear, raspberry coulis, whipped cream, grilled almonds and vanilla ice cream. Glass of Mumm Champagne with any crêpe or galette, a…

    12 May