Museum of Sydney

A modern museum built over and around the remains of Australia’s first Government House, the Museum of Sydney celebrates the people and events that have shaped the character and soul of this city.

In 1788 Governor Phillip chose this site for his official residence. It quickly became the centre of the colony’s administrative and social life, and an important focus of first contact between the Gadigal people and the colonisers.

The physical remains of the colony’s first government house and archaeological relics from the colony’s first year of existence can be glimpsed through glass openings in the museum forecourt and foyer. This is the oldest evidence of its kind in Australia.

On the Museum forecourt there is also Edge of the Trees, a site-specific installation created by artists Fiona Foley and Janet Laurence. This award-winning public art installation evokes the cultural and physical history of the site, before and after 1788: a pivotal turning point in our history, when contact and invasion / colonisation took place.

Today, through a diverse and changing program of exhibitions and events, the Museum of Sydney interprets the history of this symbolic place and tells the city’s story.

Entry included with the Sydney Museums Pass.

Nearby events

  1. Voices of Angels

    Monday 10 December 2018 to Tuesday 11 December 2018 , City Centre

    Gondwana Choirs has enthralled Sydney audiences at City Recital Hall with Voices of Angels for the past 12 years. Join over 300 of the country’s most exciting young musicians in a performance that will inspire, captivate and transport you…

    10 Dec - 11 Dec
  2. Christmas Party Cruise in Sydney

    Wednesday 12 December 2018 to Sunday 30 December 2018 , City Centre

    Who would say no to a Christmas Party that has a freshly-prepared all-you-can-eat buffet (with seafood dishes), included drinks (beer, wine, soft-drinks, juices) and spectacular Sydney Harbour views from the decks of a million-dollar…

    12 Dec - 30 Dec
  3. Le Gouter Afternoon Tea

    Wednesday 12 December 2018 to Monday 31 December 2018 , City Centre

    This French tradition of a mini afternoon tea is designed to allow you to indulge in an afternoon treat. Enjoy Le Goûter over a relaxing coffee, ideal for a business meeting or an afternoon catch up served at Soiree at The Wentworth…

    12 Dec - 31 Dec