12 June 2012
Sydney is bathed in history and culture… So what better way to experience it than through some of the many amazing museums across the city? There are too many of them to talk about all at once so they’ve been narrowed down to four of the more popular destinations.
The Australian Museum
This is the oldest museum in Australia and is located right in the heart of Sydney. It has an internationally recognised collection of over 18 million cultural and scientific objects. The really great thing about this museum is that there’s something for everyone, including children. It features extensive collections of natural science and cultural artefacts, plus a ‘mini museum’ for kids called Kidspace. This great little space features cubby houses chock full of fun activities. This is a wonderful museum tailored to every member of the family.
Museum of Sydney
This museum sits on the national heritage site of Australia’s first Government House, built in 1788. If you’re interested in the history of Sydney right from colonisation up to modern times, then this is definitely where you’ll want to go. You can inspect models of the First Fleet ships, some archeological remains of first Government House and a number of intriguing objects uncovered by digs on the site. It’s also a great place to learn about the city, the harbour, transportation and the people through a changing exhibitions program.
Australian National Maritime Museum
This is another great museum for the whole family. It’s a wonderfully interactive and informative place, with exhibits full of fascinating artefacts, fun activities and even the chance to board ships and experience life on the water. This museum is a pretty cool place and shows how Australia came to be, through its connection with the ocean. We’ve used it for commerce, defence, exploration, adventure and sport, and it’s all there in the Museum.
This is such a fun place to bring the kids. There are exhibits and collections that span science, technology, decorative arts, music, space exploration and much more. However, it has a state of the art playground and is guaranteed to keep the children amused for hours. For children 3-8 years, the museum offers a program called Powerplay where creative artists lead children in hands-on arts and crafts, storytelling and performances. This is an excellent museum with well over 500,000 items in a constantly changing program of temporary and permanent exhibits.