Museums, Science and Culture

Discover intriguing, extraordinary and wonderful things in Sydney’s museums, among the most popular attractions in the harbour city. You’ll find everything from dinosaurs and ancient artefacts to colonial and indigenous history, tall ships and warships, and even one of Don Bradman's cricket bats.

The Australian Museum, established in 1827, is the nation's oldest museum and contains one of the biggest collections. Near Hyde Park and city centre shops, the museum is home to 10 complete dinosaur skeletons, interactive displays for youngsters, and hosts regular blockbuster exhibitions.

Mammoths at the Giants of the Ice Age Exhibition at the Australian Museum

Nearby is the Hyde Park Barracks Museum, one of Australia's 11 World Heritage-listed convict sites. Near Circular Quay is the Museum of Sydney, which is built on the site of the first Government House. You'll see remains of Governor Arthur Phillip's official residence in the forecourt and foyer. 

The Rocks Discovery Museum tells the story of The Rocks, from pre-European days to today. The Powerhouse Museum, near Darling Harbour, is great for interactive technology displays. Always popular is the Australian National Maritime Museum, where you can climb aboard a submarine.

Powerhouse Museum, Sydney

Board the Watsons Bay-bound ferry or a Captain Cook hop-on hop-off service at Circular Quay and alight at Garden Island for the Royal Australian Navy Heritage Centre, housed in heritage buildings. You’ll see the conning tower of a Japanese midget submarine that attacked Sydney Harbour in 1942.

Top sports museums are the Sydney Cricket Ground Museum and the Rugby League Museum, both in Moore Park, a quick bus ride from near Museum Station in Hyde Park. The SCG Museum is part of the SCG Experience Tour and includes the Members Pavilion and a walk on the legendary oval.

Exhibitions and Shows

  1. Eden Unearthed - art in the gardens

    Wednesday 12 December 2018 to Thursday 28 February 2019 ,

    Eden Unearthed is an installation art exhibition held in a beautiful display garden for six months each year at Eden Gardens, Macquarie Park. It features around 30 works by various international and local artists, including Indigenous,…

    12 Dec - 28 Feb
  2. Weapons for the soldier

    Wednesday 12 December 2018 to Sunday 03 February 2019 ,

    A major exhibition bringing together more than 40 Indigenous and non-Indigenous artists in Australia who have made new work to examine complex and varied responses to weaponry, warfare, and their connection to protecting land and Country…

    12 Dec - 03 Feb
  3. James Cameron — Challenging the Deep

    Wednesday 12 December 2018 to Wednesday 30 January 2019 , Darling Harbour

    James Cameron — Challenging the Deep is a major new immersive exhibition that traces Cameron’s lifelong pursuit of and achievements in deep ocean science, technology and exploration including his record breaking dives in Deep Sea…

    12 Dec - 30 Jan
  4. The Fate of Things: Memory Objects and Art

    Wednesday 12 December 2018 to Thursday 28 February 2019 , Darlinghurst

    A person’s memories are comprised of recollections of their own experiences, and those that they have inherited through photographs, home videos and family storytelling. First-hand memories of traumatic experiences are passed down not…

    12 Dec - 28 Feb
  5. Star Wars Identities: The Exhibition

    Wednesday 12 December 2018 to Monday 10 June 2019 , Pyrmont

    Who would you be if you were a character from Star Wars? Find out as you build your own personal and unique Star Wars hero in this interactive exhibition featuring 200 original Star Wars objects. Designed for visitors of all ages, explore…

    12 Dec - 10 Jun

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