Museums, Science and Culture

Discover ancient cultures, incredible creatures and modern heroes at the city’s world-class cultural institutions, from the historic Vaucluse House to the Australian Museum, learn about the history of Sydney and beyond.

What’s on

  • Spark at the Australian Museum until October 2021
  • Wildlife Photographer of the Year at the Australian National Maritime Museum until October 2021
  • Walking Through a Songline at the Museum of Sydney until November 2021
  • History Reflected at the Museum of Sydney until November 2021
Australian Museum, Sydney City

Museums in The Rocks & Circular Quay

Near Circular Quay you’ll find the Museum of Sydney, which is built on the site of the official residence of Governor Arthur Phillip. You can see the remains of this first Government House and other archaeological relics through glass openings in the foyer and forecourt.

A short walk away is the Justice and Police Museum. Housed in a building that was at different times the Water Police Station and the Police Court. You can explore the holding cells, charge room and courts and inspect forensic evidence from notorious crimes.

Space exhibition at Powerhouse Museum in Ultimo, Sydney City

Museums in the city & Darling Harbour

Discover interactive technology and gain unique insights into modern Australian culture at the Powerhouse Museum near Darling Harbour, then climb aboard a warship or submarine at the Australian National Maritime Museum.

The Australian Museum, established in 1827, is the nation's oldest museum and has more than 21 million items in its collection, including dinosaur skeletons, rare animals and indigenous artefacts. The museum hosts a variety of events including talks and workshops.

Hyde Park Barracks Museum is one of the most significant convict sites in the world, the World Heritage listed Barracks has recently been transformed into a world-leading cultural destination, with new innovative visitor experiences and education programs.

Immersive displays at the Hyde Park Barracks, Sydney City

Darlinghurst & Potts Points

Sydney Jewish Museum is dedicated to documenting and teaching the history and lessons of the Holocaust, established in 1992 by the generation of Holocaust survivors who came to Australia. The museum has a number of permanent exhibitions including The Holocaust and Human Rights, which uses digital technologies to outline human rights achievements and challenges.

Breathtaking views behind the scenes on SCG guided walking tour in Moore Park, Sydney East

Other museums in Sydney

Sports fans will want to plan a visit to the Sydney Cricket Ground Museum in Moore Park. The museum is part of the SCG Experience Tour, a behind-the-scenes tour that includes a walk out onto the legendary oval.

In Western Sydney, the Camden Museum houses thousands of artefacts representing the area's Aboriginal, colonial and agricultural past.