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. Mammoths - Giants of the Ice Age

    9:30am to 5:00pm Wednesday 13 June 2018 (Daily event) , City Centre

    Journey back in time millions of years when mammoths roamed the earth and meet Lyuba, an intact 42,000-year-old baby woolly mammoth on her first trip Down Under from Siberia. Explore how mammoths and mastodons lived with other giant creatu…

    13 Jun
  2. We Are One

    Friday 22 June 2018 to Sunday 01 July 2018 ,

    Sydney Road Gallery presents the group exhibition ‘We Are One’, which is a celebration of the successful first year anniversary of the collaborative gallery. ‘We Are One’ explores how some of the best creations come from the connection and…

    22 Jun - 01 Jul
  3. James Cameron — Challenging the Deep

    Friday 22 June 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 Challenger…

    22 Jun - 30 Jan
  4. Real Bodies The Exhibition

    Friday 22 June 2018 to Sunday 14 October 2018 , Moore Park

    Seen by millions worldwide, Real Bodies The Exhibition presents a stunning display of more than 20 real, perfectly preserved human bodies and over 200 anatomical specimens, inviting visitors of all ages to examine the human experience from …

    22 Jun - 14 Oct
  5. Rouse Hill House and Farm in Lego Bricks

    Friday 22 June 2018 to Wednesday 24 October 2018 , Blacktown

    See amazing models of the iconic house, outbuildings, stable and barns constructed from Lego bricks with breathtaking architectural detail and accuracy by expert Ryan McNaught. Be inspired to create your own little house and farm. Oodles of…

    22 Jun - 24 Oct
  6. Blaze: Working Women, Public Leaders

    Friday 22 June 2018 to Friday 27 July 2018 ,

    Blaze: Working Women, Public Leaders explores the stories of a selection of NSW women who were leaders and trailblazers in public sector work, alongside the perspectives of women working in key public sphere roles today. Melding past and p…

    22 Jun - 27 Jul

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