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. Street Photography Exhibition

    Wednesday 20 February 2019 to Sunday 21 July 2019 , City Centre

    Discover the candid street photography prolific on Sydney’s streets from the 1930s to 1960s. During the mid-20th century, commercial street photographers were a familiar sight on Sydney’s streets. The photographers captured everyday…

    20 Feb - 21 Jul
  2. Nick Cave: Until

    Wednesday 20 February 2019 to Sunday 03 March 2019 , Redfern And Waterloo

    A wonderland of shimmering crystals, thousands of wind spinners and ceramic birds, millions of plastic beads, 17 black-face lawn jockeys, 13 gilded pigs and a crocodile. That’s just a fraction of what you’ll encounter journeying through…

    20 Feb - 03 Mar
  3. Body Worlds Vital - Sydney

    Wednesday 20 February 2019 to Sunday 31 March 2019 , City Centre

    Body Worlds Vital, stationed at Town Hall, will give all Australians young and old the chance to see the intricate workings of the body’s interior through the visual display of donated human specimens. Body Worlds is the only exhibition…

    20 Feb - 31 Mar
  4. James Cameron — Challenging the Deep

    Wednesday 20 February 2019 to Sunday 05 May 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…

    20 Feb - 05 May
  5. 200 Treasures of the Australian Museum

    Wednesday 20 February 2019 to Thursday 23 May 2019 , City Centre

    From an Egyptian mummy to Ned Kelly, uncover the hidden stories of 200 Treasures of the Australian Museum in the Westpac Long Gallery. This magnificently restored gallery showcases 100 objects and 100 people that have influenced the…

    20 Feb - 23 May

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