Museums, Science and Culture

Step back in time, look to the future or go behind the scenes of an icon at one of Sydney’s fascinating museums. You’ll discover the ancient cultures, incredible creatures and modern heroes at the Harbour City’s world-class cultural institutions.

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, indigenous artefacts and more. A $57.5 million refurbishment and expansion of the museum will begin this year.

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

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.

The Rocks Discovery Museum tells the story of The Rocks, the oldest part of Sydney, from pre-European days to today. Discover interactive technology at the Powerhouse Museum near Darling Harbour, then climb aboard a warship or submarine at the Australian National Maritime Museum.

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.

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

Exhibitions and Shows

  1. James Cameron — Challenging the Deep

    Wednesday 27 March 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…

    27 Mar - 05 May
  2. 200 Treasures of the Australian Museum

    Wednesday 27 March 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…

    27 Mar - 23 May
  3. Brett Weir: Sonic Variations

    Wednesday 27 March 2019 to Saturday 30 March 2019 , Surry Hills

    Acclaimed artist Brett Weir returns to his native Australia to unveil his first major solo exhibition in Sydney. To be exhibited at the art gallery Michael Reid Sydney from Thursday 28 February to 30 March 2019, this new series is widely…

    27 Mar - 30 Mar
  4. Friends Annual and Focus Exhibition at C-A-C

    Wednesday 27 March 2019 to Sunday 05 May 2019 , Campbelltown

    Campbelltown Arts Centre presents the Friends Annual and Focus exhibitions, an eclectic display of artworks by the Friends of Campbelltown Arts Centre. The Friends Annual exhibition is a chance to see some of the best art the region has to…

    27 Mar - 05 May
  5. Mardi Rémond: Being

    Wednesday 27 March 2019 to Sunday 14 April 2019 , Campbelltown

    'Being' is a series of environmental portraits documenting a diverse group of men and women who choose to live and work in rural North-West NSW. This is a region of unreliable rainfall and extreme temperatures. Medical services are limited…

    27 Mar - 14 Apr

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