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. Star Wars Identities: The Exhibition

    Saturday 23 March 2019 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…

    23 Mar - 10 Jun
  2. 200 Treasures of the Australian Museum

    Saturday 23 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…

    23 Mar - 23 May
  3. Street Photography Exhibition

    Saturday 23 March 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…

    23 Mar - 21 Jul
  4. Glenalvon House Open Days

    Saturday 23 March 2019 to Monday 02 December 2019 , Campbelltown

    History lovers will be able to catch a glimpse of everyday life in a bygone era when the beautiful Glenalvon House in the historic Macarthur region opens its doors to the public for free entry on the first Monday; and the second and…

    23 Mar - 02 Dec
  5. The Ideal Home Exhibition

    Saturday 23 March 2019 to Sunday 24 March 2019 , Penrith

    Summer exhibition at Penrith Regional Gallery. The Ideal Home presents a history of the 20th century Australian home told through household objects, furniture and design classics from the Museum of Arts And Sciences Collection. For much…

    23 Mar - 24 Mar

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