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. Gapu-Monuk Saltwater

    Thursday 09 November 2017 to Wednesday 17 October 2018 , Darling Harbour

    The exhibition Gapu-Monuk Saltwater Journey to Sea Country, will be an acknowledgement of the significant and stunning story of the Yolŋu people of northeast Arnhem Land and their fight for recognition of Indigenous Sea Rights. It is a d…

    09 Nov - 17 Oct
  2. Masters of Modern Art from the Hermitage

    Thursday 18 October 2018 to Sunday 03 March 2019 , City Centre

    This summer, see ground breaking works from the towering figures of modern art, including Monet, Picasso, Cézanne, Matisse, Gauguin and Kandinsky. Drawn from the unparalleled collections of the State Hermitage Museum in Saint Petersburg, th…

    18 Oct - 03 Mar
  3. Promiscuous Provenance | Art by Anna Glynn

    Thursday 18 October 2018 to Friday 26 October 2018 ,

    Artist Anna Glynn is drawn to the work of the early colonial artists, whose depictions of Australian flora and fauna did not represent the landscape as it really was but instead drew on European forms and animals. Promiscuous Provenance e…

    18 Oct - 26 Oct
  4. Rouse Hill House and Farm in Lego Bricks

    Thursday 18 October 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…

    18 Oct - 24 Oct
  5. Tragedy and Triumph Exhibition at Lucas Gallery

    Thursday 18 October 2018 to Friday 14 December 2018 , Parramatta

    Tragedy and Triumph exhibition in the Lucas Gallery of Hambledon Cottage Museum continues the Female Factory Story with Reverend Samuel Marsden and his quest for better conditions for the convict women. He performed marriage ceremonies for …

    18 Oct - 14 Dec
  6. Dobell Drawing Prize

    Thursday 18 October 2018 to Saturday 27 October 2018 , Darlinghurst

    The National Art School presents an unparalleled celebration of drawing in Australia. This acquisitive award and major exhibition explores the enduring importance of drawing within contemporary art practice.…

    18 Oct - 27 Oct

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