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 Saturday 26 May 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…

    26 May
  2. Sydney MindBodySpirit Festival

    Thursday 24 May 2018 to Sunday 27 May 2018 , City Centre

    The MindBodySpirit Festival is Australia’s largest health, wellbeing and natural therapies event. Learn from over 200 exhibitors, attend free inspirational seminars, book yourself a psychic reading, try some body pampering, watch the free s…

    24 May - 27 May
  3. MindBodySpirit Festival

    Thursday 24 May 2018 to Sunday 27 May 2018 , City Centre

    Enjoy an exciting, fun-filled day at Australia's largest health, wellbeing and natural therapies event. Now free to attend! Shop from over 200 exhibitors, attend free inspirational seminars, book yourself a psychic reading, watch free stag…

    24 May - 27 May
  4. Sydney HIA Home Show

    Friday 25 May 2018 to Sunday 27 May 2018 , Pyrmont

    Building, renovating or making home improvements? Then visit the Sydney HIA Home Show! See, try and buy all the latest products for your kitchen, bathroom or interiors upgrade. There are hundreds of new ideas to renovate your house, both i…

    25 May - 27 May

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