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.