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 and indigenous artefacts. The museum is currently closed while undergoing a $57.5 million refurbishment and expansion, and will reopen in mid 2020.

Couple learning about the cultural and heritage background of Camden at the Camden Museum in Camden, Sydney West

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. In Western Sydney, the Camden Museum houses thousands of artefacts representing the area's Aboriginal, colonial and agricultural past.

Discover interactive technology and gain unique insights into modern Australian culture 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.