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A modern museum built over and around the remains of Australia’s first Government House, the Museum of Sydney celebrates the people and events that have shaped the character and soul of this city. In 1788 Governor Phillip chose this site for his official residence. It quickly became the centre of the colony’s administrative and social life, and an important focus of first contact between the Gadigal people and the colonisers. The next eight governors also lived here, and as banquets and balls, the business of government and family home merged, the public and private lives of the colony’s leading citizens played out. Today, through a diverse and changing program of exhibitions and events, the Museum of Sydney explores the stories of this city from its origins to today, while the remains of the original building can be glimpsed through glass openings in the museum forecourt and foyer.


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Entry Fees

Adult: $12
Concession / Child 5 – 15 years: $8 (under 5 years free)
Family: $30
Members: Free

Sydney Museums Pass – 12 museums & historic houses, one great price (valid for one month)
Adult: $24
Concession / Child 5 – 15 years: $16
Family: $50


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Getting There

Corner of Phillip and Bridge Streets
Sydney, NSW 2000

Opening Hours

Sunday- Saturday

10:00 to 17:00 (Closed Good Friday and Christmas Day)

Museum of Sydney Cafe

Modern Australian cuisine set in the historical backdrop of the Museum of Sydney in the heart of Sydney’s CBD.

Mon, Tue, Wed 7am to 9pm

Thu, Fri 7am to 9.30pm

Sat, Sun 8.30am to 5pm

City archaeology

Walking around Sydney’s city centre it’s easy to become consumed ...

Sydney Museums Pass

Whether you’re a Sydney local or visiting for a few days ...


Elizabeth Bay House



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Vaucluse House


Museums & Galleries of NSW helps small-medium museums, galleries and Aboriginal cultural centres create exciting experiences for visitors and, through this, thriving local NSW communities. We don't run museums, galleries and cultural centres but we care about those who do. We develop their skills, connect them with others in the industry, provide funding, point visitors their way, and give them access to ground-breaking exhibitions.

Museums & Galleries of NSW is supported by the NSW Government through Create NSW.

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