Museum of Sydney, Sydney

Museum of Sydney, Sydney (must see)

The Museum of Sydney showcases the fascinating history of the city and how it developed from a small village near a harbour to a vibrant metropolis. History comes alive to visitors through displays, pictures and digital media techniques.

The Museum of Sydney is on the site of the first Government House built for the first Governor of New South Wales, Arthur Philip. It was constructed in 1788 and was unearthed by archaeologists in 1983. The early drains are left exposed in front of the modern structure housing the Museum of Sydney. It was designed by the architect firm, Denton Corker Marshall. The museum opened its doors for public viewing in 1995. It has an award-winning sculpture called the Edge of the Trees depicting the first contact between Aborigines and British settlers.

Notable displays at the museum are panoramic views of the city, goods and chattels belonging to convicts uncovered by archaeological digs, objects dedicated to the indigenous people who lived in the location before the arrival of the Europeans and models and descriptions of the first fleet that brought British troops and convicts to Australia to set up a penal colony. The museum tells the tale of the people who lived and worked in the city and visionaries who shaped modern-day Sydney.

Why You Should Visit:
One place to quickly upgrade your knowledge about Sydney by way of varied and interesting exhibits including unique artworks, archaeology, models, and more.
Although not large, the museum is well laid out and there are several videos, archive films, and interactive exhibits.

Tip:
Taking the guided tour is a good idea, as it unravels so much more information. There is a lot of subtlety to the museum which is probably lost on the people who criticize it for not being BIG.

Opening Hours:
Daily: 10am-5pm

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Museum of Sydney on Map

Sight Name: Museum of Sydney
Sight Location: Sydney, Australia
Sight Type: Museum/Gallery
Guide(s) containing this sight: Walking Tour: Museums and Art Galleries in Sydney  

Walking Tours in Sydney, Australia

Create Your Own Walk in Sydney

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City Orientation Walking Tour II

City Orientation Walking Tour II

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Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.5 Km or 3.4 Miles
Walking Tour on Sydney’s East Shore

Walking Tour on Sydney’s East Shore

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Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.6 Km or 3.5 Miles
Landmarks Walking Tour in Sydney

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Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.2 Km or 3.2 Miles
Places of Worship in Sydney

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Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.7 Km or 2.3 Miles
Most Popular Sydney’s Art Galleries

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Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.2 Km or 1.4 Miles
City Orientation Walking Tour I

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Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.9 Km or 3.7 Miles

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