Museum of Sydney Tours
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Life in Sydney isn’t all about the beach and surfing, but about culture as well. Located inside the walls of a majestic building from 1788, the former residence of Gov. Arthur Phillip, the Museum of Sydney informs visitors about the history of New South Wales’ capital in an entertaining way. The collection displays archaeological finds, utensils from the everyday life of the Aborigines and the first settlers, as well as documents and pictures about the development of Sydney to Australia’s largest city.
Multimedia presentations and computer animations bring the history of the former penal colony to life, and although the museum mostly informs guests about the city’s history, it also takes a critical look at the clash of cultures that happened between the Aborigines and European immigrants.
The museum's location in itself is deeply symbolic. It was here that in 1788, the Cadigal, a group of Aborigines inhabiting the area, and the English first encountered each other. The sculptures in front of the museum, called the “Edge of Trees,” accordingly symbolize the Cadigal looking on from the edge of the trees as Arthur Philip’s fleet anchored in the Bay of Sydney and hoisted the Union Jack to formally found the first British colony on Australian ground.
The museum is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and only closes on Good Friday and Christmas. It sits only one block away from Circular Quay, which is serviced by trains, buses and ferries. There is no parking available at the museum, and using public transportation is recommended.
Address: Corner of Phillip and Bridge Streets, Sydney, NSW, Australia
Hours: Open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Closed on Good Friday and Christmas.
Admission: Adult $10 AUD, Child (under 15) $5 AUD, Family (two adults + two children) $20 AUD
3 Tours and Activities to Experience Museum of Sydney
Explore Sydney at your own pace with a downloadable audio tour. This self-guided walking tour includes insightful cultural and historical commentary and a map of the tour route. See the Sydney Harbour and its spectacular bridge and opera house with added context in your ear. Walk through The Rocks and learn about the city’s convict past, then dig deeper into Sydney’s past with a visit to the museum of Sydney. Ideal for visitors who enjoy privacy and prefer to explore on their own.
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Price varies by group size
Price varies by group size
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Frequently Asked Questions
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What are Museum of Sydney hours of operation?
Museum of Sydney hours of operation: Open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Closed on Good Friday and Christmas.. Buy tickets in advance on Viator. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund.
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