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Next Open Saturday 27 December

 
10AM - 5PM
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Entry

Adult $10

Child (under 15) / Concession $5

Family (two adults + two children) $20

Members free

Address

Corner Albert and Phillip Streets, Circular Quay, Sydney, NSW 2000

Phone

+612 02 9252 1144
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In a city that’s grown out from the harbour, the waterfront has always hummed with adventure and misadventure. Schemes devised, tempers lost, deals done, and not always on the right side of the law.

Step into the dark side of Sydney’s past with a visit to the Water Police station and courts that once made up one of the city’s busiest legal hubs. Crooks and cops, thugs and judges, locals and drifters, the guilty and the innocent have all left their stories here. With its 1890s holding cells, offices, charge room and courts, the museum draws you into a world of crime, punishment and policing, from bushrangers, sly grog and razor gangs to forensics. A vast archive of crime scene photography and mug shots reveal more than a century of underworld Sydney.

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The Latest At Justice & Police Museum

Black and white photo of two hams on black wooden chair, each ham is tagged:  EXHIBITS - To be kept for evidence.

 

A Christmas crimeWednesday 17 December 2014

As Christmas approached, the Magistrates at the Water Police Court, now the Justice & Police Museum, were often faced with a very seasonal crime – the theft of Christmas hams.

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Rocco Fazzari draws for SLMTuesday 16 December 2014

Sydney Living Museums has commissioned artist Rocco Fazzari to create a series of fine line drawings of the twelve museums in our portfolio.

Black and white mugshot of man against barred window, left hand side image closeup, right hand side image full standing shot.

Exhibition

Breakers – the dying art of safebreakingMonday 13 October 2014

In this display you will see the tools confiscated from safebreakers, hear a policeman talk about his experience investigating safebreaking during the 1950s and see the remarkable story of Sydney’s safebreakers as captured in the NSW Police Forensic Photography Archive.

Black and white mugshot of man against wall, left hand side image closeup without hat, right hand side image full standing shot with hat on, leaning on chair.

Exhibition

Notorious Criminals: A Snapshot of Sinister SydneyMonday 13 October 2014

This new display at the Justice & Police Museum tells the story of nine of the city’s most notorious criminals.

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Membership

Members program announcedWednesday 8 October 2014

Sydney Living Museums has unveiled a generous new membership program offering exclusive benefits across its portfolio of 12 of the most important historic houses, gardens and museums in New South Wales.

Behind the scenes: restoration and research

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Ah the agony of choice ! #Justiceandpolicemuseum sydney #weaponofchoice #police

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As Christmas approached, the Magistrates at the Water Police Court were often faced with a very seasonal crime – the theft of Christmas hams. 
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http://slm.is/tellingporkies

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As Christmas approached, the Magistrates at the Water Police Court were often faced with a very seasonal crime – the theft of Christmas hams. Get the full story here: http://slm.is/tellingporkies #JusticeandPoliceMuseum #DiscoverSLM #bnw #byn

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Help. #DiscoverSLM #JusticeAndPoliceMuseum

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Taken myself on a solo museum date.

Taken myself on a solo museum date.

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Sunday exploring: @sydlivmus besides engaging crime stories and the art of safebreaking, the discovery of the city of shadows captured on police forensic photographs. Stunning image of the place you fear and, out of inexplicable fascination, you would like to be part of. #discoverSLM #JusticeandPoliceMuseum

Sunday exploring: @sydlivmus besides engaging crime stories and the art of safebreaking, the discovery of the city of shadows captured on police forensic photographs. Stunning image of the place you fear and, out of inexplicable fascination, you would like to be part of. #discoverSLM #JusticeandPoliceMuseum

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How amazing are Dana Keller's colour-enhanced edits of black and white mug shots from our NSW police forensic archive?

This is Sydney Skukerman, a Jewish immigrant who was a conman in 1924. He wrote fake cheques to department stores like David Jones before his arrest. 
See our full image archive here: sydneylivingmuseums.com.au/justice-police-museum/forensic-archive

For more of Keller's incredible work visit the History in Color Facebook page. 
Image courtesy: Sydney Living Museums/Dana Keller 
#justiceandpolicemuseum #criminals #sydneyhistory #danakeller #historyincolour

How amazing are Dana Keller's colour-enhanced edits of black and white mug shots from our NSW police forensic archive? This is Sydney Skukerman, a Jewish immigrant who was a conman in 1924. He wrote fake cheques to department stores like David Jones before his arrest. See our full image archive here: sydneylivingmuseums.com.au/justice-police-museum/forensic-archive For more of Keller's incredible work visit the History in Color Facebook page. Image courtesy: Sydney Living Museums/Dana Keller #justiceandpolicemuseum #criminals #sydneyhistory #danakeller #historyincolour

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