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Open weekends only

10AM - 5PM
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Entry

Adult  | $12 
Concession  | $8 
Family  | $30 
Members  | Free of charge
Children under 5 years  | Free of charge

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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Children & Family

Spring school holiday funMonday 5 September 2016

School holidays are almost here, but don’t panic! We have some great ideas for you and your children.Children can join a tasting tour of Elizabeth Farm, discover bush tucker at Rouse Hill House ...

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Volunteers

Museum Volunteer opportunity Friday 9 September 2016

Do you love interacting with people? Would you love to be a museum ambassador and gain hands-on experience in the museum environment? We’re looking for Museum Volunteers to join our team and play a role in engaging with visitors in our museums.

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Volunteers

SLM celebrates National Volunteer WeekMonday 9 May 2016

This week is National Volunteer Week, which SLM marked with a Volunteers' Morning Tea and awards presentation to celebrate the contribution of our volunteers.

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Children & Family

Autumn school holiday funFriday 18 March 2016

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New online

Moonlite at the Sydney MintTuesday 9 February 2016

If you’ve ever visited The Mint on Sydney’s Macquarie Street, chances are you have walked in the footsteps of an infamous Australian bushranger, ‘Captain Moonlite’.

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Formerly known as the Water Police Court  on #phillipst #sydney constructed between 1854-86 & used for police purposes til 1985 it is now home to the #justiceandpolicemuseum  #xploresydney #sydney_insta #sydneylocal #igerssydney #justiceandpolicemuseum #australiagram #australia_shotz #australia_oz #ig_down_under #ig_discover_australia #ig_australia #wow_australia2016 #fabulous_australia_ #oztourguide #aussiephotos

Formerly known as the Water Police Court on #phillipst #sydney constructed between 1854-86 & used for police purposes til 1985 it is now home to the #justiceandpolicemuseum #xploresydney #sydney_insta #sydneylocal #igerssydney #justiceandpolicemuseum #australiagram #australia_shotz #australia_oz #ig_down_under #ig_discover_australia #ig_australia #wow_australia2016 #fabulous_australia_ #oztourguide #aussiephotos

3 months 3 weeks
Very interesting museum with incredible stories. #JusticeandPoliceMuseum #SydneyLivingMuseums #DiscoverSLM @sydlivmus

Very interesting museum with incredible stories. #JusticeandPoliceMuseum #SydneyLivingMuseums #DiscoverSLM @sydlivmus

4 months 6 days
Weapons Room #justiceandpolicemuseum #sydney #sydneylocal #sydneysites #weapons #mugshots

Weapons Room #justiceandpolicemuseum #sydney #sydneylocal #sydneysites #weapons #mugshots

4 months 1 week
Mug shots!! #justiceandpolicemuseum #mugshots #sydney #sydneylocal #sydneysites

Mug shots!! #justiceandpolicemuseum #mugshots #sydney #sydneylocal #sydneysites

4 months 1 week
Weapons Room #justiceandpolicemuseum #sydney #sydneylocal #sydneysites

Weapons Room #justiceandpolicemuseum #sydney #sydneylocal #sydneysites

4 months 1 week
#Sydney Adalet ve Polis müzesine giderken karşıma çıkan bu beyzadelerin selamını sizlere iletmezsem, olmazdı. 🐅🐅🐅 ☺️ #günaydın #türkiye ☕️🌄 that time I was on the way to #justiceandpolicemuseum 👀👀 #photooftheday #macquirestreet #turkishblogger #picoftheday #capture #moment #photography #city #urban #cities #street #architectureporn #australia #avustralya #travel

#Sydney Adalet ve Polis müzesine giderken karşıma çıkan bu beyzadelerin selamını sizlere iletmezsem, olmazdı. 🐅🐅🐅 ☺️ #günaydın #türkiye ☕️🌄 that time I was on the way to #justiceandpolicemuseum 👀👀 #photooftheday #macquirestreet #turkishblogger #picoftheday #capture #moment #photography #city #urban #cities #street #architectureporn #australia #avustralya #travel

4 months 2 weeks
#justiceandpolicemuseum #Sydney

#justiceandpolicemuseum #Sydney

5 months 2 weeks
That one time when I was in an Australian jail cell 🇦🇺🐨😳 #TBT #ThrowBackThursday #Australia #Sydney #HashemiLaw #BetterCallHash #JusticeAndPoliceMuseum #Jail #LosAngeles #Focused

That one time when I was in an Australian jail cell 🇦🇺🐨😳 #TBT #ThrowBackThursday #Australia #Sydney #HashemiLaw #BetterCallHash #JusticeAndPoliceMuseum #Jail #LosAngeles #Focused

5 months 3 weeks
Highly recommend a visit to the #justiceandpolicemuseum 🚓👮🏼 Brilliant exhibition on now, City of Shadows shows the dark side of Sydney throughout the years. @sydlivmus #sydney #discoverSLM

Highly recommend a visit to the #justiceandpolicemuseum 🚓👮🏼 Brilliant exhibition on now, City of Shadows shows the dark side of Sydney throughout the years. @sydlivmus #sydney #discoverSLM

6 months 1 day
Kate Leigh (1881-1964) Australian underworld figure who rose to prominence as an illegal trader of alcohol and cocaine dealer in Surry Hills, Sydney, Australia during the first half of the twentieth century... 🍻 #kateleigh #kateleighsstory #longlivekate #razorqueen #darlinghurst #darlinghurstqueen #discoverSLM #justiceandpolicemuseum @sydlivmus

Kate Leigh (1881-1964) Australian underworld figure who rose to prominence as an illegal trader of alcohol and cocaine dealer in Surry Hills, Sydney, Australia during the first half of the twentieth century... 🍻 #kateleigh #kateleighsstory #longlivekate #razorqueen #darlinghurst #darlinghurstqueen #discoverSLM #justiceandpolicemuseum @sydlivmus

6 months 2 days