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Adult $10

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

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+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 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.

View of pigeonholes in the the police station charge room.

 

Police officer for a dayMonday 1 September 2014

They say that clothes make the man or woman – especially for those in uniform. What were Sydney’s police officers wearing in the 1890s?

The number 58 on a faded green-painted surface with door bell below.

 

Sydney Weekender visit SLMMonday 21 July 2014

Behind the scenes: restoration and research

Your photos of the Justice and Police Museum

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

1 week 5 days
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

2 weeks 19 hours
Kong Lee, a notorious safebreaker from Sydney in 1922. His slap-dash approach consisted of stuffing a safe full of explosives and hoping the neighbours don't complain of the noise when it blows. 
Hear more stories like Lee's in our upcoming exhibition: Breakers- The Dying Art of Safebreaking. 
sydneylivingmuseums.com.au/exhibitions/breakers-dying-art-safebreaking

Image credit: NSW Police Dept. 
#safebreakers #justiceandpolicemuseum #mugshot #sydneyhistory

Kong Lee, a notorious safebreaker from Sydney in 1922. His slap-dash approach consisted of stuffing a safe full of explosives and hoping the neighbours don't complain of the noise when it blows. Hear more stories like Lee's in our upcoming exhibition: Breakers- The Dying Art of Safebreaking. sydneylivingmuseums.com.au/exhibitions/breakers-dying-art-safebreaking Image credit: NSW Police Dept. #safebreakers #justiceandpolicemuseum #mugshot #sydneyhistory

2 weeks 3 days
The #JusticeAndPoliceMuseum and Smooth Festival of Chocolate around Circular Quay and The Rocks #discoverslm @sydlivmus 🚓🍫

The #JusticeAndPoliceMuseum and Smooth Festival of Chocolate around Circular Quay and The Rocks #discoverslm @sydlivmus 🚓🍫

3 weeks 6 days
A L Fisher, 1919 petty criminal #sydney #sydlivmus #crookslikeus @sydlivmus #justiceandpolicemuseum

A L Fisher, 1919 petty criminal #sydney #sydlivmus #crookslikeus @sydlivmus #justiceandpolicemuseum

1 month 1 week
Sandstone of early Sydney #sydlivmus #justiceandpolicemuseum @sydlivmus

Sandstone of early Sydney #sydlivmus #justiceandpolicemuseum @sydlivmus

1 month 2 weeks
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Most addictive game ever? I shot 15 birds tonight. Download Duckodile Hunt for iPhone and Android! http://appstore.com/ozymandia/ http://play.google.com/store/search?q=Duckodile%20Hunt #kapaluatrails #justiceandpolicemuseum #kirklandconcoursdelegance #zephyrhillsbulldogs #maltaviews #limafitness #perryciado #kailuaphotographer #mayohotochallenge2013 #kailuavskalaheo #chadwicksjewelers #ottawaorchidsociety #hopewellfurnace #wallacevanborn #careyxc14 #cedarpointswag #lelandandgray #griffinpartyof2sc #careycats #romebyday #bathhater #bushdinner #stuartwedding726 #binghamwrestling #paulnaschy #goodingood #kaneyandnadi #cedarpointbeach #venicedinner #kulalmpur

2 months 1 week
Recognise this building?

It is the site of our current Justice & Police Museum. Taken in November 1870, long before many of the buildings that exist around the site today were built.

Imagine all of the different characters and their tales that have passed through these walls image if these walls could talk... http://slm.is/talkingjustice

#justiceandpolicemuseum #DiscoverSLM #bnw #byn #bandw #sydney #nswpolice

Recognise this building? It is the site of our current Justice & Police Museum. Taken in November 1870, long before many of the buildings that exist around the site today were built. Imagine all of the different characters and their tales that have passed through these walls image if these walls could talk... http://slm.is/talkingjustice #justiceandpolicemuseum #DiscoverSLM #bnw #byn #bandw #sydney #nswpolice

3 months 1 week
Tools of death and destruction at #Sydney's #JusticeandPoliceMuseum. #seeaustralia #australia #nsw #travel

Tools of death and destruction at #Sydney's #JusticeandPoliceMuseum. #seeaustralia #australia #nsw #travel

4 months 2 weeks