What's on at the Justice & Police Museum

Bushrangers Behind Bars

Guilty or not guilty – you decide!

Step into the shoes of a notorious bushranger and take to the stand to plead your innocence. Or perhaps you’d prefer the barrister’s wig to test your powers of persuasion? Whatever your choice, take on a character and play your part in an exciting mock trial; and see first-hand how a 19th century magistrates court put Sydney’s infamous criminals behind bars.

Sat & Sun
11am & 3.30pm (30 mins)

Free with museum entry

 

Mug Shots

Dress up, strike a pose and take your own mug shot

Flapper dresses and faux fur, waistcoats and suspenders, paired with smug smiles or scowls. Choose your character, strike a pose and snap your own mug shot outside the police holding cells, with natural light and a bentwood chair (to measure your height), just like police did in the 1920s.

Sat & Sun
All day (10am – 5pm)

Free with museum entry 

Murder in the Museum

Shocking tales from Sydney’s past (adults only)

Come and hear the salacious stories of bushranger Andrew George Scott, alias Captain Moonlite, and Henry Louis Bertrand - aka ‘the mad dentist of Wynyard Square.’ Hear uncensored stories while seated within the Water Police Court, where these two criminals once stood trial. For those interested in the seedier side of Sydney ! Recommended for ages 16+.

Sat & Sun
3pm (30 mins)

Free with museum entry

Highlights tour

The history of crime, punishment and policing in Sydney

Step into the dark side of Sydney’s past on a guided highlights tour and explore what was once the city’s busiest legal hub. With its 1890s holding cells, charge room and courts, take a closer look at the world of bushrangers, police on the beat, razor gangs and criminal investigation. Duration 20 mins. 

Sat & Sun
10.30am (20 mins)

Free with museum entry 

Children’s Activity Cards

Channel your inner villain and get to work to complete the series

Channel your inner villain or detective and get to work to complete our series of activity cards. Explore the museum and unlock a safe, have your fingerprints taken, or find Tess the German shepherd, the first four-legged member of the NSW Police Dog Squad. 

Sat & Sun
All day (10am – 5pm)

Free with museum entry

 

 


 

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