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24 hours of the Museum of Sydney

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10AM - 5PM
  • Cafe
  • Free wifi
  • Wheelchair Accessible

Entry

Adult $10
Child (5 - 15) / Concession $5
Children under 5 free
Family (two adults + two children) $20
Members free

Address

Cnr Phillip and Bridge Streets, Sydney, NSW 2000

Phone

Museum: 02 9251 5988
The Governors Table: 02 9241 1788

Museum of Sydney

Major partner

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For 57 years first Government House was the centre of the social, ceremonial and political life of the colony of NSW. Today the Museum of Sydney protects the fragile remains of this deeply significant and symbolic site, and tells ongoing stories of Sydney and its people.

Old watercolour showing the harbour, foreshore area and gardens in front of first Government House. Yachts and aborigines in canoes are depicted on the water. First Government House, Sydney by John Eyre.

A modern museum built over and around the remains of Australia’s first Government House, the Museum of Sydney celebrates the people and events that have shaped the character and soul of this city. In 1788 Governor Phillip chose this site for his official residence. It quickly became the centre of the colony’s administrative and social life, and an important focus of first contact between the Gadigal people and the colonisers. The next eight governors also lived here, and as banquets and balls, the business of government and family home merged, the public and private lives of the colony’s leading citizens played out. Today, through a diverse and changing program of exhibitions and events, the Museum of Sydney explores the stories of this city from its origins to today, while the remains of the original building can be glimpsed through glass openings in the museum forecourt and foyer.

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News

Models of ships and harbour icons.

Museum of Sydney

Visitors create Sydney Harbour LEGO masterpiecesFriday 22 July 2016

Botanical Art tile with blue background and flower illustration.

Museum of Sydney

Botanical ArtWednesday 6 July 2016

This winter, Sydney Living Museums presents two new botanical art exhibitions at the Museum of Sydney: Florilegium: Sydney’s Painted Garden and The Artist & the Botanical Collector: the Lost...

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Children & Family

Winter holiday funFriday 24 June 2016

Book the kids in for a winter adventure at our place these school holidays. There’s a heap to see and do, and with extended trading hours at many of our properties, much more time to do it.

White magnolia flower illustration

Media release

Two exquisite botanic art exhibitions coming soonWednesday 22 June 2016

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Florilegium/Lost Gardens of Sydney
Limited offer book bundle
An Edwardian Summer
Sydney & beyond through the lens of Arthur Wigram Allen
Shooting through: Sydney by tram
Only $10
Public Sydney/The Mint Project
Limited offer book bundle

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All set up & ready for #SAMAG conversation on managing success  #vividideas @sydlivmus #museumofsydney

All set up & ready for #SAMAG conversation on managing success #vividideas @sydlivmus #museumofsydney

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Looking up 🏙

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Went to the city today and checked out the @headonphotofestival at the #museumofsydney massive congrats to @kristiantaylorwood with his amazing photo of the amazing @laurenwinzer you should be super proud!! #photography #love #portrait #blogger #city

Went to the city today and checked out the @headonphotofestival at the #museumofsydney massive congrats to @kristiantaylorwood with his amazing photo of the amazing @laurenwinzer you should be super proud!! #photography #love #portrait #blogger #city

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#Repost @artemideaustralia ・・・
@vividsydney starts tonight! Come and discover Les Danseuses by Atelier Oi at the Museum of Sydney, Viewing Cube. 27 May - 18 June. 
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#Repost @artemideaustralia ・・・ @vividsydney starts tonight! Come and discover Les Danseuses by Atelier Oi at the Museum of Sydney, Viewing Cube. 27 May - 18 June. #danesemilano #lesdanseuses #artemide #vividsydney #museumofsydney #viewingcube #tripointrigging

2 months 4 weeks
@vividsydney starts tonight! Come and discover Les Danseuses by Atelier Oi at the Museum of Sydney, Viewing Cube. 27 May - 18 June. 
#danesemilano #lesdanseuses #artemide #vividsydney #museumofsydney #viewingcube

@vividsydney starts tonight! Come and discover Les Danseuses by Atelier Oi at the Museum of Sydney, Viewing Cube. 27 May - 18 June. #danesemilano #lesdanseuses #artemide #vividsydney #museumofsydney #viewingcube

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Coming soon, to a Museum of Sydney Forecourt near you ... #electricjellyfish #VIVIDsydney #VIVID #design #dolby #sydney #mos #museumofsydney

Coming soon, to a Museum of Sydney Forecourt near you ... #electricjellyfish #VIVIDsydney #VIVID #design #dolby #sydney #mos #museumofsydney

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