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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

A large crowd look on at SLM director Mark Goggin speaking in the foyer of the Museum of Sydney foyer.

 

Iconic Australian Houses exhibition launches

New exhibition and Sydney Living Museum's exciting new Home and Architecture program launch at the Museum of Sydney.

Lion dance costumes with three people standing behind them.

Exhibition

Celestial City opens

On Saturday 29 March we celebrated the launch of the Celestial City: Sydney’s Chinese Story exhibition.

Market Gardeners enjoy some time in the mud

Museum of Sydney

To Market, Market Garden

In preparation for the opening of Celestial City: Sydney’s Chinese Story at the Museum of Sydney, a re-creation of a typical Chinese market garden is attracting growing interest in the Museum’s forecourt.

What's on

Next 30 Days
Thursday 24 April 2014 - Saturday 24 May 2014

Stories from the Museum of Sydney

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Sydney Visionaries

Cities are not just built. They are created by movers, shakers, dreamers and schemers. Sydney is no different. Drawing on the exhibition at Museum of Sydney, this article profiles eleven trail-blazers who, through intellect, determination and passion, influenced the shape, culture and identity of this harbour city.
Woman leaning over scale model at work adjusting section of verandah roof.

MODELLING THE FIRST GOVERNMENT HOUSE

A beautifully crafted scale model shows, for the first time, the final form of Sydney's original government house, having grown from a basic six-room home to the rambling edifice, eventually demolished in 1845–1846.
Portrait of Elizabeth Macquarie wearing large white frilled collar and black dress. She is looking slightly sideways and has short curly reddish hair.

LIFE AT GOVERNMENT HOUSE IN THE MACQUARIE ERA

Historian Jane Kelso describes a busy schedule of social gatherings and official events at Sydney's Government House during the governorship of Lachlan Macquarie.
Colourised image of boys standing around with wheel borrows filled with bricks.

Skint! Making do in the great depression

On Tuesday 29 October 1929 the New York stock market collapsed. Twenty-six billion dollars vanished into thin air, leaving markets in ruin for the next 3 years. Australian exports fell overnight, leaving local industries at a standstill, driving up unemployment, misery and hardship. Australia's debts to overseas banks were impossible to meet. Wage cuts, shorter working hours and brakes on government expenditure hit hard. The great depression dug in...
Black and white image of a man dressed in white rowing a dinghy in calm water.

AN EDWARDIAN SUMMER: Sydney through the lens of Arthur Wigram Allen

In the heady and exciting years before World War I, Sydney lawyer and identity Arthur Wigram Allen, a tirelessly enthusiastic photographer, focused his attention on the myriad social and technological changes occurring around himself and his family. His talent for amateur photography produced extraordinary pictures that offer a fresh insight into Sydney's Edwardian years.
Black and white drawing of colinail house and front garden showing rows of fruit trees and other plants.

Lost gardens of Sydney

Curator and garden historian Colleen Morris takes us on a turn through a selection of long lost colonial gardens, discussing their lasting influence while throwing in a few tantalising clues to their former whereabouts.

Museum of Sydney on Instagram

Sitting on a deck chair in the sun in the middle of the city #sydney #beingatouristinmyowncity #museumofsydney

Sitting on a deck chair in the sun in the middle of the city #sydney #beingatouristinmyowncity #museumofsydney

2 days 9 hours
There's some amazing design on display in the Iconic Australian Houses exhibition at the Museum of Sydney right now (like this shuttered bedroom roof - heck yeah!) though it seems limited space was an issue in its curation - most of the best aspects of the featured homes are found in the curator Karen McCartney's books placed on a table within the space, not on the exhibition panels on the walls. If you get a chance to check it out, make sure you sit down and have a flick through 👌 👆👆Palm Garden House, Northern Beaches, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, 1974-76 by Richard Leplastrier👆👆
#design #architecture #sydney #museumofsydney @sydlivmus

There's some amazing design on display in the Iconic Australian Houses exhibition at the Museum of Sydney right now (like this shuttered bedroom roof - heck yeah!) though it seems limited space was an issue in its curation - most of the best aspects of the featured homes are found in the curator Karen McCartney's books placed on a table within the space, not on the exhibition panels on the walls. If you get a chance to check it out, make sure you sit down and have a flick through 👌 👆👆Palm Garden House, Northern Beaches, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, 1974-76 by Richard Leplastrier👆👆 #design #architecture #sydney #museumofsydney @sydlivmus

2 days 22 hours
Iconic Houses of Australia exhibition #museumofsydney

Iconic Houses of Australia exhibition #museumofsydney

4 days 48 min
#museumofsydney nice to hang out today @lisa_an xx

#museumofsydney nice to hang out today @lisa_an xx

4 days 55 min
Bilingual letter of thanks to some leading light in the NSW anti-opium movement, early 1900s. 'Celestial City' exhibition, Museum of Sydney, Circular Quay, NSW. 16 April 2014. In X-Pro II filter.#sydney #sydneylivingmuseums #museumofsydney #circularquay

Bilingual letter of thanks to some leading light in the NSW anti-opium movement, early 1900s. 'Celestial City' exhibition, Museum of Sydney, Circular Quay, NSW. 16 April 2014. In X-Pro II filter.#sydney #sydneylivingmuseums #museumofsydney #circularquay

4 days 4 hours
Looking up, way up, in #Sydney. #museumofsydney #firstgovernmenthouse

Looking up, way up, in #Sydney. #museumofsydney #firstgovernmenthouse

4 days 16 hours
Australia's iconic houses. #mos #museumofsydney #papermodel #architecture

Australia's iconic houses. #mos #museumofsydney #papermodel #architecture

6 days 4 hours
The Iconic Australian Homes exhibition at the Museum of Sydney #architecture #interiors #interiordesign #instaarchitecture #instadesign #instainterior #interior #design #museum #museumofsydney #sydney

The Iconic Australian Homes exhibition at the Museum of Sydney #architecture #interiors #interiordesign #instaarchitecture #instadesign #instainterior #interior #design #museum #museumofsydney #sydney

6 days 23 hours
Museum of Sydney #museumofsydney

Museum of Sydney #museumofsydney

1 week 34 min
Beautiful entrance to the Museum of Sydney #museum #sydney #exhibition #museumofsydney #display #japanese

Beautiful entrance to the Museum of Sydney #museum #sydney #exhibition #museumofsydney #display #japanese

1 week 3 hours