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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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New signs to find the wayThursday 2 July 2015

Image from the Lego Movie, Lego figurines run towards camera

Children & Family

Everything is awesome at Museum of SydneyTuesday 9 June 2015

Children in convict garb look at a display at the Hyde Park Barracks Museums

Children & Family

Winter holiday opening hoursTuesday 9 June 2015

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.

Robot romance: a toy collector's story

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Next 30 Days
Wednesday 05 August 2015 - Friday 04 September 2015

Stories from the Museum of Sydney

Patsy doll head with eyes open

Patsy's Plastic Surgery

Do you have a beloved toy that needs fixing? We took our Patsy doll for a check-up at the Sydney Doll Hospital, see her transformation here.
A close up photo of a robots face

Robot Romance

Claudia Chan Shaw is most familiar to many as the presenter of the ABC show The Collectors. Find out more about her collection of tin toys.
This is a colour photograph of an open white picket gate with a stately home surrounded by lawn and tall deciduous trees

Treasures from Leuralla

Toys, trains and teddy bears can be found at the stately home in Leura in Sydney’s Blue Mountains.
A cropped image of a hand drawn rocking horse

Your Favourite Toys

If you have visited our Toys Through Time exhibition you’ll know that we ask visitors to draw or write about their favourite childhood toys.
This is a photograph showing the edge of a knitted garment made from yarn in blue, orange, red, brown and pink

The Family Yarn

Vivian Chan Shaw has been a celebrated Australian fashion designer since the 1970s but her ancestral connection to Australia and creative flair crosses many generations.
Image of a partly constructed bridge with workers standing on steel girders high above the harbour.

Bridging Sydney

The story of Sydney's Harbour Bridge unfolds like an epic tale. The 2006 exhibition and book, Bridging Sydney, chronicles its long development and dramatic construction.
Painting showing the exterior of a building with a dirt road

Painting the Rocks: The Loss of Old Sydney

A joint initiative of the Historic Houses Trust and Sydney Harbour Foreshore Authority, Painting the Rocks was an exhibition held at the Museum of Sydney from 7 August 2010 – 28 November 2010.
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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.

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