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Adult $10
Child (under 15) / Concession $5
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
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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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Hand drawn copy of Ginger Meggs' head done in coloured pencils

Exhibition

Drawing Ginger Meggs at Museum of SydneyFriday 28 August 2015

We have been amazed at our visitors' drawings of Ginger Meggs. Here is a selection of some of the best so far. Can you better these?

Woman speaking to two other women in front of doors.

Volunteers

Volunteer for Sydney Open 2015 now!Monday 17 August 2015

Do you want to be part of Sydney Open 2015 and share your passion for Sydney and its architecture? Then this may be the volunteer role for you.

Squails a nineteenth century table game

Toys

Rules of the gameFriday 7 August 2015

Indoor games have long been a popular way to pass the time for the whole family. Find out more in Toys through Time at the Museum of Sydney... But hurry the exhibition closes this Sunday 9 August!

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Thursday 03 September 2015 - Saturday 03 October 2015

Friday 11 September
6.30PM – 8PM
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Stories from the Museum of Sydney

Lotto, box lid

Rules of the game

Indoor games have long been a popular way to pass the time.With multiple players and defined rules, they are ideal activities for the whole family - especially on rainy days and dull evenings. Relatively few older examples have survived intact, in comparison to how many were made, as they were often played until they fell apart.
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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Close up of The Edge of Trees installation at the Museum of Sydney. 
The installation was created by artists Fiona Foley and Janet Laurence. The award-winning public art installation was created by artists Fiona Foley and Janet Laurence. It evokes the cultural and physical history of the site, before and after 1788: a pivotal turning point in our history, when first contact took place. 
Picture © James Horan for SLM
#MuseumofSydney #DiscoverSLM

Close up of The Edge of Trees installation at the Museum of Sydney. The installation was created by artists Fiona Foley and Janet Laurence. The award-winning public art installation was created by artists Fiona Foley and Janet Laurence. It evokes the cultural and physical history of the site, before and after 1788: a pivotal turning point in our history, when first contact took place. Picture © James Horan for SLM #MuseumofSydney #DiscoverSLM

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#edgeoftrees #museumofsydney trying to decide if this place fits my definition of non-death memorials

#edgeoftrees #museumofsydney trying to decide if this place fits my definition of non-death memorials

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Just another gorgeous day in #sydney. #blueskies #springishere  #museumofsydney #dayoff #circularquay #sydneyharbour #sydneyharbourbridge

Just another gorgeous day in #sydney. #blueskies #springishere #museumofsydney #dayoff #circularquay #sydneyharbour #sydneyharbourbridge

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What constitutes a Super House? Visit the #SuperHouse exhibition to find out! Our Hans Wegner J16 Rocking Chair has been perfectly placed, recreating @mccartneyk's book cover at the #sydneymuseum #architecture #design #museumofsydney

What constitutes a Super House? Visit the #SuperHouse exhibition to find out! Our Hans Wegner J16 Rocking Chair has been perfectly placed, recreating @mccartneyk's book cover at the #sydneymuseum #architecture #design #museumofsydney

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#Repost @isthatjessiej ・・・ Miss @elliedrennanxo I'm so proud of you! #thevoiceau #popupgig #museumofsydney

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@isthatjessiej signing some autographs for little fans during 'Top 4 Pop-Up Gig' for @thevoiceau in Museum Of Sydney in Australia on 27th August 2015 💕

@isthatjessiej signing some autographs for little fans during 'Top 4 Pop-Up Gig' for @thevoiceau in Museum Of Sydney in Australia on 27th August 2015 💕

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Super Beautiful Blooms @nealewhitaker @mccartneyk #superhouse #museum #museumofsydney #exhibition  @grandiflora_sydney @mccartneyk what a Beautiful Way to start the day @BloominMarvellous @Bloomtastic #Bloomilicious @leilajeffreys  #sgtchalky #love @vogueliving #lovevl

Super Beautiful Blooms @nealewhitaker @mccartneyk #superhouse #museum #museumofsydney #exhibition @grandiflora_sydney @mccartneyk what a Beautiful Way to start the day @BloominMarvellous @Bloomtastic #Bloomilicious @leilajeffreys #sgtchalky #love @vogueliving #lovevl

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@isthatjessiej and @rhianmcadams during 'Top 4 Pop-Up Gig' for @thevoiceau in Museum Of Sydney in Australia on 27th August 2015!

@isthatjessiej and @rhianmcadams during 'Top 4 Pop-Up Gig' for @thevoiceau in Museum Of Sydney in Australia on 27th August 2015!

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@isthatjessiej with @jj.thevoiceau & her friend during 'Top 4 Pop-Up Gig' for @thevoiceau in Museum Of Sydney in Australia on 27th August 2015!

@isthatjessiej with @jj.thevoiceau & her friend during 'Top 4 Pop-Up Gig' for @thevoiceau in Museum Of Sydney in Australia on 27th August 2015!

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Jessie J at 'Top 4 Pop-Up Gig' for The Voice AU ✌😊💜 || @thevoiceau #TheVoiceAU @isthatjessiej #JessieJ #Top4PopUpGig #MuseumOfSydney #Sydney #MyEdit

Jessie J at 'Top 4 Pop-Up Gig' for The Voice AU ✌😊💜 || @thevoiceau #TheVoiceAU @isthatjessiej #JessieJ #Top4PopUpGig #MuseumOfSydney #Sydney #MyEdit

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