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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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Expanded Architecture Exhibition and SymposiumFriday 10 October 2014

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Membership

Members program announcedWednesday 8 October 2014

Sydney Living Museums has unveiled a generous new membership program offering exclusive benefits across its portfolio of 12 of the most important historic houses, gardens and museums in New South Wales.

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Towers of TomorrowWednesday 8 October 2014

Get ready to build something tall in our new exhibition Towers of Tomorrow with LEGO® bricks.

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Meet Ryan McNaughtTuesday 7 October 2014

Go behind the scenes of Towers of Tomorrow with LEGO® bricks to meet Ryan McNaught, who's piecing together 18 iconic scale-model skyscrapers.

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Arthur Phillip

Arthur Phillip BicentenaryThursday 28 August 2014

Rob Stokes MP, Minister for Heritage today announced a program of special events, led by the Historic Houses Trust of NSW, to mark the Bicentenary of the death of Governor Arthur Phillip on 31 August 1814.

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Next 7 Days
Friday 24 October 2014 - Friday 31 October 2014
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Stories from the Museum of Sydney

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.
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.
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.
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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...
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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.
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The Wild Ones: Sydney Stadium 1908—1970

The Sydney Stadium, which stood on the corner of New South Head Road and Nield Avenue, Rushcutters Bay, was Sydney's pre-eminent boxing, wrestling and concert venue for more than 60 years.

Museum of Sydney on Instagram

I swear there is a house in Rural Australia built within the last few years that looks like that... #classic #beauty #australian #architecture #dreamhome #smallhome #exhibition #museumofsydney

I swear there is a house in Rural Australia built within the last few years that looks like that... #classic #beauty #australian #architecture #dreamhome #smallhome #exhibition #museumofsydney

1 week 15 hours
60 years ago, we dreamt small. Now we are a land of McMansions. Sigh. #ironic #australian #architecture #exhibition #museumofsydney #sydney

60 years ago, we dreamt small. Now we are a land of McMansions. Sigh. #ironic #australian #architecture #exhibition #museumofsydney #sydney

1 week 16 hours
Perfect morning in #Sydney ✨.. Breakfast of corn fritters🌽, fluffiest scrambled eggs, ricotta hot cakes 😍😍, granola, eggs cheese skillet & ending breakkie at my favvvv #gelato from #Messina 🍦.. Followed by an afternoon of shopping and our museum fix #familyfun #museumofsydney

Perfect morning in #Sydney ✨.. Breakfast of corn fritters🌽, fluffiest scrambled eggs, ricotta hot cakes 😍😍, granola, eggs cheese skillet & ending breakkie at my favvvv #gelato from #Messina 🍦.. Followed by an afternoon of shopping and our museum fix #familyfun #museumofsydney

1 week 2 days
edge of the trees_  #sydney #museumofsydney #history #art

edge of the trees_ #sydney #museumofsydney #history #art

1 week 4 days
I could be wrong, but this is probably one of the very few sympathetic portrayals of the Chinese made in 19th century Sydney. At the Celestial City exhibition. #sydneymuseum #museumofsydney #thecelestialcity #history #chineseaustralia #print #illustration

I could be wrong, but this is probably one of the very few sympathetic portrayals of the Chinese made in 19th century Sydney. At the Celestial City exhibition. #sydneymuseum #museumofsydney #thecelestialcity #history #chineseaustralia #print #illustration

1 week 4 days
This one is yours @cynthia_shmynthia  #sydney #sandstone #mos #museumofsydney

This one is yours @cynthia_shmynthia #sydney #sandstone #mos #museumofsydney

1 week 5 days
Have you got a friendly smile and a knack for customer service? If so, we'd love you to be a volunteer and help us provide a great experience to visitors at our exciting Towers of Tomorrow with LEGO® Bricks exhibition at the Museum of Sydney. 
To read more and apply go to our website, the link is in our bio. #MuseumofSydney #lego #slmisfun #volunteer

Have you got a friendly smile and a knack for customer service? If so, we'd love you to be a volunteer and help us provide a great experience to visitors at our exciting Towers of Tomorrow with LEGO® Bricks exhibition at the Museum of Sydney. To read more and apply go to our website, the link is in our bio. #MuseumofSydney #lego #slmisfun #volunteer

1 week 6 days