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10AM - 5PM
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  • Wheelchair Accessible

Entry

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

Special admission prices apply for the Towers of Tomorrow with LEGO® Bricks exhibition. 

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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King of the crater critters

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A cereal collectorMonday 18 May 2015

Barry Divola is a journalist, music critic, author and cereal toy aficionado. Find out more about his unusual collection of plastic childhood toys.

Jenny (left) supporting an event at Vaucluse House with fellow volunteer Mary

 

Celebrating our volunteersWednesday 13 May 2015

Woman in blue top and young girl in red top in the Vaucluse House gardens.

 

Mother’s Day at Sydney Living MuseumsThursday 30 April 2015

Share a special day out at Sydney Living Museums with your mum this Mother’s Day.

Meryl Streep by Annie-Leibovitz

Robot romance: a toy collector's story

What's on

This Weekend
Friday 29 May 2015 - Sunday 31 May 2015

Friday 29 May
5PM – 9PM
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Stories from the Museum of Sydney

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.
B/W photo of middle aged man looking directly into the camera

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...

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Little Princess (Sylvia Liber) - 2015 Head On Portrait Prize Finalist. I've just voted for my Nikon-Walkley Award winning friend @sylvia_liber in the People's Choice Award. Congratulations Sylvia 💜💜💜 #australian #prestigious #photographic #portrait #prize #photography #festival #museumofsydney #photographer

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Who’s heading to @VividSydney this weekend? 
We cannot wait to see the City of Sydney lit up in all its glory! 
Museum of Sydney is part of the action this year with this special installation from artist Joe Snell. 
To celebrate we’re open late through on selected dates. Head online for details: 
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#VividSydney #MuseumofSydney

Who’s heading to @VividSydney this weekend? We cannot wait to see the City of Sydney lit up in all its glory! Museum of Sydney is part of the action this year with this special installation from artist Joe Snell. To celebrate we’re open late through on selected dates. Head online for details: http://slm.is/light #VividSydney #MuseumofSydney

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Bouncy Balls - Sydney CBD #museumofsydney #SAVL #vivid ?

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Detail from Brian Cassey portrait at HeadOn. My pick. Her story is in the frame and in her eyes, just beautiful. #HeadOn #photography #portraitprize #portrait #png #pngbar #museumofsydney #finalist #briancassey

Detail from Brian Cassey portrait at HeadOn. My pick. Her story is in the frame and in her eyes, just beautiful. #HeadOn #photography #portraitprize #portrait #png #pngbar #museumofsydney #finalist #briancassey

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