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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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Lego expert Ryan McNaught placing LEGO bricks on large scale LEGO model of Marina Bay Sands


The art of LEGO [Sydney Morning Herald]Friday 6 November 2015

Children with items from Sydney Harbour with LEGO® Bricks exhibition

Media release

Announcing Sydney Harbour Icons with LEGO® BricksFriday 6 November 2015

Sydney Living Museums presents Sydney Harbour Icons with LEGO® Bricks, a world-premiere exhibition at the Museum of Sydney from 7 November 2015 that brings to life the spectacle of Sydney Harbour in colourful LEGO.

Port Jackson fig tree 1934, pencil on paper

Media release

Lloyd Rees exhibition coming soonMonday 12 October 2015

Two children watering a garden bed surrounded by plant life, assisted by a gardener

Children & Family

Spring school holiday opening hoursThursday 10 September 2015

White house with many glass paneled walls across the front, set amongst Autumn leaves and trees


Inside Superhouses of the WorldThursday 10 September 2015

Artshub Austalia explore the Superhouse Exhibition with Karen McCartney.

Loved the exhibition? Buy the book!

An Edwardian Summer
Sydney & beyond through the lens of Arthur Wigram Allen
Shooting through: Sydney by tram
Only $10
Public Sydney: drawing the city
An award-winning bestseller
Bridging Sydney
A remarkable feat of engineering

What's on

Next 30 Days
Thursday 26 November 2015 - Saturday 26 December 2015

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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The glamorous fox lady 😉
#museumofsydney #gallery #art #cafe

The glamorous fox lady 😉 #museumofsydney #gallery #art #cafe

15 hours 47 min
It's a great day to be close to the harbour as Sydney embraces the P&O fleet. 
We've got a fantastic model of the Pacific Aria made from @lego bricks here at our Sydney Harbour Icons exhibition. The perfect compliment to the day's events. 
#HarbourIcons #5ships #POcruises #lego #MuseumofSydney 
Image @bondiben for SLM

It's a great day to be close to the harbour as Sydney embraces the P&O fleet. We've got a fantastic model of the Pacific Aria made from @lego bricks here at our Sydney Harbour Icons exhibition. The perfect compliment to the day's events. #HarbourIcons #5ships #POcruises #lego #MuseumofSydney Image @bondiben for SLM

22 hours 30 min
Censorship at its best 😉
#contemporaryart #modernart #sydney #museumofsydney #gallery

Censorship at its best 😉 #contemporaryart #modernart #sydney #museumofsydney #gallery

1 day 47 min
Serious building overhang #lunchtimewalk #lookingup #govenorphilliptower #museumofsydney #phillipstreet #sydney

Serious building overhang #lunchtimewalk #lookingup #govenorphilliptower #museumofsydney #phillipstreet #sydney

2 days 20 hours
#lego fun for an hour @sydlivmus #museumofsydney #sydneylivingmuseum

#lego fun for an hour @sydlivmus #museumofsydney #sydneylivingmuseum

4 days 6 hours
#museum #sydneylife #Sydney #museumofsydney #lifestyle #art #circularquay

#museum #sydneylife #Sydney #museumofsydney #lifestyle #art #circularquay

4 days 21 hours
#lego #museumofsydney #legobricks #amzing #sydneybridge

#lego #museumofsydney #legobricks #amzing #sydneybridge

1 week 1 day
Amazing lego bricks can make anything 👍🔧🔨🔩🏰 #sydney #harbouricons #legobricks #museumofsydney #operahouse#sydneyharbouricons

Amazing lego bricks can make anything 👍🔧🔨🔩🏰 #sydney #harbouricons #legobricks #museumofsydney #operahouse#sydneyharbouricons

1 week 2 days
Love this #caravan #Holden #retro #museumofsydney

Love this #caravan #Holden #retro #museumofsydney

1 week 4 days
Early #Holden #pr shot #museumofsydney #retro

Early #Holden #pr shot #museumofsydney #retro

1 week 4 days