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Entry

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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Children & Family

Autumn school holiday funFriday 18 March 2016

School holidays are almost here, but don’t panic! We have some great ideas for you and your children.Children can try their hand at farm-life during Earn Your Tucker at Rouse Hill House & Farm or...

This is a pencil drawing of a ship moored near a headland

New online

The splendid clipper 'Sobraon'Monday 8 February 2016

The rusting hulk of the HMAS Tingira features in several 1930s drawings of Berrys Bay by celebrated artist Lloyd Rees. Presented by Rees as a solitary, romantic figure in the serene harbour landscape, the former luxury clipper has particular resonance not only with Rees, but with one of our properties and a prominent colonial family.

Ryan McNaught and 'Jack' pose for a photo in front of a lego ship. Ryan is grinning and pointing at Jack.

 

Australia Day at MOS a big successFriday 29 January 2016

On Australia Day an army of willing helpers teamed up with ‪LEGO® certified professional, Ryan McNaught, to build a model cruise ship.

The giant fig tree 1933 Pencil on Paper

 

Artshub Review: LLoyd Rees ExhibitionFriday 8 January 2016

Simply, this is an exhibition that forces you to slow down. The immense detail at Rees’ hand is mind-boggling. In our...

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Museum of Sydney on Instagram

Checking out the strangely cute chess set. 📷: @sunshineheartz5814 
#sydney #museumofsydney #nofilter

Checking out the strangely cute chess set. 📷: @sunshineheartz5814 #sydney #museumofsydney #nofilter

7 hours 7 min
Selfie at the Museum of Sydney 🏛 #museumofsydney #sydney #museum #selfie #holiday #greatday #sighseeing #tourist

Selfie at the Museum of Sydney 🏛 #museumofsydney #sydney #museum #selfie #holiday #greatday #sighseeing #tourist

17 hours 39 min
Luna park has apparently had 6 different facades! Here I was thinking it'd been the same since day dot. This is the Lego facade at the #museumofsydney 🎡. #lifeonwallace

Luna park has apparently had 6 different facades! Here I was thinking it'd been the same since day dot. This is the Lego facade at the #museumofsydney 🎡. #lifeonwallace

1 day 8 hours
@camposcoffee anyone? We are thrilled to be serving #camposcoffee #loveinacup #thegovernorstable #museumofsydney #coffee #friday

@camposcoffee anyone? We are thrilled to be serving #camposcoffee #loveinacup #thegovernorstable #museumofsydney #coffee #friday

1 day 20 hours
Lego all the way! #paradise #legoland #lego #kidlovestoplay #imagination #creation #construction #littleminds #enjoyinglife #perciousmoments #childhoodmemories #childhood #colourful #duplo #tbt #sydneylife #sydneykids #museum #museumofsydney #sydneyaustralia #australia #nsw

Lego all the way! #paradise #legoland #lego #kidlovestoplay #imagination #creation #construction #littleminds #enjoyinglife #perciousmoments #childhoodmemories #childhood #colourful #duplo #tbt #sydneylife #sydneykids #museum #museumofsydney #sydneyaustralia #australia #nsw

2 days 11 hours
Snake! #sydney #lego #sydneyharbouricons #museumofsydney #minifigs #snake #ryanmcnaught #harbour #p&o #ship

Snake! #sydney #lego #sydneyharbouricons #museumofsydney #minifigs #snake #ryanmcnaught #harbour #p&o #ship

2 days 19 hours
Edge of Trees #museumofsydney #trees #city #cbd #sydney #fionafoley #janetlaurence #foley #laurence #art #installation #installationart

Edge of Trees #museumofsydney #trees #city #cbd #sydney #fionafoley #janetlaurence #foley #laurence #art #installation #installationart

2 days 20 hours
We went to Museum of Sydney.
There was Lego event and kids built there own things.
We had good time in the city.
#sydney #trip #circularquay #ferry #museumofsydney #city

We went to Museum of Sydney. There was Lego event and kids built there own things. We had good time in the city. #sydney #trip #circularquay #ferry #museumofsydney #city

3 days 5 hours
We love Lego! Exhibition of Sydney Harbour Icons made from Lego at Museum of Sydney. Better still - thousands of Lego bricks to play with! #sydney #lego #museumofsydney #aussielife

We love Lego! Exhibition of Sydney Harbour Icons made from Lego at Museum of Sydney. Better still - thousands of Lego bricks to play with! #sydney #lego #museumofsydney #aussielife

4 days 6 hours
"When we share what we have,  God is honored and needs are met." - Gwen Smith. 
@mertimgokalp has captured the essence of The Bearded Bakers. We present you his work to be shown at Head On Portrait Prize Exhibition at the Museum of Sydney from April 30 to June 5th. 
#knafeh #knafehbakery #beardedbakers #knafehsydney #knafehmelbourne #museumofsydney #mertimgokalp

"When we share what we have, God is honored and needs are met." - Gwen Smith. @mertimgokalp has captured the essence of The Bearded Bakers. We present you his work to be shown at Head On Portrait Prize Exhibition at the Museum of Sydney from April 30 to June 5th. #knafeh #knafehbakery #beardedbakers #knafehsydney #knafehmelbourne #museumofsydney #mertimgokalp

4 days 11 hours