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


Cnr Phillip and Bridge Streets, Sydney, NSW 2000


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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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...

	Family washing and hanging clothes in the Oak Tree Court at Elizabeth Farm


Celebrate Australia DayMonday 4 January 2016

Enjoy general entry at concession price to a selection of our historic houses and museums, experience a musical installation and help build a giant LEGO® cruise ship all on Australia Day.Build a LEGO

Handpainted image of wildflowers - red and purple.


Season's greetingsThursday 24 December 2015

We wish you all a restful and joy-filled Christmas and New Year, with your friends and families.Warm regardsMark GogginExecutive DirectorSydney...

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Children & Family

Summer holiday opening hoursThursday 17 December 2015

We’re making the most of the summer holidays with extended opening hours at many of our museums and historic houses. There are plenty of exhibitions, events and tours on offer too.

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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
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Stories from the Museum of Sydney

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

The splendid clipper 'Sobraon'

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.
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.

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