We're delighted to be part of Vivid Sydney


From 22 May until 8 June, Museum of Sydney’s viewing cube will host an enthralling light installation by famed artist and architect Joe Snell, as part of Vivid Sydney, the largest festival of light, music and ideas in the world.

We invite you to come down from 5pm onwards each night during the Festival to view this spectacle of light, energy and movement. The light installation portrays the ups and downs, twists and turns of fortune experienced by all Australians in the so-called ‘Lucky Country’.

The Museum of Sydney is a fitting locale for this dynamic and reflective work. The site of the first Government House, this location has witnessed first-hand the fickleness of good fortune.

For some convicts on the First Fleet, the new colony represented a second chance, an opportunity to build a new life away from the slums of Britain. However, for the Aboriginal peoples who had lived in the Sydney basin for thousands of years, this arrival also brought disease, devastation and dislocation.

Today, as we work towards a shared future where all are valued and given the same opportunities, this work stands as a beacon of optimism and hope.

Late Opening Hours & Free Entry

  • Friday 22 May
  • Saturday 23 May
  • Thursday 28 May
  • Friday 29 May
  • Saturday 30 May
  • Thursday 4 May
  • Friday 5 May
  • Saturday 6 May
  • Sunday 7 June

During Vivid Sydney 2015, the Museum of Sydney will stay open until 9pm on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights and also on the final Sunday.

Find out more about what is going on at the Museum here.

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