How Cities Work

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Explore the city inside and out, top to bottom in a whole new way! From sewers to skyscrapers, this interactive exhibition reveals the secret workings of the city. 

Enter an immersive cityscape full of magical, tactile experiences to discover how the city works. Peek inside buildings, duck underground, and explore the streets to find out what’s going on above your head and beneath your feet.

This spectacular exhibition is currently being developed in collaboration with illustrator and city fanatic James Gulliver Hancock, and is adapted from the bestselling book How Cities Work from Lonely Planet Kids.

See and hear the city come to life with interactive animations, bustling sounds and something new to uncover on every street corner.

Pop on a hard hat and step onto a lively construction site, design your ultimate building of the future or make the city move from day to night at your fingertips. What will you create? It’s the city as you’ve never experienced it before!

Capacity notice for Sunday 16 December: Entry to the exhibition on Sunday 16 December is at capacity, due to our booked out public opening event for this exhibition. Please consider visiting How Cities Work on another day. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause and appreciate your understanding.


About James

James Gulliver Hancock’s obsession with drawing has led him around the world to capture buildings in New York, London, and closer to home in Sydney and Melbourne. With a pencil always in hand, he reimagines cities, their buildings and people through his offbeat lens. 

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15 December 2018 - 21 July 2019


(includes museum entry)

Adult $15
Child / Concession $12
Family (2 adults & 2 children or 1 adult & 3 children) $38
Under 5s FREE
Sydney Living Museums Members FREE
Sydney Museums Pass holders FREE

Purchase your tickets at the museum.

Museum of Sydney

Cnr Phillip and Bridge Sts, Sydney NSW 2000

Major event notice: On Sunday 16 December 2018, a major family event will take place inside and outside the Museum of Sydney from 10am-2pm. Expect a large number of visitors and high levels of noise during this event.

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When you purchase a 12 month household membership at any of our museums, between 15 December 2018 and 29 January 2019. Offer not available online.

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