A Tale of Two Zoos explores the story of Sydney’s first public zoo, at Moore Park (1884–1916), and the creation of Taronga Zoological Park, which opened on the northern shore of Sydney Harbour in 1916.

Drawn mainly from a collection of glass-plate negatives held by NSW State Archives and recently digitised, the stunning and compelling photographs displayed show the contrast between the conditions of the old zoo and the modern enclosures of Taronga, and allow us to meet the animals that enchanted generations of Sydneysiders.

A collaboration between Sydney Living Museums and NSW State Archives.


When & Where

NSW Parliament House

6 Macquarie Street, Sydney NSW 2000

Free entry

8 February 2022 - 3 March 2022
Select dates until 3 March, 9am-5pm
Select dates until 3 March, 9am-5pm
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