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Next Open Saturday 22 July

10AM - 5PM
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Adult  | $12 
Concession  | $8 
Family  | $30 
Members  | Free of charge
Children under 5 years  | Free of charge


Corner Albert and Phillip Streets, Circular Quay, Sydney, NSW 2000


+612 02 9252 1144

In a city that’s grown out from the harbour, the waterfront has always hummed with adventure and misadventure. Schemes devised, tempers lost, deals done, and not always on the right side of the law.

Step into the dark side of Sydney’s past with a visit to the Water Police station and courts that once made up one of the city’s busiest legal hubs. Crooks and cops, thugs and judges, locals and drifters, the guilty and the innocent have all left their stories here. With its 1890s holding cells, offices, charge room and courts, the museum draws you into a world of crime, punishment and policing, from bushrangers, sly grog and razor gangs to forensics. A vast archive of crime scene photography and mug shots reveal more than a century of underworld Sydney.

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Two people painting wooden verandah posts with street in background.

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Finishing the interiors at Justice & Police MuseumWednesday 12 April 2017

Get a glimpse of the recent works at the museum, including timber repairs, painting, french polishing, and sandstone cleaning.

Two little boys dress up in an old court room

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Sydney’s underworld comes to life this summerTuesday 29 November 2016

Gathering of large group of people on steep stairs in front of sandstone building.
Two children in old-fashioned kitchen using implements in front of window.

Children & Family

Autumn school holiday funFriday 18 March 2016

Cropped version of photo portrait of bearded man, mounted on card.

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Moonlite at the Sydney MintTuesday 9 February 2016

If you’ve ever visited The Mint on Sydney’s Macquarie Street, chances are you have walked in the footsteps of an infamous Australian bushranger, ‘Captain Moonlite’.

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