Open today

10am–5pm

Entry

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

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Address

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

Phone

+612 02 9252 1144
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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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News from Justice & Police Museum

Two children running in garden in front of two storey farmstead building.

School holidays

Summer 2019: school holiday opening hoursTuesday 27 November 2018

Group of eight men in hats standing in front of harbour scene with boats in background.

New online

Tales of the HarbourFriday 17 August 2018

Sydneysiders have always been a maritime people. We explore these enduring connections in four stories of people associated with Sydney Living Museums sites and key historic moments on this extraordinary harbour.

Cropped black and white photo of woman in mutton-chop sleeves with hands behind her head in a cane chair outdoors.

International Women's Day

Women's stories, women's livesWednesday 7 March 2018

To celebrate International Women's Day, we've brought together some of the stories of the lives of women associated with our houses, our exhibitions and our collections.

Black and white engraved illustration of shootout between bushrangers and police.

New online

‘Well have we loved’Monday 12 February 2018

Awaiting execution at Darlinghurst Gaol in 1880, bushranger Captain Moonlite wrote moving letters describing his feelings for fellow gang member Jim Nesbitt.

Woman in gardening gear talking to two kids in garden setting.

School holidays

Summer school holiday opening hoursWednesday 6 December 2017

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Underworld
Mugshots from the Roaring Twenties
City of Shadows
Sydney Police Photographs 1912-1948
Crooks like us
a glimpse into the lives of fugitive souls
Crooks like us + City of Shadows
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Videos

WW1: stories from our museums

These stories explore the impact of World War I on the people connected to the historic houses and places managed by Sydney Living Museums.

Often poignant and sometimes heartbreaking, the stories reveal combatants, pacifists, patriotic fundraisers and anti-war activists, explore broader narratives of patriotism and expressions of jingoism, and touch on the aftermath of war and the memorialisation of those who enlisted.

Visit the WW1: stories from our museums website