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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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Celebrate Australia DayMonday 4 January 2016

Outside view of sandstone building with steps up from street and blue sign with name of museum.

Justice & Police Museum

Explosive excesses: New Year's Eve in SydneyTuesday 29 December 2015

The sounds of New Year's Eve in Sydney have changed over time, from explosive devices to fireworks.

Handpainted image of wildflowers - red and purple.


Season's greetingsThursday 24 December 2015

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Summer holiday opening hoursThursday 17 December 2015

Two children watering a garden bed surrounded by plant life, assisted by a gardener

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Spring school holiday opening hoursThursday 10 September 2015

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