Open today

10am–5pm
  • Free wifi
  • Wheelchair Accessible

Entry

Adult  | $15 
Concession  | $12 
Family*  | $38 
Members  | Free of charge
Children under 5 years  | Free of charge

*2 adults & 2 children or 1 adult & 3 children

Address

Corner Phillip and Bridge Streets, Sydney, NSW 2000

Phone

Museum: 02 9251 5988
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For 57 years first Government House was the centre of the social, ceremonial and political life of the colony of NSW. Today the Museum of Sydney protects the fragile remains of this deeply significant and symbolic site, and tells ongoing stories of Sydney and its people.

Old watercolour showing the harbour, foreshore area and gardens in front of first Government House. Yachts and aborigines in canoes are depicted on the water. First Government House, Sydney by John Eyre.

A modern museum built over and around the remains of Australia’s first Government House, the Museum of Sydney celebrates the people and events that have shaped the character and soul of this city. In 1788 Governor Phillip chose this site for his official residence. It quickly became the centre of the colony’s administrative and social life, and an important focus of first contact between the Gadigal people and the colonisers. The next eight governors also lived here, and as banquets and balls, the business of government and family home merged, the public and private lives of the colony’s leading citizens played out. Today, through a diverse and changing program of exhibitions and events, the Museum of Sydney explores the stories of this city from its origins to today, while the remains of the original building can be glimpsed through glass openings in the museum forecourt and foyer.

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News

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School holidays

Winter School Holidays 2019: opening hoursMonday 17 June 2019

To make the most of these holidays we’ve extended our trading hours, with many of our properties now opening for the entire school holiday period.

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Education

Education partnershipWednesday 29 May 2019

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Education

New schools program at Museum of SydneyFriday 10 May 2019

The new excursion for Stage 3 students explores links between Indigenous and European histories, cultures and perspectives in the expanding Sydney colony of the 1800s.

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School holidays

Autumn School Holidays 2019: opening hoursFriday 22 March 2019

Unidentified family, 1950, Martin Place, Sydney,  Ikon Studio. Caroline Simpson Library & Research Collection, Sydney Living Museums.

International Women's Day

Women's stories, women's livesThursday 7 March 2019

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