Museum
of Sydney

For 57 years first Government House was the centre of the social, ceremonial and political life of the colony of NSW. The Museum of Sydney now protects the fragile remains of this deeply significant site, telling ongoing stories of Sydney and its people.

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Sydney Living Museums is closing from Tuesday 24 March until further notice.

We are taking these steps as a public health precaution in support of measures to contain COVID-19.

Entry

Adult  | $15 
Concession  | $12 
Family*  | $38 
Members  | Free of charge
Children under 3 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
In line with decisions made by the National Cabinet as communicated by the NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian, Sydney Living Museums will today close to the public until further notice to help protect the health of all visitors and staff and minimise the spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus) in the State.
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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Tour leader talking about exhibit to group in foreground.

Songs of Home

Donors enjoy ‘Songs of Home’ curator-led tourWednesday 25 September 2019

Group of people around table with glass wall to rear.

Learning

Raising the prominence of Aboriginal perspectivesThursday 12 September 2019

With federal funding assistance, the Learning Team have seen a number of successes in in their efforts to raise the prominence of Aboriginal perspectives related to the site of first Government House.

Group of people with table full of string making materials for Aboriginal education program.

Learning

Thousands of students learn to warurabanga (make string)Wednesday 14 August 2019

On Thursday 8 August, almost 3,000 teachers and students across NSW took part in a live virtual excursion, direct from Museum of Sydney, the site of first Government House - a unique place from which to explore Australian history from multiple perspectives.

Child in exhibition space interacting with model cars and trucks.

Learning

Education partnershipWednesday 29 May 2019

Sandstone carved with words in Aboriginal languages.

Learning

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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