Open today

10am–5pm
  • Free wifi
  • Wheelchair Accessible

Entry

Adult  | $15 
Concession  | $8 
Family  | $30 
Members  | Free of charge
Children under 5 years  | Free of charge

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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Media release

Media release: Street photographyThursday 15 November 2018

Museum of Sydney

Win a trip to Sydney with Lonely Planet KidsMonday 12 November 2018

Exhibition cases being worked on.

Exhibition

How exhibitions workTuesday 16 October 2018

Our 3D Design intern, Isabelle Edwards shares insights into the development of How Cities Work, a children’s exhibition opening at Museum of Sydney this December.

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School holidays

Spring School Holidays 2018: opening hoursMonday 17 September 2018

Bohemian Harbour exhibition

SMH feature: Lavender daysMonday 27 August 2018

In 1969, Brett and Wendy Whiteley found cheap rent in an industrial harbouside suburb and became the core of a tight artistic community.

Loved the exhibition? Buy the book!

Underworld: Mugshots from the Roaring Twenties
$90
Florilegium/Lost Gardens of Sydney
Limited offer book bundle
An Edwardian Summer
Sydney & beyond through the lens of Arthur Wigram Allen
Shooting through: Sydney by tram
Only $10

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