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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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Exhibition: Sand in the City


White magnolia flower illustration

Media release

Two exquisite botanic art exhibitions coming soonWednesday 22 June 2016

Two children in old-fashioned kitchen using implements in front of window.

Children & Family

Autumn school holiday funFriday 18 March 2016

This is a pencil drawing of a ship moored near a headland

New online

The splendid clipper 'Sobraon'Monday 8 February 2016

The rusting hulk of the HMAS Tingira features in several 1930s drawings of Berrys Bay by celebrated artist Lloyd Rees. Presented by Rees as a solitary, romantic figure in the serene harbour landscape, the former luxury clipper has particular resonance not only with Rees, but with one of our properties and a prominent colonial family.

Ryan McNaught and 'Jack' pose for a photo in front of a lego ship. Ryan is grinning and pointing at Jack.


Australia Day at MOS a big successFriday 29 January 2016

On Australia Day an army of willing helpers teamed up with ‪LEGO® certified professional, Ryan McNaught, to build a model cruise ship.

Loved the exhibition? Buy the book!

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
Public Sydney/The Mint Project
Limited offer book bundle

Stories from the Museum of Sydney