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10am–5pm
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  • Free wifi
  • Wheelchair Accessible

Entry

Adult  | $12 
Concession  | $8 
Family  | $30 
Members  | Free of charge
Children under 5 years  | Free of charge

Address

Cnr Phillip and Bridge Streets, Sydney, NSW 2000

Phone

Museum: 02 9251 5988
The Governors Kitchen: 02 9241 1788
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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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Painting showing a small boat rowing into the shore from the point of view of the shore. The painting is predominately blue and white with touches of red. It is signed "SYRON" in the lower right corner and dated "1999." in the lower left corner.

Education

The art of teachingWednesday 13 September 2017

The Education team use many strategies to engage students with the sites and collection we have at Sydney Living Museums. One of them is using artworks.

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Education

History lessons from the museumWednesday 6 September 2017

Sydney Living Museums has launched an inspiring new professional development program for primary school teachers.

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Media release

WW1 stories from our museums published onlineFriday 9 June 2017

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