Visit Susannah Place
By public transport
We are a short walk, about 7 minutes, from Circular Quay, where buses, trains and ferries all stop.
From Circular Quay, head west to George Street and turn right into The Rocks. Continue along George Street, then turn left onto Argyle Street and then left again into Cambridge Street. Continue until you reach the back of the museum (a row of terrace houses) and walk up the Cumberland Place steps to our entrance in the recreated shop.
For up-to-date timetables or to find the quickest public transport routes visit the Transport Infoline or call 131500
We don’t have parking at Susannah Place Museum, and street parking in the area is very limited. There are a number of parking stations nearby. Visitors are advised to check parking rates.
The Quay West Car Park offers a discounted all day parking rate of $30 to our visitors when pre-booking parking with Book A Bay. The discount is available Monday – Friday, exit before 5pm. To receive the discounted rate, visit Book A Bay, select your car park and enter the promo code SLM. The parking station is a 5 minute walk to Susannah Place Museum and 10 minute walk to Museum of Sydney.
Buses and cars can stop on Gloucester and Harrington streets to drop-off and pick-up passengers.
We don’t have secure bike parking at Susannah Place Museum.
Please note: The Sydney Museums Pass is available to purchase however not all of our houses and museums have reopened due to COVID-19 restrictions. Customers with existing passes purchased before property closures due to COVID-19 remain valid and will be honoured as our museums and houses being to reopen. Please check the latest news for details on which museums and historic houses are now open.
You can only visit the museum in a guided tour. Our tours last for about an hour and run every day at 2pm, 3pm and 4pm. We can take a maximum of 8 people per tour. The last entry to the museum is via the 4pm tour.
Get your tickets from the museum’s corner shop or pre-book online.
Gold Key Tours
An exclusive personalised tour of Susannah Place Museum, with an opportunity to visit the Parbury Ruins archaeological site, not usually open to the general public. Available seven days a week. Bookings essential.
The museum is a group of old terrace houses with narrow spaces and steep, narrow stairs. Visitors who join us on a guided tour will walk up and down about 79 stairs during a typical one hour tour. The museum is not accessible for people with wheelchairs. For visitors who are able to walk around the ground floor but cannot manage the stairs to the other floors, iPads with images of these areas are provided.
Hearing and vision
The video introduction to the museum is captioned.
We are always happy to try and accommodate individual visitors with specific needs into our regular guided tours, but we are best able to do that if you call ahead to let us know about any particular requirements you have. For groups with specific needs, we can develop customised tours to support those needs. Please call ahead to arrange on +61 2 8239 2211.
Children and families
Step into another time to see and hear how children and their families lived in Sydney’s oldest neighbourhood. What was life like with outside toilets and bathrooms, tiny backyards and no TV? Where did they sleep, play and go to school? During the school holidays, we offer a range of holiday programs. See our Things to do at Susannah Place Museum page for details.
Make sure you visit our recreated 1920s corner shop for some lollies, gifts, household items and service with a smile.
Things to remember
- There are narrow, steep flights of stairs throughout the museum, and no air-conditioning.
- Parts of the tour take place outside so, depending on the weather, bring a sun hat or raincoat.
- Photography is not allowed in the museum.
- All large backpacks must be cloaked.
- There is only one outside toilet at the museum but there are modern toilets, including accessible toilets, nearby at The Rocks Visitor Centre in Argyle Street.
- Last entry to the museum is at 4pm and is by guided tour only.
Lead at Susannah Place
In Australia paint containing lead was commonly used in most buildings up until the early 1970s. These painting products are sometimes colloquially known as ‘lead paint’. The original paintwork has been retained at Susannah Place as the many layers tell the story of the use, decoration and age of the four houses and contributes to their heritage significance and authenticity. SLM has an ongoing conservation and housekeeping program to assess and manage deteriorating painted surfaces. Public access to the houses is by guided tours only. The tours are designed to ensure visitor safety.
Customer Service Charter
Sydney Living Museums cares for 12 of the most important historic houses and museums in NSW on behalf of the people of NSW. Our vision is to create a living future for the past. Our mission is to cherish, protect and share our places and stories.
Please read our Customer Service Charter to learn more about our commitment to providing you with the best possible experience when you visit one of our museums and historic houses.