1995 Lloyd Rees Award for Civic Design (for First Government House) – AIA (NSW)
Built on the site of Australia’s first Government House, the Museum of Sydney is deeply rooted in the city’s history. It was designed by architect Richard Johnson (then of Denton Corker Marshall) to respond to and protect the nationally significant remains of the first Government House that lie beneath the public forecourt.
A viewing window on the forecourt reveals a section of the 1788 footings of Governor Phillip’s house, and evidence of the outbuildings can be seen beneath the glass floor panels of the main foyer.
The museum’s permanent displays and temporary exhibitions take visitors on a journey exploring the people, places and culture of Sydney. The permanent gallery Gadigal Place honours the diverse and complex history, culture and survival of the Gadigal clan on whose land this museum stands.
Our current temporary exhibition Bohemian Harbour: Artists of Lavender Bay looks at how the spectacular views from Sydney’s Lavender Bay inspired generations of artists. In the 1970s and early 80s the waterfront enclave became a bayside bohemia and home to some of Sydney’s most recognisable and celebrated artists, including Brett Whiteley, Peter Kingston and Tim Storrier.
The entire museum, including our temporary exhibition and First Government House Place and Espresso cart No.37 Phillip (8.30am-4pm) for coffee and light snacks.
Ticket pickup location
The Museum of Sydney is open daily 10am–5pm. Wristbands that have been pre-purchased online can be picked up from the museum admissions desk every day up to and including the weekend of Sydney Open.
On Saturday 3 November and Sunday 4 November Sydney Open Tickets can also be purchased from the admissions desk at the Museum of Sydney. Tickets can be purchased with credit card (Mastercard & Visa) and cash.
Museum opening hours on Saturday: 10am–5pm
Museum opening hours on Sunday: 9am–5pm
Food & drink available
Please note: the Museum of Sydney is open to the public from 10am to 5pm every day (except Good Friday and Christmas Day). All backpacks, large handbags, tote bags & umbrellas need to be cloaked when visiting the museum
Museum of Sydney’s involvement in Sydney Open has been made possible by Sydney Living Museums.