Alexander Dawson, Colonial Architect (1858, Water Police Station)
James Barnet, Colonial Architect (1886, Police Court)
The Water Police station and courts once made up one of the city’s busiest legal hubs. Crooks and cops, thugs and judges, locals and drifters, the guilty and the innocent have all left their stories here. With its 1890s holding cells, offices, charge room and courts, the museum draws you into a world of crime, punishment and policing, from bushrangers, sly grog and razor gangs to forensics. A vast archive of crime scene photography and mugshots reveals more than a century of underworld Sydney.
Enjoy the rare treat of experiencing the exhibitions and atmospheric history-filled courtrooms at night-time!
Join curator Nerida Campbell and hear some of the darker stories to emerge from this fascinating site. Be one of the first to see Facing the darkness, a short film about the grim work of 20th-century police crime-scene photographers. Explore the displays of forensic photography, weaponry and policing history within the historic court and police buildings.
This tour has a capacity of 100 people per session.
This tour is restricted to guests 16 years or older.
Multi-level building with stairs; only the two courts are wheelchair accessible and pram friendly.
The Justice & Police Museum’s involvement in Sydney Open has been made possible by Sydney Living Museums.