1995 AIA (NSW) - Lloyd Rees Award for Civic Design (for First Government House)
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 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 galleries Gadigal Place and Yura Nura honour the diverse and complex history, culture and survival of the Gadigal clan on whose land this museum stands.
Our current temporary exhibition Songs of Home tells the little-known story of music played and enjoyed in NSW during the first 70 years of the colony. This vibrant musical world is explored through recordings of early music, rare instruments, printed scores, and remarkable stories of people creating home through song. Step into grand houses, humble cottages, vast landscapes, pubs and churches, and discover the soundtrack of early Sydney. Surprising, moving, entertaining – the fascinating world of music in early NSW is revealed here for the first time as a place of melodious complexity.
The entire museum, including our temporary exhibition.
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.