Museum of Sydney fountain and Edge of the Trees installation.

Museum of Sydney fountain and Edge of the Trees installation. Photo (c) Douglas Riley for Sydney Living Museums

Museum of Sydney

Sunday 3 November 2019

cnr Phillip and Bridge streets, Sydney

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Richard Johnson, Denton Corker Marshall


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.

On Sunday 3 November

What’s open?

The entire museum, including our temporary exhibition.

Talks, tours & more

It falls to us to rewrite the future … Wingara’ba’miya (you will understand or foretell) is an exhibition of student work from a UTS Masters of Architecture Design Studio. Led by First Nations practitioners Shannon Foster and Jo Kinniburgh, students confront the unfeasible patriarchal, colonial, heteronormative, able bodied ‘business-as-usual’ practice of architecture. Instead, we foretell alternate spatial futures, in which architects challenge practices of erasure and marginalisation.

The exhibition will be on display at the Museum of Sydney across the Sydney Open weekend, Saturday 2 & Sunday 3 November.

to know

  • Photography allowed

  • Toilets available

  • Food & drink available

  • Pram friendly

  • Accessible

  • Additional information
    Enjoy delicious Single Origin coffee and an all-day menu of baguettes, salads, savoury and sweet treats at No. 37 Phillip on the Museum of Sydney forecourt,. SLM members receive a 10% discount. 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.

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cnr Phillip and Bridge streets, Sydney

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Bridge Street


Museum of Sydney’s involvement in Sydney Open has been made possible by Sydney Living Museums.