Justice & Police Museum

Character-filled spaces rich in Sydney’s criminal history

Overlooking Circular Quay in Sydney’s CBD, the Justice & Police Museum has a rich and colourful past and provides a fascinating setting to host a range of events and experiences. Full of character, the beautiful wood-panelled rooms provide a unique backdrop for your event.

Event spaces








Water Police Court 100 64 30 30 160 100
Summons Courtroom 40 30 80 40
Police Court 16
Entire Museum 250

Photo © James Horan for Sydney Living Museums

Water Police Court

Complete with data projection and large screen, the Water Police Court can accommodate 20-120 people for conferences, webcasting, product launches, cocktails and dinners.

This heritage courtroom features a magistrate’s bench and canopy, high ceilings, beautiful wood panelling and excellent acoustics. Innovative built-in lighting options for day and evening make this a versatile venue for all types of events. The adjoining Summons Courtroom and covered sandstone verandah overlooking Circular Quay provide indoor/outdoor areas for refreshment breaks, cocktail parties and pre-dinner drinks.


Photo © James Horan for Sydney Living Museums

Summons Courtroom and Sandstone Verandah

This room houses the fascinating Notorious Criminals permanent exhibition, and features natural light, high ceilings and direct access to the spacious original sandstone verandah overlooking Circular Quay.

The Summons Courtroom is ideal for pre-function and breakout events, cocktail parties, and small lunches and dinners, which can be set with banquet rounds or one long table.

Photo ©  Stuart Miller for Sydney Living Museums

Police Court, Charge Room and Cells

Bring the venue’s past to life for your guests with a mock trial in the Police Court, which retains the original magistrate’s bench, reporter/jury box, witness stand and prisoner’s dock. It is also an unusual venue for small dinners and presentations.

To build atmosphere, have your guests enter via the adjoining charge room and welcome them at the original charge desk. From there, walk the corridor of cells and see the chilling collection of criminal weapons, building anticipation and suspense for their eventual arrival at the Police Court for the main event. Integrating performers to play the parts of some of the colourful characters connected with the site enhances this experience even more.

Eat & Drink

We offer an exciting range of premium menus created by our hospitality partners. Whether you are organising a conference, cocktail reception or gala dinner, we will provide premium catering experiences and lasting memories.

Please note that the service of red wine is limited due to the conservation requirements of the original sandstone. Minimum spend applies.


The Water Police Court features the following integrated audiovisual facilities, ensuring clients have access to seamless technology:

  • in-house AV technician
  • data projector
  • 3 x 2.4m (10’ x 8’) screen
  • lectern and microphone
  • electronic whiteboard, flipchart and markers

Our in-house Audiovisual Services team can provide any additional audiovisual equipment you require; set-up and technical support by a dedicated audiovisual operator are included with equipment hire.



Venue Services

Venue Services team

A dedicated member of our friendly Venue Services team at the Justice and Police Museum will work closely with you to create a successful and memorable event for your guests.

Event suppliers

We would be happy to assist you with any additional services for your event – please contact our Venue Services Coordinator for recommended suppliers.

Complimentary WiFi

WiFi is provided for delegates and guests attending events at The Justice and Police Museum.

Photo © James Horan for Sydney Living Museums

Make the most of this unique venue

The Justice and Police Museum houses the Water Police Station, Water Police Court and Police Court that 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.

Give your guests a fascinating behind-the-scenes perspective with a specialised curator-led tour – don’t miss the museum’s extraordinary collection of police forensic photography, dating from 1912 to 1948, in the City of Shadows exhibition.

View the private collection

We can also arrange special viewings of the museum’s private collection. This collection contains forensic evidence from some of the state’s most infamous crimes including the Pyjama Girl murder, and weapons and other items alleged to have belonged to bushrangers such as Ben Hall, Thunderbolt, the Kelly gang, the Clarke gang and Frank Gardiner. A plaster death mask of Andrew George Scott, alias Captain Moonlite, made shortly after his execution, has particular resonance as he is known to have spent time in the Water Police Station. Please speak to our Venue Services team for more details.

Location & Parking

The Justice and Police Museum is located on the corner of Albert and Phillip streets, Circular Quay, Sydney. There is no public parking available, however, the Sydney Opera House Car Park offers an early-bird rate and is a short walk from the museum.

For public transport options please go to the Visit the Justice & Police Museum page.

Location of Justice & Police Museum on map

Contact us

Get in touch

Venue Sales Coordinator
Sydney Living Museums Venues
The Mint, 10 Macquarie Street
Sydney, NSW 2000

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Enquiry form

Please complete our Enquiry Form and our friendly team will be in touch shortly.

Please note, inquiries will be responded to within 24 hours between business hours Monday-Friday.