The Museum of Sydney was built on the ruins of the building, which had housed the residence of the first Governor of the colony of New South Wales, Arthur Phillip. It is located on the corner of Phillip street and Bridge street. The building was erected in 1788, and its ruins were discovered by archeologists in 1983. The Museum of Sydney was built as a part of a larger complex of buildings, which also includes the Tower of Governor Phillip, the Tower of Governor Macquarie and the square of the First Government Buildings. Today you can explore the history of the colonial past of Australia's biggest city and its present with the help of various exhibits, paintings and digital technologies of the Museum. Panoramic views of Sydney from 1788 to the present day line the walls of the building.
The era of the colonization of the city by exiled convicts is represented in an extensive exhibition of various items and personal property discovered by archaeologists. Here you can learn about the aboriginal history of Sydney. People from the tribe Gadigal lived on the lands around Sydney Harbour for thousands of years before the arrival of the first Europeans. Aboriginal sculptures, unusual names, artifacts, primitive paintings – all this dips Museum visitors into the mysterious past of this land. Wandering around the yard of the Museum, you should definitely watch your step to see the granite indicators, which mark the archaeological site. Before becoming a Museum, this place fulfilled many functions – it housed the first Government Building, a yard for draymen, a parking lot. During the 1980-ies, archaeologists found the drainage systems and the foundation of the first Government Building there, as well as thousands of fragments dating back to 1788. You can see many artifacts today in one of the exhibitions. The final chord of the visit to the Museum of Sydney could be the up to the observation deck of one of the skyscrapers surrounding the Museum, which offers breathtaking views of Sydney Harbour.
Daily: 10:00 - 17:00
Phillip St & Bridge Street, Sydney NSW 2000, Australia
Phone: (+61) 2 9251 5988
33° 51′ 49.54″ S, 151° 12′ 40.61″ E
Regular price: $12
Reduced price: $8
Children price: Free under 5 years
Family price: $30