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Customs House, Sydney

(4.3/5 based on 140 reviews on the web)
Explore Sydney’s history at Customs House, one of the city’s most recognizable landmarks. This historic building was constructed in 1845 and served as the headquarters of the Customs Service for over 150 years. Today, the building is a popular venue for art exhibitions and private functions, and is home to the city’s main library. On the ground floor visitors can see a scale model of the city’s central business district, viewed through a glass floor. You can also eat, drink, meet up with friends, read newspapers, and browse the internet at this vibrant public space featuring a magazine salon and several trendy bars and restaurants. The Circular Quay, where the building is located, is a convenient place to start or end your tour of the city. Put Customs House into our Sydney holiday planner to see other points of interest to visit during your vacation in Sydney.
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  • The Customs House building opposite Circular Quay is always interesting to visit. The whole space lends itself to exhibitions, but the current installation by American artist, Megan Geckler, is a stan...  more »
  • This place has a cool model of Sydney city center in the floor which allows you to get an idea of how the city is set up. When we were there it also had interesting art hanging from the roof.  more »
  • Customs house is a very nice building placed in Circular Quay. In the opposite side of the square there's a nice sight of the bay, Opera and harbour bridge. Outside, there's a bar plenty of people dri...  more »
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  • Sensational show for the Sydney Vivid lights, music and ideas festival. One of the best there is in the whole festival. Inside customs house the architectural display of Sydney under the floor as you walk in the foyer is terrific. There are services for all customs needs. There is displays of many types to see. There is dining and coffee shops. All good, a must see at Circular Quay. Enjoy!
  • Sydney water used to come up this house. Used to collect taxes. Now a great place to see and learn a bit about the history of the city.
  • Has awesome model of the city under a glass floor. Also has fast free WiFi. So it's a good place to kill 10 minutes when mates are running late around Circular Quay.
  • During Vivid Festival, this is consistently one of the best installations and always worth a look. Outside of Vivid Festival it is still a must see place, with the modern of the city installed under a glass door in the main foyer.
  • Love coming here to see the small art exhibits, laying down on the comfortable couchs, or showing friends the large miniature model of Sydney CBD under the floor. You stand on glass to look at it. Pretty great way to explain the city layout and point stuff out.