Customs House, Sydney

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#16 of 32 in Museums in Sydney
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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  • August 8, 2017
    Stopped there for lunch with family and walked out hungry. Never seen such small serves. I though we were up for a practical joke when they put the plates on our table. Had to check for candid cameras...  more »
  • August 7, 2017
    The Customs House is a very beautiful, historical building, in Sydney. This is located conveniently outside the Circular Quay Railway Station. The building houses a library and a cafe. A quaint model ...  more »
  • August 4, 2017
    this beautiful and historical building has been well maintained and has a bar on the ground floors at the front and has the Sydney City council library on the other floors. The only downside was that ...  more »
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  • Great place to visit specially you are reader. However, you can watch the model of Sydney city at the ground floor of this historic building. Restaurant, cafe and bar there , really warming place. You can refresh yourself here by having a rest and relax.
  • 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 model of the city installed under a glass floor in the main foyer.
  • A beautiful victorian era building with Harbour Bridge and Ocean view, beautiful library and a very detailed miniaturized model of entire Sydney, beautiful and peaceful living areas to enjoy your coffee and read your paper or just relax. Very close to Circular Quay Train Station and Ferry services and the beautiful Opera House. A MUST PLACE TO VISIT.
  • Inside is a stunning library, with a breathing floor, a glass floor with the whole harbour in a miniature format. The library spirals up and up the building a cosy place to read, During Vivid Sydney the facade of the custom house, it reflected with different looks, from a. Haunted mansion to a Indian palace. Sometimes installation art is in the front courtyard some interactive and others breathtaking. The customs house is one of those places you wouldn't know as a tourist attraction but it should be all the same.
  • Historical building, level 5 is Cafe Sydney, magnificent harbour view. Underneath is library. Major scenic spot of the famous Vivid Sydney.

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