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Justice & Police Museum, Sydney
(4.1/5 based on 160+ reviews on the web)
Examine the social history of law and crime at Justice & Police Museum. The building served as a police station and court in 19th century. Today it stands as both a relic of colonial architecture and a trove of criminal justice history. Start by exploring the magistrate’s court, a recreated charge room, and remand cells. Head into the Charge Room and stand before the Duty Sergeant's Desk, where suspected criminals went through fingerprinting. See a collection of criminal weapons and a gallery of mugshots, and review evidence from infamous murder cases. The museum contains over 9,000 objects in all and houses a vast archive of photo negatives documenting police work. Plan to visit Justice & Police Museum during your Sydney vacation using our convenient Sydney itinerary maker.
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  • Located at Circular Quay, this museum only 30 years ago was still active police station. The museum is best explored with a free guided tour, as you learn even more than can be gleaned from reading an...  more »
  • Some interesting exhibitions charting the criminal history of the city, including photographs of crime scenes. 
  • Interesting to see the police station & magistrates court. The guide was full of knowledge about the place, & photo's were allowed. Close by to Circular Quay 
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  • Very, very interesting place where you can take a look back into Sydney's policing history. Highly recommended. Only gets 4 stars and not 5 because the staff were a bit rude initially and treated us like we were looking to steal something.
  • As Sydney siders we celebrate royalty, success and above all else - crime. This is a peculiarity of having a heritage founded by thieves and murderers. So a museum displaying such activity - along with the actions of those hapless men and women sent to control such activity aka The Police, Prison Guards and such - is a good thing. Unnoticed on the high side of a street named Albert, downhill from Macquarie Street you won't know if you don't know. Go in, check it out - learn about the latter chapters of our convict past - gangsters, rascals, roustabouts - even the women doing the dirty on the clueless punters around them. See inside a court where justice was once done. Plenty of sandstone bricks and the warm wooden veneer of a police station dock - familiar site of the policing of a recent time. No WiFi. Costs to get in. Buy the fridge magnet of bad men done up in suits - and wonder, years later - why you insist on being part of the celebration of notoriety and impropriety we all love to see.
  • This is a great hidden gem of a museum. Something that I'd highly recommend for locals to go visit. An amazing photographic history of Sydney as a city and Sydney crime in the early 1900's. Beautifully preserved historic ex-Police station and highly accessible at Circular Quay.
  • Interesting criminal history
  • Awesome museum! Go for the sydney museum pass to enjoy this with 3 other museums.