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Justice & Police Museum, Sydney

(4.1/5 based on 180+ 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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  • We visited "Sydney's Home of Crime" , the Justice and Police Museum on a recent visit to Sydney. You can spend a couple of hours here easily looking through the displays about the dark side of Sydney'...  more »
  • The justice and police museum is located near circular quay and is housed in the old court house building. Tickets cost $12 for adults and $8 for children. The museum is separated in two parts by the ...  more »
  • This is an interesting museum very close to the rocks but usually only open at weekends (except in January). It's an imposing building and it's got some fine exhibits, especially the photographs of cr...  more »
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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.