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Museum of Sydney, Sydney
(2.8/5 based on 260+ reviews on the web)
Explore archaeological remains at Museum of Sydney, located at the site of the colony's first Government House, built in 1788. Learn about Aboriginal Australians and how they lived, from the landing of the First Fleet and the ensuing clashes between the two cultures, to the growing of a British colony. Find out more about those who shaped Sydney in those early days, and who designed and built some of the city's most iconic structures, such as the Harbour Bridge and the Opera House. Plan your visit to Museum of Sydney and a wealth of other attractions, well-known and undiscovered, using our Sydney vacation route planner.
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  • Take your time to read what is around you in this excellent small museum. It is informative and interesting without a feeling of overkill. We were welcomed by a really helpful guy on reception and his...  more »
  • Learn the history of the early settlers of Sydney. Where to begin with this place once had of first Government House. Understand the meaning of the white lines painted on the pavement after you try this well since there are models of the Governors, and went outside.
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  • Museum of Sydney is built on the ruins of the building, which housed the residence of the first Governor of the colony of new South Wales Arthur Phillip. The building was erected in the year 1788. Here we have seen the entire history of the colonial past. take a guide to listen to and about Aboriginal history Sydney-people of the tribe "gadigal" lived on the lands around Sydney Harbour for thousands of years before the first Europeans here. Aboriginal sculpture, artifacts, original paintings collected in the Museum.
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  • Ever wonder why Manly is called Manly? Or how US independence was responsible for Australia's founding as a penal colony? Gotta head to this small but mighty museum. A real hidden gem of Sydney,, don't stop to think: GO!! Insider Tip: take one of the FREE TOURS. They run every half-hour, last about 30 minutes, and are small groups (ours had 7 people). Seriously - don't even think about going to this museum and not taking the tour. The tour guides will give you TONS more color about the history of Sydney than you'll find on your own at the museum. Fantastic!
  • The spider exhibits were great. however the scanners didn't work and the Spider Miking Lab was running very late. Young children cannot wait an extra 10 mins. We went up to the 4th floor for lunch. An expensive mistake. The mushroom soup was hot milk with grains of mushrooms. My 5 year old could not eat his dry and tasteless mac and cheese. My tea pot held about a thimble full. Over $35! I bought him some chips and a drink for the rest of his lunch. NOT acceptable. You really need to get this restaurant/coffee shop whatever it is in serious shape. Dreadfully disappointing, expensive and we were hungry.
  • It's a very small museum that doesn't have too much to offer. The permanent exhibit is about the history of Sydney and isn't too interesting. I went when there was a lego and artist exhibit which were both a bit interesting but again small and not the best laid out. It's better to just go to one of the other museums in Sydney.
  • Great for an overview of Sydney's past. The section on Aboriginal history was fascinating. As was the panel highlighting the Melbourne-Sydney rivalry.
  • Great way to get an insight into the people who made Sydney the city it is today. Good background for visitors - not too much detail to overwhelm those short on time. Allow 1 hour