Museums in Sydney

The Australian Museum has extensive natural science and cultural collections, including Aboriginal artefacts. The museum is open every day, except Christmas Day. The Sydney Jewish Museum is a short walk from Kings Cross train station.

Visit the Sydney Cricket Ground Museum and see sporting legend Don Bradman’s 1946 bat and his Baggy Green cap. Convict history comes to life at the Hyde Park Barracks Museum on Macquarie Street, a stroll from the Art Gallery of NSW.

Dinosaurs, Australian Museum
Museum of Sydney, Vivid Sydney 2015

Explore Sydney’s fascinating museums

A passion for the past? Then head for Sydney’s museums, which are among the city’s most popular attractions, showcasing everything from dinosaur skeletons to cultural artefacts.

The Australian Museum, which was established in 1827, is the nation’s oldest and has more than 10 million items in its collection. The museum, near Hyde Park and the city’s main shopping area, has 10 complete dinosaur skeletons and interactive displays to delight youngsters.

Nearby is the Hyde Park Barracks Museum, one of Australia’s 11 World Heritage-listed convict sites. Also on Macquarie Street is the State Library of NSW, which has beautiful maps documenting early European exploration.

Near Circular Quay is the Museum of Sydney, which is built on the site of the first Government House. You’ll see remains of governor Arthur Phillip’s official residence in the forecourt and foyer. The family friendly Rocks Discovery Museum tells the story of The Rocks from pre-European days to the present.

The Powerhouse Museum, near Darling Harbour, focuses on applied arts and sciences, with plenty of interactive experiences. Always popular is the Australian National Maritime Museum, also at Darling Harbour, where you can explore a tall ship or submarine and browse galleries of maritime memorabilia.

Top destinations for sports fans are the Sydney Cricket Ground Museum and the Heroes and Legends Rugby League Museum, both in Moore Park. The SCG Museum is part of a guided tour that includes the Members Pavilion and a walk on the legendary oval.