Sydney has several fantastic, world-class museums renowned for their important collections and extraordinary exhibits.
The big three must-see Sydney museums are The Powerhouse, Museum of Sydney and the Australian Museum.
There are also other, smaller museums that are absolutely fascinating. Don’t miss Australian Maritime Museum – which has historic vessels you can go onboard and explore – and the historic Susannah Place Museum.
Sydney Museum Overview
Sydney’s Australian Museum
Housed in a beautiful heritage building across from Hyde Park in Sydney’s CBD, the magnificent Australian Museum is dedicated to nature, culture and discovery.
Two of the many, impressive highlights are the 10 complete dinosaur skeletons and the collection of Aboriginal artifacts.
This Sydney museum has programs for children and there’s plenty stuff that’ll make their little eyes pop out on stalks. There are also excellent tours especially for tourists.
Museum of Sydney
Built on the Heritage-listed site of Australia’s first Government House, this modern Sydney museum is all about Sydney – its places, cultures and people, from Aboriginal dreamtime to the present day.
There are outstanding permanent exhibits and a dynamic program of events and special exhibitions.
Located in the CBD, Museum of Sydney has a licensed café and a very good bookshop that also sells quality souvenirs.
Located in Ultimo, not far from the CBD, this massive and funky interactive museum focuses on science, design, pop culture and technology.
It’s renowned for its blockbuster exhibitions and imaginative events, as well as its huge collection of objects – including the first computers, rare steam locomotives, airplanes, motorbikes, early cars, and Sydney’s last Hansom cab.
Sydney Museums – Special Interest
Australian Maritime Museum
Located in Cockle Bay near Darling Harbour, this harbourside Sydney museum is, naturally, all about the sea.
The star attractions are its historic lighthouse and fabulous collection of vessels. You can explore submarine HMAS Onslow and destroyer HMAS Vampire from top to bottom. You can also go onboard the replica of Captain Cook’s HMB Endeavour and a 1874 tall ship when they’re in port.
Nicholson Museum at University of Sydney
This amazing Sydney museum houses the largest collection of antiquities in the southern hemisphere.
You can see a real mummy and precious tomb carvings, as well as learn about ancient civilisations and modern day archaeologists and curators.
Susannah Place Museum in the Rocks
This fascinating museum in Gloucester Street comprises four terrace houses, built in 1844, and reveals what life was like back in Sydney’s wild colonial days. It’s open daily but entry is by guided tour only.
Also check out: Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney Jewish Museum, and Hyde Park Barracks.
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