7 of Sydney’s Best Museums
Sydney has some incredible museums with exhibitions that will do more than just keep the kids entertained. Here we’ve created a list of the 7 best museums in Sydney and what they have to offer:
The Australian Museum
Located on 6 College St, The Australian Museum is home to some of the countries most important animal, fossil and anthropological collections. Exhibitions offer an insight not only into our own heritage but also into life on the Pacific Islands, Asia, the
Australian National Maritime Museum
Visit the Australian Maritime Museum at 2 Murray St to take in some incredible treasures, with collections covering a number of themes including exploration, trade and defence. The vessels on display include the HMAS Vampire, the HMAS Onslow and when they’re in port the James Craig and the replica of Captain Cook’s HMB Endeavour. Prices range from $3.50 to $7 for entry.
In 1988 the former power station was opened as a museum and is the largest in Australia. It has over 385,000 objects in a number of collections and there are 22 permanent and 5 temporary display areas. What’s great about the Powerhouse Museum is its interactive exhibits. There’s also a great showcase running at the moment of the major design projects by 2013 Higher School Certificate students called designTECH. Something definitely worth seeing. Visit the Powerhouse Museum at 500 Harris Street, Ultimo. Tickets range up to $12 in price.
Museum of Sydney
Built on the site of the first Government House, the museum hosts a range of exhibitions looking at Sydney’s people, culture and places spanning from dreamtime until now. Located on the corner of Phillip and Bridge Streets, it’s well worth a visit. The entry fee will set you back between $5-$10.
Hyde Park Barracks
The barracks were in fact designed by convict architect Francis Greenway and were purpose built to house 600 convicts who were employed by the government. After being then used as an immigration depot and as an asylum for women, it was then transformed into a museum. Here you’ll be able to see first hand what the convict barracks would have been like to live in. There is also a computer database which you can access to look at the official records of convicts and find out about rehabilitation to flogging. The barracks are located at Queens Square on Macquarie St and entry will cost you between $5-$10.
Justice & Police Museum
Located at 4-8 Phillip St, the Justice & Police Museum has been used as everything from a Water Police Court to a Water Police Station. Here you’ll be able to check out the death masks of some of Australia’s most well-known criminals as well as view mugshots and a number of different weapons and newspaper reports. The entry fee ranges between $5-$10.
Located at The University of Sydney, this museum offers plenty of hidden treasures with free entry. It was created in 1860 by Sir Charles Nicholson and in 1856 Nicholson travelled to Egypt and Europe to purchase artefacts for the museum. Today this museum remains as one of the only places in Sydney that you can see a real mummy, tomb carvings and explore remains of an ancient civilisation.