Museum Guide for Sydney

Sydney is a city filled with delightful museums. In fact, there are so many museums, it can be hard to even know where to begin! So here are a few ideas to get your day of exploring Sydney off to a great start.

First, you might want to concentrate your museum exploration into one area of the city. Rather than wasting time and money on transportation from museums on one side of the city to the other, choose one area within Sydney and explore those museums. A good suggestion is to focus on the museums in and around The Rocks district of downtown Sydney.


There are several excellent museums in this area. A great place to start your day would be The Rocks Discovery Museum. This museum engages visitors in the history of the area, covering four distinct eras. Exhibits are housed in a mid 19th century warehouse and are fully interactive. The best part of this museum: it is completely free of charge!  

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Next, check out Sydney’s Museum of Contemporary Art. Located near Circular Quay, this museum will excite art lovers will its expansive collection of contemporary art from both Australia and around the world. It hosts a particularly strong collection of works by Aboriginal artists. Once again, this museum is free of charge, however some special exhibits will require a special ticket.


If you are interested in studying the social conditions of urban city, Susannah Place Museum is your best bet. This museum is housed within a working class housing block with the intention of documenting the living conditions and lifestyles of this sector of the population. Within the housing block are several individual home units, which have each been restored to represent the historical conditions going back up to 150 years. Admission is around $12 for adults and tours are available.  

Fragments of china and old pipes – evidence of early Sydney life from The Rocks

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For History Buffs looking to dig a little further back in time, why not explore The Big Dig Archaeological Site and Education Centre. Visitors can explore the actual dig site where remains of earlier Sydney area civilisations have been found. There is no charge to explore this dig site!




Finally, after a day in the museums, what better way to cap it off than on the water? From right there in Circular Quay in The Rocks, you can board a Sensational Sydney Cruise and see the best of the city from Sydney Harbour. Guests can even select the Sensational Sydney City Land & Sea package to combine exploring both the sites on land and at sea. Or you can select a private charter to get a more customised sea experience. Either way, after marching through museums, you can happily end the day by kicking back and enjoying the relaxing waves.