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Museum of Sydney

Picture shows the open grey forecourt leading to the entry on the far right side. Also apparent are the Cube viewing area on the left, café and Edge of Trees display, far right

Entry to the Museum of Sydney across the forecourt revealing the placement and foundations of the first Government House
Image: Patty Mazza

Why go there

The Museum of Sydney is on the site of Australia's first Government House. The original building 1788, was a home and office for the colony's Governor, Arthur Phillip. Today, visitors can view the original foundations from the museum forecourt. The Museum of Sydney interprets the history of this symbolic site, its importance as a place of contact between Aboriginal people and the newcomers and tells ongoing stories of Sydney.

Don't miss

  • Edge of the Trees . This installation is an audio and tactile experience marking the first contact between the British colonisers and the Gadigal people.
  • Focus tours. These guided tours bring the Museum to life, as visitors gain an insight into the life of Sydney's colonists. On display are models of the First Fleet ships and artefacts uncovered from archaeological exploration of the first Government House.
  • The Viewing Cube. Gain a unique bird's eye perspective of the city and see the outline and layout of First Government House.
  • Gadigal Place. Named after the local indigenous people, encounter artefacts, paintings, film and sound scapes that evoke contemporary Aboriginal perspectives from the past.
  • "What's on". See the various feature travelling exhibitions, films and specialist lectures on the Historic Houses Trust website at www.hht.net.au/whats_on/highlights

Access for all

Access Summary

Mobility accessBlindness and low vision accessHearing augmentation

The Museum of Sydney offers wheelchair access to its three levels by lift and unisex accessible toilet on the ground level, located behind reception. Collect the Visitors Guide which shows the location of the lift, toilet and AGL Theatre. A tactile tour is under development for visitors with vision impairment.

Getting around

Mobility accessBlindness and low vision access

The main entry from the forecourt is via manual, double glass doors which swing-in to enter. Many exhibits employ technology so hands-on opportunities for the curious are encouraged, for example displays provide additional detail by a touch of the screen.

Tours and programs

Mobility accessBlindness and low vision accessHearing augmentation

Guided tours are available and depart the reception area at 11am and 2.15pm. Tours can incorporate a tactile component in The Edge of Trees installation in the forecourt and in Gadigal Place with aboriginal artefacts, implements and weapons.

The AGL Theatre is equipped with an induction hearing loop and accessible seating spaces are located at the front of the theatre.

The Guiding staff are keen to provide a personal experience at the museum so call ahead and discuss your requirements, particularly in terms of an audio or tactile enhanced tour.

Picture of a visitor interacting with a touch screen display.

Photo: Supplied by HHT, Poalo Busato, one of the interactive displays

Eating and shopping

The MOS Café (9241 3636, www.moscafe.com.au) is located on site and seating spills out onto the Forecourt. The MOS Shop (9251 4678) is adjacent to the entry reception area.

How to get there

Public transport

The best method of transport is train, ferry or bus arriving at Circular Quay where there is a short but steep grade up two blocks to the Museum. Buses from the eastern suburbs can stop outside the Museum on Phillip St.

Parking

There is no onsite parking or drop off area. The nearest commercial car spaces are expensive alternatives, include the Governor Phillip Tower basement car park (next door), The Intercontinental Hotel (across the road) or The Opera House car park.

Map

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Picture shows the open grey forecourt leading to the entry on the far right side. Also apparent are the Cube viewing area on the left, café and Edge of Trees display, far right

Entry to the Museum of Sydney across the forecourt revealing the placement and foundations of the first Government House
Image: Patty Mazza

Access Summary

Mobility accessBlindness and low vision accessHearing augmentation

Contact Details

Address:
Museum of Sydney on the site of
First Government House
Cnr Bridge & Phillip Streets, Sydney

Phone: + 61 2 9251 5988

TTY: + 61 2 8239 2377

Email:
info@hht.net.au

Website:
Museum of Sydney
(www.hht.net.au/museums/mos)

Opening hours

Open daily 9.30am to 5pm. Closed Good Friday and Christmas Day.

Price

Fees are charged to enter the museum. The Companion Card is accepted.

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