Justice and Police Museum
Why go there
Visit Sydney's dark side of smuggling, theft and illegal immigration with a visit to three historic buildings comprising the Water Police Court (1856), Water Police Station and cells (1858) and Police Court building (1886). The buildings are constructed from beautiful Sydney sandstone quarried from Bennalong Point, where the Opera House stands.
Temporary exhibitions on matters of crime and the law.
Changing displays of criminality, policing and the legal system in the Yellow Room (No 12)
The Police Court with all original fittings, including the barred docks (No 4).
Access for all
The Museum offers wheelchair access via a ramped entry from Albert St and then access into several rooms as staff will unlock doors to usher you through. The entry will be tight for some.
The museum sits on the hill above Circular Quay. Access is steep up Phillip St to Albert St where the accessible entry to the museum is via a 2m long ramp with a gradient of 12% at its steepest and 835mm wide. A small landing 1.1 wide is adjacent to the 1m wide doorway, but press the buzzer for staff to unlock the door. The museum comprises three buildings, heading up the hill so access between them, presents challenges which are being worked through. Staff will unlock doors to access parts of the museum on the one level and outside into the laneway to the unisex accessible toilet.
Collect your self-guide map showing each room number. Visitors who cannot climb one or more steps can access Rooms 1, 2, 3, 4 and 12. Staff will unlock doors to show you through to the Police Court Building. School tours finish at 2pm so if you arrive then, a guide may be available to escort you and provide a fascinating insight into the displays which can be accessed.
Eating and shopping
The entry foyer serves as a small shop. Plenty of eating options exist at Circular Quay.
How to get there
The Justice & Police Museum is a two minute walk from Circular Quay ferry and train station.
Visitors could be dropped off on the driveway adjacent to the access ramp from Albert St. There is no onsite parking and the nearest commercial car spaces are expensive alternatives. The Opera House car park is probably the closest.
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Interactive map; http://maps.cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au/accessibility-map/