Museum of Sydney
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.
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.
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 https://sydneylivingmuseums.com.au/museum-of-sydney/whats-on
Access for all
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.
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.
Guided tours are available and depart the reception area. 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.
How to get there
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.
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.
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