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HISTORY In Your Area

Make a date with HISTORY’ and visit some of Australia and New Zealand's best museums and historic exhibitions.

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New South Wales

Australian National Maritime Museum

Australian National Maritime Museum

The Australian National Maritime Museum is filled with fascinating artefacts, lively exhibitions and fun activities relating to Australia's relationship and history with the sea. Whether it be through commerce, defense, exploration, adventure, sport or play there is something for everyone! Get the chance to board ships and experience life on the water. For more info, click here

2 Murray Street Sydney NSW
02 9298 3777

Australian Museum

Australian Museum

The Australian Museum is the oldest museum in Australia, with an international reputation in the fields of natural history and anthropology. Visit the museum's website HERE

6 College Street, Sydney NSW
(02) 9320 6000

Hyde Park Barracks Museum

Hyde Park Barracks Museum

The Hyde Park Barracks was built in 1819 to house, clothe and feed convict men and boys. This impressive brick building and walled compound was later used as the main dormitory for newly arrived female immigrants and became known as the Hyde Park Asylum. The Barracks then became a hub of government departments and renamed Chancery Square. Until the late 1970s, thousands of public servants, legal workers and litigants occupied the crowded complex. Today the Hyde Park Barracks is a museum about itself. For more info, click here

Convict Sydney
Explore Australia’s convict history at the Hyde Park Barracks in this new exhibition. Learn about the forced transportation of convicts, their daily lives and how they built the colony.

Queens Square, Macquarie Street, Sydney, NSW
02 8239 2311

Justice and Police Museum

Justice and Police Museum

Step into the dark side of Sydney’s past with a visit to a historic police and court building (1856 –1886) that once imposed authority on Sydney’s unruly waterfront. Home to a vast negative archive documenting police investigation, many important records and over 9000 objects, the Justice & Police Museum examines the social history of law, policing and crime in New South Wales. For more, click here

Cnr Albert and Phillip Streets, Circular Quay, Sydney NSW
02 9252 1144

Mary MacKillop Place Museum

Opened in 1995 this museum gives visitors an insight into the life of Mary MacKillop, Australia's first Saint and the co-founder of the Sisters of St Joseph. Follow Mary's life story from 1842 to 1909 and celebrate the legacy of this inspiring woman. For more, click here

7-11 Mount Street North Sydney NSW
02 8912 4878

Museum of Sydney

The Museum of Sydney is a modern museum on a historic site.The site of the colony’s first Government House built 1788, it was also the point of first contact between the Gadigal people of Sydney and the British exiles arriving on the First Fleet. Today this place remains a symbol of 1788. The museum explore stories about Sydney past and present. Exhibits focus on the pre-1788 character of Sydney, its history during the lifetime of first Government House 1788-1846, and the continuing stories of Sydney’s people and places, as it has developed into the metropolis it is today. For more, click here

Corner Phillip and Bridge Streets, Sydney, NSW
02 9251 5988

State Library of NSW

State Library of NSW

The State Library of New South Wales is internationally renowned and one of Australia’s leading libraries. With an extensive collection of over five million items, the State Library aims to collect, preserve and make accessible the documentary heritage of NSW. The State Library's major subject strengths are Australian history, culture and literature, including Aboriginal studies, Antarctic exploration, family history and genealogy, business and management, social sciences, applied science, biography, health and law. For more, click here

Macquarie Street, Sydney, NSW
02 9273 1414

Susannah Place Museum

Susannah Place Museum

Susannah Place is a rare surviving example of a simple working-class terrace. Built in 1844, by Irish immigrants and continuously occupied until 1990 this typically English terrace was home to over 100 different families. The museum tells the stories of the often overlooked lives of working class people and the neighbourhood in which they lived, played, worked and struggled. For more, click here

58–64 Gloucester Street, The Rocks, Sydney, NSW
02 9241 1893

Sydney Jewish Museum

Sydney Jewish Museum

The Sydney Jewish Museum was built to commemorate NSW Jewish men and women who served in World War One and to honour the memory of those who lost their lives.

It is a world-class museum dedicated to documenting and teaching the history of the Holocaust so that these events will never be repeated. For more information, click here

Each month, The Sydney Jewish Museum is hosting a REMEMBER ME program where a Holocaust Survivor will share their story of survival. This is a unique opportunity to listen to a personal account of the Holocaust.
The event is free. To book your seat, phone (02) 9360 7999 or email [email protected]

148 Darlinghurst Road, Darlinghurst NSW
02 9360 7999

The Rocks Discovery Museum

The Rocks Discovery Museum is a free, family friendly museum which tells the story of The Rocks area of Sydney from pre-European days to the present. It houses a unique collection of images and archaeological artefacts found in The Rocks. For more information, click here

Kendall Lane The Rocks (enter via Argyle Street) Sydney, NSW
02 9240 8680

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