Sydney has an excellent collection of museums. Most are open daily from 9 or 10 till 4pm or 5pm. Some open later and some of the smaller Sydney Museums are closed on Mondays and is a good idea to phone to check. Not all the Sydney museums we list are in the city centre.
Australian Aviation Museum
A number of aircraft some of which were made at Bankstown airport. Starkie Drive, Bankstown Airport.
The main collection in Australia for animals, minerals and fossils and anthropological items. 6 College Street (02 9320 6000)
Australian National Maritime Museum
A major maritime museum that uses the harbour to show off a number of vessels. 2 Murray Street, Darling Harbour (02 9298 3777).
The Bradman museum tells the life story of Sir Donald Bradman and contains cricketing trophies, photographs and film of various famous matches, not confined to those in which Sir Donald played. Bowral.
Buran is a Russian space ship and it lives just outside Star City. It is open for inspection, with a space simulation and small museum. Star City, Darling Harbour.
Harris Street Motor Museum
A display of over 150 classic motor cars and other vehicles. 320 Harris Street. (02 9552 3375).
Hyde Park Barracks Museum
Built in 1819 by convict architect Francis Greenway tells the story of the early convicts. Queens Square, Macquarie Street (02 8239 2311).
Justice and Police Museum
Housed in three former courthouses, this is a museum of crime and criminals in Sydney. The museum includes a Magistrates Court, a police charge room, a remand cell, a gallery of mug shots of Sydney's early criminals and many more displays. Corner of Albert and Philip Streets, (02 9252 1144).
La Perouse museum
The Laperouse Museum is in the Cable Station building at La Perouse and was used as the landing point for the underwater telegraph cable that came from New Zealand. The museum tells the story of the French navigator Laperouse who arrived in 1788. La Perouse, Botany Bay National Park. (02 9311 3379).
A museum of the history of Science at the University of Sydney with a large insect collection and even a flea found by Charles Darwin. Gosper Lane. (02 9351 2274).
Manly Art Gallery & Museum
The history of Manly and the associated beach culture along with changing exhibits. West Esplanade, Manly (02 9976 1420).
Mary Mackillop Place
The life of Mary Mackillop a controversial catholic with her tomb inside the chapel. Mary Mackillop is Australia's only Saint and cannonised in 2010. She lived from 1842 to 1902. 7 Mount Street, North Sydney (02 8912 4878)
Museum of Contemporary Art
This 1930s building used to be the home of the Maritime Services Board, but has served in its present capacity since 1991. Circular Quay West, The Rocks. (02 9252 4033).
Museum of Fire
All of the drama and danger of firefighting. There is a horse drawn manual engine built in 1841 and many restored fire engines. Castleragh Roar, Penrith (02 4371 3000).
Museum of Sydney
The museum stands on the site of the first Government House and contains exhibitions showing the history of Sydney. Inside the museum are the archaeological remains of the colony's first Government House built in 1788, the contemporary sculpture Edge of Trees and stories of the First Fleet. 37 Philip Street,(02 9251 5988)
A large collection of antiquities with a real mummy and tomb carvings with no admission charge. Manning Road, University of Sydney (02 9351 2812).
May Gibb's harbourside home now a museum that features memorabilia and notebooks reminding us of her bush stories Snugglepot and Cuddlepie first published in 1918. 5 Wallaringa Ave, Neutral Bay (02 9953 4453).
NSW Sporting Hall of Fame Museum
Photos and memorabilia of athletes from 1890’s to the present. Sydney Olympic Park. (02 9763 0111).
Experience the sights and sounds of the outback in a free 30 minute live show ‘Sounds of the Outback'. Darling Harbour (02 9283 7477).
Powerhouse Discovery Centre
The storehouse for the Powerhouse Museum spread over a number of warehouses and has many exhibits that have never been display at the Powerhouse Museum. It is only open in the second saturday of every month. 172 Show ground Road, Castle Hill (02 9762 1300).
Originally a power station and converted to a museum in 1988 and the largest in Australia. 500 Harris Street, Ultimo (02 9217 0111).
Royal Australian Navy Heritage Centre
Australian Navy history on the harbour at Garden Island that can only be reached by ferry. Along with the museum there are shady grounds that provide good views of the harbour. Garden Island, Sydney Harbour (02 9359 2003).
State Library of New South Wales
This is the oldest research library in Australia and it has an extensive collection of Australian manuscripts, including eight of the ten diaries written by those who arrived in the first fleet. Macquarie Street
Susannah Place Museum
A terrace of four houses that shows what life was like in the 19th century. 58 Gloucester Street, The Rocks (02 9241 1893).
Sydney Bus Museum
The Sydney bus museum has about 90 restored buses the oldest being a 1924 Ruggles. Along with buses there is a vintage petrol station, Sydney's first traffic lights and other motoring relics. Old Tempe Tramshed, 1B Gannon Street, Tempe (02 9558 1234).
Sydney Jewish Museum
The museum is dedicated to documenting and teaching the history of the Holocaust. The Jewish museum also tells the stories of Jewish life in Australia. 148 Darlinghurst Road. (02 9360 7999).
Observe the night sky from high up the hill. Watson Road, Observatory Hill, The Rocks. (02 9217 0485).
Sydney Tramway Museum
Old Sydney trams. Rawson Avenue and Pitt Street (02 9452 3646).
The Rocks Discovery Museum
Learn about the Cadigal People who were the traditional owners of the area, explore the history of the English colony and see how the whalers, sailors and traders lived. Delve into the reasons behind the 1970's protests which preserved the Rocks. And try out the interactive technology on the archaeological artifacts found in the area. 2- 8 Kendall Lane, The Rocks with entry from Argyle Street or Mill lane (02 9251 8804).
Trace the history of the bank from 1817 to the modern day. 6 Playfair Street (02 9763 5670).