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List of museums in Sydney

Sydney, Australia is home to a large number of cultural institutions, museums and historic sites, some of which are known worldwide. This list contains the most famous:

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Name Type Summary
Art Gallery of New South Wales Art Australian (from settlement to contemporary), European and Asian art
Artspace Sydney Art Contemporary art centre
Australian Army Artillery Museum Military Currently closed, heritage and history of the Royal Australian Artillery
Australian History Museum History website, part of Macquarie University, Australia's history from pre-colonisation to today
Australian Museum Natural history Animals, dinosaurs, mummies, aboriginal peoples, geology, insects
Australian National Maritime Museum Maritime Australia's maritime history and the nation's ongoing involvement and dependence on the sea
Australian Scout Museum History website, located in Building 140, Newington Armory, Sydney Olympic Park
Australian Tennis Museum Sport website, located in Sydney Olympic Park, New South Wales
Elizabeth Bay House Historic house Mid 19th century mansion, managed by Historic Houses Trust of New South Wales
Fort Denison Military Mid 19th century fort and former penal site, located on an island
Government House Historic house Official residence of the Governor of New South Wales, managed by Historic Houses Trust of New South Wales
Harry Daly Museum Medical Museum covering the history of anaesthesia
Hyde Park Barracks History Australia's convict system, daily lives of convicts and other occupants, managed by Historic Houses Trust of New South Wales
Justice and Police Museum law enforcement website, managed by Historic Houses Trust of New South Wales, former police and court building
Lindesay Historic house Mid 19th century period house, operated by the National Trust of Australia
Lucy Osburn – Nightingale Foundation Museum Medical website, life of Lucy Osburn and the founding of the Sydney Hospital
Macleay Museum Natural history Operated by the University of Sydney, includes animals, insects, scientific instruments, ethnographic artifacts
Museum of Australian Currency Notes Numismatic website, operated by the Reserve Bank of Australia, story of how Australia's currency notes have reflected the country's economic and political development
Museum of Contemporary Art Art Contemporary art from across Australia and around the world
Museum of Sydney History City's history and culture, managed by Historic Houses Trust of New South Wales
Museum of Freemasonry, Sydney Masonic website
Nicholson Museum Archaeology Operated by the University of Sydney, includes antiquities from the Mediterranean, the Near and Middle East and Europe
Object (Australia) Art website, located in Surry Hills, centre for contemporary design
Powerhouse Museum Science Science and technology including computers, steam power, transportation
Royal Australian Navy Heritage Centre Maritime History of the Royal Australian Navy
S. H. Ervin Gallery Art Australian art, both historical and contemporary, operated by the National Trust of Australia
Susannah Place Museum Historic house Block of four terrace houses that document the urban working class community in The Rocks
Sydney Bus Museum Transport Historic buses
Sydney Harbour Bridge Visitor Centre Technology website, history of the Sydney Harbour Bridge
Sydney Jewish Museum Jewish The Holocaust and the history of the Jewish people in Australia
Sydney Heritage Fleet Maritime Historic sailing and steam vessels in active use.
Sydney Mint Numismatic Former mint
Sydney Observatory Science Astronomy and related science
Sydney Tramway Museum Transport Operating trams
University of Sydney Art Gallery Art website, operated by the University of Sydney, includes European, Australian, Aboriginal and East Asian art
White Rabbit Gallery Art Contemporary Chinese art

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