Museum of Sydney

The Museum of Sydney is built on the grounds of Australia’s former Government House and strives to recognise and celebrate the cities rich and abundant history. Inside you’ll find a vast collection of exhibits, artefacts and relics that depict both Sydney and the broader countries history over the decades from its early settlement to present day.

Cockatoo’s History

The original Government House belonged to Arthur Philip and was built in 1788. After being abandoned for years, the remains of the house were discovered by archaeologists in 1983 and shortly after a museum was opened in memory of the governor and the sites rich history.


Inside you’ll find exhibits exploring colonial and contemporary Sydney and an array of digital media exhibition showcasing the city throughout the years. Make sure you check out the convict collection which unearths the towns penal history and the First Fleet exhibition which looks at the first voyage to Botany Bay.