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AUS­TRALIAN MU­SEUM

Aus­tralia’s first pub­lic mu­seum is ded­i­cated to ex­plor­ing and un­der­stand­ing the world. Their ex­hi­bi­tions are a joy for adults and kids alike. Col­lec­tions not to be missed in­clude First Aus­tralians and Wild Planet. 1 Wil­liam Street, Syd­ney. Daily 9.30am–5pm. 9320 6000. aus­tralian­mu­seum.net.au

AUS­TRALIAN NA­TIONAL MAR­ITIME MU­SEUM

Aus­tralia’s ded­i­cated mar­itime mu­seum is lo­cated right on the wa­ter’s edge at Dar­ling Har­bour. Their core ex­hi­bi­tions ex­plore mar­itime as­pects of Indige­nous cul­ture, Euro­pean ex­plo­ration, im­mi­gra­tion, sport and leisure, de­fence and Aus­tralia’s mar­itime links with the USA. Climb aboard the HMAS Vam­pire, Aus­tralia’s largest mu­seum ves­sel and the last of the coun­try’s big gun ships. 2 Mur­ray Street, Dar­ling Har­bour. Daily 9.30am–5pm. 9298 3777. anmm.gov.au

MU­SEUM OF SYD­NEY

The Mu­seum of Syd­ney is on the site of Aus­tralia’s first Gov­ern­ment House, built in 1788 by NSW’S first Gover­nor, Cap­tain Arthur Phillip. The build­ings’ foun­da­tions were suc­cess­fully ex­ca­vated by ar­chae­ol­o­gists in the 1980s and are now a cen­tre­piece of the mu­seum. The mu­seum ex­tends over three floors, ex­hibit­ing colo­nial his­tory, doc­u­ments, fur­ni­ture and art, and indige­nous cul­ture. Cor­ner of Bridge and Phillip Streets, Syd­ney. 9251 5988. syd­neyliv­ing­mu­se­ums.com.au/ mu­seum-of-syd­ney

POW­ER­HOUSE MU­SEUM

The Pow­er­house Mu­seum con­tains a unique and di­verse col­lec­tion that spans his­tory, sci­ence, tech­nol­ogy, de­sign, in­dus­try, dec­o­ra­tive arts, mu­sic, trans­port and space ex­plo­ration. Their pro­grams have a strong fo­cus on the ideas and tech­nolo­gies that have changed our world, and the peo­ple who cre­ated them. 500 Har­ris Street, Ul­timo. 9217 0111. maas.mu­seum

THE ROCKS DIS­COV­ERY MU­SEUM

This fam­ily-friendly mu­seum tells the story of The Rocks area of Syd­ney from pre-euro­pean days to the present. Housed in a re­stored 1850s sand­stone ware­house, the mu­seum is home to a unique col­lec­tion of im­ages and ar­chae­o­log­i­cal arte­facts found in The Rocks. The ex­hibits are filled with in­ter­ac­tive fun, us­ing touch screens to bring the his­tory of the area alive. Ken­dall Lane (en­ter via Ar­gyle Street), The Rocks. Daily 10am–5pm. 9240 8680. the­rocks.com

SU­SAN­NAH PLACE MU­SEUM

Su­san­nah Place has been home to more than 100 fam­i­lies through­out his­tory. Learn their sto­ries in this orig­i­nal ter­race of four houses that has sur­vived modern de­vel­op­ment. Don’t for­get to pick up a unique sou­venir at the de­light­fully re-cre­ated 1915 cor­ner shop. 58–64 Glouces­ter Street, The Rocks. Daily 2pm–5pm. 9241 1893. syd­neyliv­ing­mu­se­ums.com. au/su­san­nah-place-mu­seum

SYD­NEY JEWISH MU­SEUM

The Syd­ney Jewish Mu­seum, lo­cated in the in­ner-city sub­urb of Dar­linghurst, doc­u­ments and ex­am­ines the his­tory of the Holo­caust. It stands as a memo­rial to

the six mil­lion mur­dered Jews and the mil­lions of non-jewish vic­tims. It also tells the his­tory of the Jews in Aus­tralia and il­lus­trates the rich­ness of Jewish life by show­ing its tra­di­tions. The Syd­ney Jewish Mu­seum pro­vides an eye-open­ing ex­pe­ri­ence for all vis­i­tors through its per­ma­nent and tem­po­rary ex­hi­bi­tions. 148 Dar­linghurst Road, Dar­linghurst. Sun 10am–4pm, Mon–thu 10am–4.30pm, Fri 10am–3pm (closed Sat). 9360 7999. syd­ney­jew­ish­mu­seum.com.au

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