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Top 10 Free Museums in Sydney

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by Pauline (subscribe)
Published March 9th 2013
Fun and interesting for families and kids
If you need some ideas on where to bring your families and kids for a fun and educational outing, why not try these free admission museums in Sydney!

1. Nicholson Museum (Archeology)

Source: Wikipedia

Home to the largest collection of antiques in Australia, the museum features classical collection, near eastern collection, Egyptian collection, Cypriot collection and European collection. It is located in the historic Main Quadrangle at the University of Sydney. The current exhibition is about Aphrodite's Island - Australian Archeologists in Cyprus.
Opening Hours:
10am - 4.30pm weekdays
12pm - 4pm 1st Saturday of every month
Closed on Sundays, Public holidays and other Saturdays.

Street address: Located at the southern entrance of The Quadrangle.

2. Sydney Jewish Museum (Jewish)

By Sardaka, Source: Wikipedia

It is primarily to document and teach the history of Jewish people and the Holocaust in Australia. The major features include exhibition of the culture & continuity and The Holocaust, a gallery, gift shop, war memorial forecourt, 100-seat theatrette, classroom facilities and sanctum of remembrance.
Opening hours:
10am - 4pm, Sunday - Thursday
10am - 2pm, Friday
Closed on Saturdays and Jewish Holy Days. Schedule
Street Address: 148 Darlinghurst Road, Darlinghurst NSW 2010

3. The Australian National Maritime Museum (Maritime)

Source: Australian National Maritime Museum


Located in Sydney's most popular tourists spot - Darling Harbour, the museum houses exhibitions which aim to explore Australia's links with the sea through commerce, defence, immigration, adventure etc, and how these activities have influenced the the development of Australia. There are many weekend and holiday programs for children and adults.
Opening Hours:
9.30am - 5.00pm (6.00pm in January) Daily
Closed 25 December (Christmas day)
Street address: 2 Murray Street, Darling Harbour, Sydney NSW 2000 Australia

4. Museum of Contemporary art (Art)

By Greg O'Beirne, Source: Wikipedia

It is the house solely dedicated to exhibiting a collection of contemporary art pieces from across Australia and around the world. Various talks, events and programs are available for the public.
Opening hours:
10am - 5pm, Mon - Wed
10am - 9pm, Thu
10am - 5pm, Fri - Sun
Street Address: 140 George Street, The Rocks, Sydney, Australia

5. Sydney Observatory - Day visit (Science)

By Greg O'Beirne, Source: Wikipedia

Listed as a heritage and recognised as an item of 'state significance' by NSW government, it is the oldest observatory in Australia. Today, it plays an important role in astronomy education and public telescope viewing. Visitors can explore the observatory on a self-guided day visit looking at the exhibits on the ground and first floors, as well as the gardens without charge.
Opening hours:
10am - 5pm, daily except New Year's Eve
Closed on Christmas Day, Boxing Day and Good Friday
Street address: Watson Road, Observatory Hill, The Rocks

6. The Rocks Discovery Museum
A family friendly museum where visitors can explore the stories of Sydney's past in pre-European days to the present. It is home to a collection of unique images and archaeological artefacts found in The Rocks. The exhibits are filled with interactive fun which brings the history to life. A great place for family outing and holiday fun.
Opening hours:
10am - 5pm, Daily
Closed on Good Friday and Christmas Day
Street address: Kendall Lane, The Rocks (enter via Argyle Street)

7. Museum of Australian Currency Notes (Numismatic)

Source: Reserve Bank of Australia

The museum was opened to the public in 2005 by the Reserve Bank of Australia in Martin Place. It tells the story of how Australia's currency notes reflect the economic and political development through a number of stages.
Opening hours:
10.00am - 4.00pm Mon-Fri
Closed on Public holidays and NSW Bank holidays.
Street Address: 65 Martin Place, Sydney NSW 2000

8. The Mint (Numismatic)

By J Bar, Source: Wikipedia

It was the former mint in Sydney and the oldest public building in Sydney CBD. The building was first built as General Hospital and The Dispensary which was then turned into a mint and coining factory. Thereafter, it was being used as government offices, law courts and museum. The building is now the head office of the Historic Houses Trust which also houses the Caroline Simpson Library & research collection, a gift shop, and cafe.
Opening hours:
9am - 5pm, Mon - Fri
Street Address: 10 Macquarie St, Sydney, NSW 2000

9. Australian Tennis Museum (Sport)

Source: Australian Tennis Museum

FREE ENTRY but please consider a gold coin donation.
Started by several tennis enthusiasts in 1983, the museum collects and preserves Australian tennis memorabilia. It was officially opened in 2005 at the Sydney Olympic Park Tennis Centre. It is a fun and enjoyable way of learning the history of Australian tennis, especially for tennis fans.
Opening hours:
9am - 4pm Tuesdays
9am - 4pm Thursdays
Or by appointment
Closed on other days and in December each year
Street Address: Sydney Olympic Park Tennis Centre, Rod Laver Drive, Sydney Olympic Park

10. Government House (Historic House)

Source: Historic Houses Trust

The government house which is located in the Royal Botanical Garden is currently used for state vice-regal function and events. It is also accessible to the public for guided tours, educational programs and public programs, including concerts, exhibitions, festivals, lectures, symposium and performances. Students are welcomed to special education programs to learn about law-making, citizenship, and government. The house showcases an interesting collection of soft furnishing and built fabrics used in various section of the building.
Opening hours:
10.30am 3pm, Friday Sunday and public holidays (house access by guided tour only | Tickets distributed at the gatehouse
Closed Good Friday, Christmas day and New Year's Day
10am 4pm Daily
Street Address: Royal Botanic Gardens, Macquarie Street, Sydney, NSW 2000

(Check the website for opening times prior to visit as the house might be closed for vice-regal functions and other state events)
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