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Top 5 Museums You Should Visit in Sydney

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Published September 12th 2016
If you want to get the best experience visiting museums in Sydney, read on. Granted, museums offer unique experiences. It is only in a museum that you can re-connect with the past. The artifacts are silent witnesses of bygone eras. Since you might not have all the time you need to visit all the museums in Sydney, why not sample the best that this city has to offer. A visit to any, or all, of the following museums will be a lifetime experience that will leave you yearning for more.

Powerhouse Museum

In case you are visiting Sydney with your family, this museum offers one of the most kid-friendly experiences in this city. The museum's exhibits are devoted to showcasing technologies that have transformed our world. Why go through a demonstration showing how lightening strikes, why magnets attract metals or how machine engines run? This is quite educative not only to you but also to the young ones accompanying you. Exhibits detailing innovations in space travel, nuclear science and the workings of light, electricity and gravity will surely interest the entire family.

Australian National Maritime Museum

Australia is surrounded by water. Getting some insights into how this gigantic land relates to its surrounding waters is quite insightful as it is exciting. The country depends on these waters for commerce, transportation, recreation and even defence. Learn how Australia and its inhabitants have been affected by the waters. Go back in history and learn about the experiences of the first people brought to Australia as prisoners. The Sea Journeys exhibit takes care of this.

Australian Museum

This is another great museum in Sydney. It offers you a chance to see collections of Aboriginal artefacts such as didgeridoos, boomerangs, kangaroo tooth drill and even baskets. As you walk through the museum rest assured of coming across the Exploring Australia exhibit which will take you through stuffed recreations of some of Australia's most dangerous predators including the now-extinct Tasmanian Tiger, ten most poisonous snakes and a number of crocodiles. Imagine coming face to face with ten complete dinosaur skeletons in the Dinosaur exhibit! Certainly, this is a museum you will not want to miss out on.

Museum of Sydney

Museum of Sydney

Here you will learn everything about the rich and diverse history of this City. The digital presentations will captivate you. Get the opportunity to view a huge spectrum of artefacts from Sydney's convict-laden past. The gift shop in the museum gives you a wide array of special gifts to buy for your loved ones.

Hyde Park Barracks Museum

Remember that Australia has a bleak history. It was once a notorious penal colony that housed convict men and boys. You will get the chance to have a glimpse of the sad realities that these convicts had to face. The tour usually includes a creative audio narration that will help you to understand and appreciate what it meant to be behind bars back then.

These top 5 museums in Sydney offer you fascinating and exciting experiences that reflect on the diverse history of Australia and its people. Anytime you are in Sydney, make it a point to visit any or all of these museums. You will never regret it.
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Why? To learn about history
When: Check museum opening hours
Where: Sydney
Cost: Varies
Your Comment
I respect Anne Boulanger's comment, but as I haven't been to the Museum of Sydney, I will probably still spend my time and money finding out what we, as a city, are trying to showcase.

Also, having lived in Sydney for near my entire life, I may see things that resonate with me. On the other hand, I might totally agree with Ann.
by Carole Liivrand (score: 2|871) 1730 days ago
Great article. I'm surprised Susannah Place wasn't on here as one of the top 5
by jajsh (score: 2|154) 1738 days ago
I really don't recommend the museum of Sydney. It is very lame and poor for a city like Sydney. It is expensive as well for what you get. A very disappointing experience.
by Anne Boulanger (score: 1|14) 1738 days ago
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