The best museums in Sydney in March 2023

These are the top 50 best museums in Sydney, Australia, ranked by their rating and popularity in 2023. Click a museum for more information about the museum, including visitor information, exhibitions and reviews.

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These are the best museums in Sydney:

  1. Cockatoo Island1

    Cockatoo Island

    Cockatoo Island is a UNESCO World Heritage Site at the junction of the Parramatta and Lane Cove River in Sydney Harbour , New South Wales , Australia. Cockatoo Island is the largest of several islands that were originally heavily timbered sandstone knolls . Originally the Island rose to 18 metres (
  2. Online discount!Sea Life Sydney Aquarium2

    Sea Life Sydney Aquarium

    This large aquarium houses more than 700 species of marine animals. It is divided into 14 different habitat zones. One of the most popular zones is surely the Dugong Island. Hear one of the talks to learn more about this animal. Sea Life is housed in the same complex as WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo and Mad
  3. Koala Park Sanctuary3

    Koala Park Sanctuary

    The Koala Park Sanctuary is a privately owned and run wildlife park located at West Pennant Hills in Sydney , Australia . The park is known for its collection of koalas and other animals and is set in a rainforest-like park.
  4. Australian National Maritime Museum4

    Australian National Maritime Museum

    Established in 1991, this giant white building houses extensive collections on all things maritime, divided into six galleries. When you are done with exploring the exhibits inside, step out and explore the historic vessels. The museum also organizes guided tours and various events and activities fo
  5. Sydney Observatory5

    Sydney Observatory

    The Sydney Observatory is a heritage-listed meteorological station , astronomical observatory , function venue, science museum , and education facility located on Observatory Hill at Upper Fort Street, in the inner city Sydney suburb of Millers Point in the City of Sydney local government area of N
  6. Museum of Contemporary Art Australia6

    Museum of Contemporary Art Australia

    Situated in the heart of the historical district of Sydney, this gallery houses a nice selection of contemporary art that is presented in an engaging way. A special section is dedicated to Australian Aboriginal art. Don't forget to check the events section on the official website to see the temporar
  7. Museum of Sydney7

    Museum of Sydney

    Built in 1995 on the ruins of Australia's first government house, this museum showcases the history of Sydney as well as its present through interactive exhibitions. Listen to the stories of people and events that have formed the city as we know it today. You can also join a free tour that will prov
  8. The Rocks Discovery Museum8

    The Rocks Discovery Museum

    Three floors packed with history of the most magical district in Sydney. Learn about the development of the area, from pre-European era to the present. The exhibitions are interactive and highly engaging, kids will love it. Explore various archaeological artefacts and hear stories about events and p
  9. Madame Tussauds Sydney9

    Madame Tussauds Sydney

    Visit the only Tussaud's wax museum in Australia and meet your favorite celebrities. Snap a picture with locals including Hugh Jackman and Kylie Minogue, as well as international celebs such as Taylor Swift, Ryan Gosling, and Michael Jackson.
  10. Susannah Place10

    Susannah Place

    Susannah Place is a heritage-listed former grocery store and workers' cottages and now historic house museum located at 58-64 Gloucester Street in the inner city Sydney suburb of The Rocks in the City of Sydney local government area of New South Wales , Australia. It was built during 1844. It is als
  11. Art Gallery of New South Wales11

    Art Gallery of New South Wales

    The Art Gallery of New South Wales ( AGNSW ), founded as the New South Wales Academy of Art in 1872 and known as the National Art Gallery of New South Wales between 1883 and 1958, is located in The Domain, Sydney , Australia. It is the most important public gallery in Sydney and one of the largest i
  12. Hyde Park Barracks12

    Hyde Park Barracks

    The Hyde Park Barracks, Sydney is a heritage-listed former barracks, hospital, convict accommodation, mint and courthouse and now museum and cafe located at Macquarie Street in the Sydney central business district , in the City of Sydney local government area of New South Wales , Australia. Original
  13. White Rabbit Gallery13

    White Rabbit Gallery

    White Rabbit Gallery houses a stunning collection of contemporary Chinese art that is free to view. After exploring this hidden treasure, be sure to pay a visit to its tea house serving great selection of tea as well as tasty dumplings. Don't forget to look up and marvel at the vintage bird cages de
  14. Australian Museum14

    Australian Museum

    The Australian Museum is a heritage-listed museum at 1 William Street , Sydney central business district , New South Wales , Australia. It is the oldest museum in Australia , and the fifth oldest natural history museum in the world, with an international reputation in the fields of natural history a
  15. Powerhouse Museum15

    Powerhouse Museum

    This enormous technology museum has virtually everything in its collection. A giant locomotive will welcome you once you enter and then it is up to you what you choose to explore. Be it space technology or decorative arts, you will surely be overwhelmed. There is also a section dedicated to hands-on
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    Treasured Teapot Museum

  17. Sydney Jewish Museum17

    Sydney Jewish Museum

    The Sydney Jewish Museum is a history museum in Sydney , Australia , which documents the Holocaust , the history of the Jewish people in Australia, and explores human rights issues in Australia. The museum is an institution that collects and preserves historic objects, commemorates and educates, wit
  18. Brett Whiteley Studio18

    Brett Whiteley Studio

  19. Old Government House19

    Old Government House

    The Old Government House is a heritage-listed former "country" residence used by ten early governors of New South Wales between 1800 and 1847, located in Parramatta Park in Parramatta , New South Wales , in the greater metropolitan area of Western Sydney , New South Wales , Australia. It is consider
  20. Royal Australian Navy Heritage Centre20

    Royal Australian Navy Heritage Centre

    The Royal Australian Navy Heritage Centre is the maritime museum of the Royal Australian Navy . The centre opened on 4 October 2005 and is located within the Public Access Area on the northern end of the Garden Island naval base in Sydney. The need for such a facility was first recognised in 1922, b
  21. Featherdale Sydney Wildlife Park21

    Featherdale Sydney Wildlife Park

    Featherdale Wildlife Park is a zoo located in Doonside , Sydney , Australia. The park is located in Sydney's west, approximately 40 km (25 mi) from Sydney's CBD. The park contains various species native to Australia, and is known to be one of the world's largest collections of Australian fauna . The
  22. Joseph Banks Native Plants Reserve22

    Joseph Banks Native Plants Reserve

    Joseph Banks Native Plants Reserve is one of the few specialised gardens in Sydney to focus entirely on Australian native plants. Located at Kareela in Sutherland Shire and established in 1970 as a tribute to Joseph Banks, the landscaped garden covers an area of 2.2 hectares, with 4 kilometres of se
  23. Elizabeth Farm23

    Elizabeth Farm

    Elizabeth Farm is an historic estate located at 70 Alice Street, Rosehill , a suburb of Sydney , New South Wales , Australia . Elizabeth Farm was the family home of wool pioneer, John and his wife Elizabeth Macarthur . The estate was commenced in 1793 on a slight hill overlooking the upper reaches o
  24. Macquarie University Art Gallery24

    Macquarie University Art Gallery

    Macquarie University , contains nine museums, galleries and collections on its main North Ryde campus, each focusing on various historical, scientific or artistic interests. All are open to the public and offer educational programs for students at primary , secondary and tertiary levels.
  25. Experiment Farm Cottage25

    Experiment Farm Cottage

    Experiment Farm Cottage is a heritage-listed former farm and residence and now house museum at 9 Ruse Street, Harris Park , City of Parramatta , Sydney , Australia . It is one of Australia's oldest standing residences, being built in c.1834. It is located at the site of Experiment Farm, Australia's
  26. Sydney Tramway Museum26

    Sydney Tramway Museum

    The Sydney Tramway Museum (operated by the South Pacific Electric Railway ) is Australia's oldest tramway museum and the largest in the southern hemisphere. It is located at Loftus in the southern suburbs of Sydney .
  27. Sydney Bus Museum27

    Sydney Bus Museum

    Sydney Bus Museum (formerly the Sydney Bus and Truck Museum) is a not-for-profit transportation museum and education centre for public benefit located in the suburb of Leichhardt , in Sydney , Australia . The museum is open to the public on the first and third Sunday of each month. The museum resto
  28. Australian Botanic Garden28

    Australian Botanic Garden

    The Australian Botanic Garden Mount Annan is a 416-hectare (1,030-acre) botanical garden located in a hilly area of the southwestern Sydney suburb of Mount Annan , between Campbelltown and Camden , New South Wales . It is the largest botanical garden in Australia, specializing in native plants, wit
  29. Justice and Police Museum29

    Justice and Police Museum

    The Justice and Police Museum is a heritage-listed former water police station, offices and courthouse and now justice and police museum located at 4-8 Phillip Street on the corner of Albert Street, in the Sydney central business district in the City of Sydney local government area of New South Wal
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    Australian Design Centre

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    Reserve Bank of Australia Museum

  32. Blacktown Arts Centre32

    Blacktown Arts Centre

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    Aquabumps Gallery

    This gallery is simply awesome - filled with pictures of Sydney sunrises, beaches and surfing. The real spirit of Australia!
  34. Norman Lindsay Gallery34

    Norman Lindsay Gallery

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    The Mint

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    Auburn Botanic Gardens

  37. Valley Heights Rail Museum37

    Valley Heights Rail Museum

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    Deepwater Park

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    Mary MacKillop Place

  40. Don Bank40

    Don Bank

  41. Carisbrook Historic House41

    Carisbrook Historic House

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    Addington - Ryde House of Heritage

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    Penrith Museum of Printing

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    Chrissie Cotter Gallery

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    Artsite Contemporary

  46. NSW Schoolhouse Museum of Public Education46

    NSW Schoolhouse Museum of Public Education

    The NSW Schoolhouse Museum , also known as the New South Wales Schoolhouse Museum of Public Education , is located within the school grounds of North Ryde Public School in North Ryde , a suburb of Sydney , New South Wales , Australia . The museum includes a replica of an 1870s classroom to be found
  47. Chau Chak Wing Museum47

    Chau Chak Wing Museum

  48. Sydney Zoo48

    Sydney Zoo

  49. Hazelhurst Arts Centre49

    Hazelhurst Arts Centre

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    Rouse Hill Estate


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