Best museums in Sydney

Check out the top museums in Sydney, reviewed and ranked by the city’s locals

1. Sydney Opera House

1. Sydney Opera House

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243 local reviews
Bennelong Point, Sydney
+61 2 9250 7111
Opera House
Alexa
Watch a show at the iconic Opera House. Explore Circular Quay & Museum of Contemporary of Art.
Wayne
Iconic, just jump on the train at Museum and head to Circular Quay.
Cassandra
The Sydney Opera House is a multi-venue performing arts centre situated on Bennelong Point in Sydney Harbour.
1. Sydney Opera House

1. Sydney Opera House

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243 local reviews
Bennelong Point, Sydney
+61 2 9250 7111
Alexa
Alexa
Watch a show at the iconic Opera House. Explore Circular Quay & Museum of Contemporary of Art.
Wayne
Wayne
Iconic, just jump on the train at Museum and head to Circular Quay.
Cassandra
Cassandra
The Sydney Opera House is a multi-venue performing arts centre situated on Bennelong Point in Sydney Harbour.
2. City2Surf Route, from Hyde Park

2. City2Surf Route, from Hyde Park

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34 local reviews
Trail
Ramy
Hyde Park was declared a common in 1792 by Governor Phillip and in 1804 was the venue for the first recorded c…
Andrew
Nice to stroll though this formal park to go shopping in the city and near to galleries and museums.
Christina
Beautiful park to walk through or sit and read a book in. Sydney's version of Central Park.
2. City2Surf Route, from Hyde Park

2. City2Surf Route, from Hyde Park

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34 local reviews
Ramy
Ramy
Hyde Park was declared a common in 1792 by Governor Phillip and in 1804 was the venue for the first recorded cricket match in Australia. The…
Andrew
Andrew
Nice to stroll though this formal park to go shopping in the city and near to galleries and museums.
Christina
Christina
Beautiful park to walk through or sit and read a book in. Sydney's version of Central Park.
3. Circular Quay

3. Circular Quay

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74 local reviews
Circular Quay, Sydney
SublocalityPolitical
Sue
15 minutes on ferry from Neutral Bay wharf or by any bus to the city it is a very cosmopolitan area with Moder…
Lazarus
Sydney Opera House, Art Museum, Botanic Gardens, Ferries to Manly and other points of interest.
Hugh
Take a ferry from here just to enjoy being on the water. Some favourites: * The Zoo * Manly for a walk on th…
3. Circular Quay

3. Circular Quay

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74 local reviews
Circular Quay, Sydney
Sue
Sue
15 minutes on ferry from Neutral Bay wharf or by any bus to the city it is a very cosmopolitan area with Modern Art Museum cafes restaurants…
Lazarus
Lazarus
Sydney Opera House, Art Museum, Botanic Gardens, Ferries to Manly and other points of interest.
Hugh
Hugh
Take a ferry from here just to enjoy being on the water. Some favourites: * The Zoo * Manly for a walk on the Beach * Watson's Bay for a …
4. University of Sydney

4. University of Sydney

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30 local reviews
College St, University of Sydney
(02) 9351 2222
UniversityEstablishment
Fiona
Sydney's premier university & open to the public. Walk around the historic buildings & visit the Art gallery …
Sam
The main campus boasts a neo-gothic quadrangle which has been voted one of the most beautiful university build…
Alecia
A lovely place to stroll around, great museums and also the place where you will get buses to the beach (the 3…
4. University of Sydney

4. University of Sydney

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30 local reviews
College St, University of Sydney
(02) 9351 2222
Fiona
Fiona
Sydney's premier university & open to the public. Walk around the historic buildings & visit the Art gallery or the Nicholson & Macleay Mus…
Sam
Sam
The main campus boasts a neo-gothic quadrangle which has been voted one of the most beautiful university buildings in the world by UK press…
Alecia
Alecia
A lovely place to stroll around, great museums and also the place where you will get buses to the beach (the 370) or to the inner-west (any …
5. White Rabbit Gallery

5. White Rabbit Gallery

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61 local reviews
30 Balfour Street, Chippendale, Sydney
Closed now
+61 2-8399-2867
Art Gallery
Koray
Excellent modern museum featuring Chinese art
Phan
The biggest private contemporary art museum in Australia only 5 minutes walking from home
Suzy
Contemporary chinese art. Amazing 3 storey gallery in a converted warehouse with a teahouse on the ground floo…
5. White Rabbit Gallery

5. White Rabbit Gallery

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61 local reviews
30 Balfour Street, Chippendale, Sydney
Closed now
+61 2-8399-2867
Koray
Koray
Excellent modern museum featuring Chinese art
Phan
Phan
The biggest private contemporary art museum in Australia only 5 minutes walking from home
Suzy
Suzy
Contemporary chinese art. Amazing 3 storey gallery in a converted warehouse with a teahouse on the ground floor. DJs some evenings too.
6. Powerhouse Museum

6. Powerhouse Museum

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24 local reviews
500 Harris Street, Ultimo, Sydney
Closed now
+61 2-9217-0111
Museum
Suzy
Design and technology museum. Great wet weather activity for both adults and kids! About a 10-25 minute walk f…
Khalid, Felicity, Savi & Yasi
Good museum, they generally have a number of kid friendly exhibitions going on. Plus its nice and BIG so kids …
abbey
A short walk from Darling Harbour, this science and design museum whirs away inside the former power station f…
6. Powerhouse Museum

6. Powerhouse Museum

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24 local reviews
500 Harris Street, Ultimo, Sydney
Closed now
+61 2-9217-0111
Suzy
Suzy
Design and technology museum. Great wet weather activity for both adults and kids! About a 10-25 minute walk from the house. Entry $10 adult…
Khalid, Felicity, Savi & Yasi
Khalid, Felicity, Savi & Yasi
Good museum, they generally have a number of kid friendly exhibitions going on. Plus its nice and BIG so kids love running around it, and th…
abbey
abbey
A short walk from Darling Harbour, this science and design museum whirs away inside the former power station for Sydney’s defunct, original …
7. Elizabeth Bay House

7. Elizabeth Bay House

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19 local reviews
7 Onslow Ave, Elizabeth Bay, Sydney
Closed now
+61 2-9356-3022
Museum
Mireille
Lovely historic house and museum
Anna
A house museum, A rich family's home from the colonial days. (Wentworth)
Jan
Fabulous old house, one of the first in Sydney.
7. Elizabeth Bay House

7. Elizabeth Bay House

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19 local reviews
7 Onslow Ave, Elizabeth Bay, Sydney
Closed now
+61 2-9356-3022
Mireille
Mireille
Lovely historic house and museum
Anna
Anna
A house museum, A rich family's home from the colonial days. (Wentworth)
Jan
Jan
Fabulous old house, one of the first in Sydney.
8. Art Gallery NSW

8. Art Gallery NSW

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111 local reviews
Art Gallery Rd, Sydney
Closed now
+61 2 9225 1700
Art Gallery
Katie
Established in 1871, the Art Gallery of New South Wales is the leading museum of art in New South Wales and Sy…
Tammy & Lola
Established in 1871, the Art Gallery of New South Wales is the leading museum of art in New South Wales and Sy…
Hai
Established in 1871, the Gallery is proud to present fine international and Australian art in one of the most …
8. Art Gallery NSW

8. Art Gallery NSW

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111 local reviews
Art Gallery Rd, Sydney
Closed now
+61 2 9225 1700
Katie
Katie
Established in 1871, the Art Gallery of New South Wales is the leading museum of art in New South Wales and Sydney, and one of Australia's f…
Tammy & Lola
Tammy & Lola
Established in 1871, the Art Gallery of New South Wales is the leading museum of art in New South Wales and Sydney, and one of Australia's f…
Hai
Hai
Established in 1871, the Gallery is proud to present fine international and Australian art in one of the most beautiful art museums in the w…
9. Australian Museum

9. Australian Museum

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36 local reviews
1 William St., Darlinghurst, Sydney
Closed now
+61 2-9320-6000
Museum
Lucia
Sydney's most comprehensive museum for artefacts. Keep an eye out for Jurassic Lounge, themed nights with DJs…
Darren & Ralph
The Australian Museum is the oldest museum in Australia, with an international reputation in the fields of nat…
Alex
The Australian Museum has an international reputation in the fields of natural history and indigenous studies …
9. Australian Museum

9. Australian Museum

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36 local reviews
1 William St., Darlinghurst, Sydney
Closed now
+61 2-9320-6000
Lucia
Lucia
Sydney's most comprehensive museum for artefacts. Keep an eye out for Jurassic Lounge, themed nights with DJs, bars, Silent Disco, burlesqu…
Darren & Ralph
Darren & Ralph
The Australian Museum is the oldest museum in Australia, with an international reputation in the fields of natural history and anthropology…
Alex
Alex
The Australian Museum has an international reputation in the fields of natural history and indigenous studies research, community programs a…
10. Cadman’s Cottage

10. Cadman’s Cottage

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81 local reviews
110 George St, The Rocks, Sydney
+61 2 9337 5511
Monument / Landmark
Eleni
Start your stay in Sydney with a short but interesting history lesson. The best way to do that is by walking t…
Ray
The Rocks is the oldest part of Sydney. With it narrow lanes, fine colonial buildings, sandstone churches, and…
Katherine and Geoff
Interesting cobbled back streets, art galleries, and amazing button shop, a nude photographer, bars and restau…
10. Cadman’s Cottage

10. Cadman’s Cottage

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81 local reviews
110 George St, The Rocks, Sydney
+61 2 9337 5511
Eleni
Eleni
Start your stay in Sydney with a short but interesting history lesson. The best way to do that is by walking the streets of the Rocks. This …
Ray
Ray
The Rocks is the oldest part of Sydney. With it narrow lanes, fine colonial buildings, sandstone churches, and Australia’s oldest pubs, this…
Katherine and Geoff
Katherine and Geoff
Interesting cobbled back streets, art galleries, and amazing button shop, a nude photographer, bars and restaurants, street markets and a mu…
11. Royal Botanic Garden

11. Royal Botanic Garden

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146 local reviews
Mrs Macquaries Rd, Sydney
Closed now
+61 2-9231-8111
Garden
Daniela
Especially if you need to beat jet lag, I recommend a walking tour for your first day to be out in the sun: wa…
Katie
Especially if you need to beat jet lag, I recommend a walking tour for your first day to be out in the sun: wa…
Cassandra
The Royal Botanic Gardens is a major botanical garden that is the oldest scientific institution in Australia a…
11. Royal Botanic Garden

11. Royal Botanic Garden

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146 local reviews
Mrs Macquaries Rd, Sydney
Closed now
+61 2-9231-8111
Daniela
Daniela
Especially if you need to beat jet lag, I recommend a walking tour for your first day to be out in the sun: walk down Surry Hill's main Crow…
Katie
Katie
Especially if you need to beat jet lag, I recommend a walking tour for your first day to be out in the sun: walk down Surry Hill's main Crow…
Cassandra
Cassandra
The Royal Botanic Gardens is a major botanical garden that is the oldest scientific institution in Australia and one of the most import bota…
12. Darling Harbour

12. Darling Harbour

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106 local reviews
Darling Harbour, Sydney
(02) 9240 8500
Travel agencyCafeRestaurant
Julia
Area is full of restaurants,shops.Chinese Garden,3D cinema.Marine world,Wax works,Animal centre (Kangaroos ) S…
Maggie And Gino
Darling Harbour is one of Sydney's "buzz" places comprising cafes, restaurants and food hall, as well as an IM…
Eleni
The best place to take the kids in Sydney is by far Darling Harbour. While there are many constructions going …
12. Darling Harbour

12. Darling Harbour

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106 local reviews
Darling Harbour, Sydney
(02) 9240 8500
Julia
Julia
Area is full of restaurants,shops.Chinese Garden,3D cinema.Marine world,Wax works,Animal centre (Kangaroos ) Show boat(must prebook)Harbour …
Maggie And Gino
Maggie And Gino
Darling Harbour is one of Sydney's "buzz" places comprising cafes, restaurants and food hall, as well as an IMAX cinema, maritime museum and…
Eleni
Eleni
The best place to take the kids in Sydney is by far Darling Harbour. While there are many constructions going on here at the moment this is …