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Justice & Police Museum

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Address: Cnr. Albert and Phillip Streets | Circular Quay, Sydney, New South Wales NSW 2004 , Australia
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9252 1144
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These historic police buildings once hosted infamous criminals like...

These historic police buildings once hosted infamous criminals like bushranger Captain Moonlight and sly-grog queen Kate Leigh, as Sydney's police and magistrates kept law and order. Walk through the corridor of cells, check out the chilling collection of criminal weapons and hundreds of photos from forensic archives. Open Saturday and Sunday 10am-5pm. Adult $10. Concession $5. Family $20. Sydney Living Museum members free.

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If you are the slightest interested in people and crime in Sydney over the ages, then this is the place to visit. Wall depictions and exhibits have been put together, using old... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 days ago
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Grimsby, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

If you are the slightest interested in people and crime in Sydney over the ages, then this is the place to visit. Wall depictions and exhibits have been put together, using old plate photographs found and that have survived the passage of time, to reveal the stories of crime and criminals passed down since the 1850's. A wonderful array of... More 

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Batemans Bay, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We visited "Sydney's Home of Crime" , the Justice and Police Museum on a recent visit to Sydney. You can spend a couple of hours here easily looking through the displays about the dark side of Sydney's past criminal history, and the various underworld figures. There is a great variety of information boards giving full descriptions of the various criminals... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

The justice and police museum is located near circular quay and is housed in the old court house building. Tickets cost $12 for adults and $8 for children. The museum is separated in two parts by the building. The first half mostly contains photos and a lot of information about different incidents and murderers. It would have been nice to... More 

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Bristol, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 January 2017 via mobile

This is an interesting museum very close to the rocks but usually only open at weekends (except in January). It's an imposing building and it's got some fine exhibits, especially the photographs of criminals/suspects from the NSW records. There's a particularly good and frank exhibition room on aboriginal/police relationships which is as critical of European settlement and its effect as... More 

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Horsens, Denmark
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 January 2017

The exhibit needs updating. While the photographs, memorabilia, and text are all very well, and the building is very nicely preserved, one's visit could be lengthened if there were more interactive content.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 January 2017 via mobile

We enjoyed our visit to the Justice & Police Museum. We have teen/tween kids and they thought it was fascinating. There is a good display of old crime photos and interesting stories. The museum is set in the old water police station/court so there are cells and a court you can go into. The kids can have their fingerprints taken,... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 January 2017

If you were familiar with the crimes and criminals that were featured - the museum would probably be a little more interesting. The pics of old auto accidents were the most interesting for us. Kind of high priced for what you see.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 January 2017

1st time I've been here and was expecting something more. Interesting history of some criminals and crimes in and around Sydney but it only took about 30 minutes to go through, even with watching the narrated slide show which I found disrupted due to parents with young children disturbing the show. I would suggest this room needs a door closure... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 December 2016

We had a great few hours looking at the crime photographs, reading about the crimes of a flourishing colony and a city entering a modern world. Some of the pictures, leave little to the imagination, but crimes and justice occur today, and a look at it in a historical context is fascinating.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 December 2016

A small museum showing some really interesting items around the history of Sydney crime and criminals. Best if you take time to read the displays and watch the short videos being shown on a range of things. There are some graphic photographs so not really suitable for children. Much of the exhibition shows something of Sydney through its transition from... More 

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