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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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Sat - Sun 10:00 - 17:00
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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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A decent museum

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... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
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Sydney, Australia
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Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

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 4 days ago NEW 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 1 week ago

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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Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago 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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Chicago, Illinois
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

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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Thank Diane K
Sydney
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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 4 weeks ago

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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Berkeley, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 December 2016

The items and information on show was very interesting. Looking at Sydneys past and the criminals the weapons use was a eye opener.

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Melbourne, Australia
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 November 2016

Nothing really interesting to see, its actually a very small museum, with run down facilities, and badly managed displays

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