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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
Phone Number: 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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Great little place to visit

Situated about a 5 minute walk from circular key, the police museum has a great centralised location and definitely worth a visit if you are in the surrounding vicinity. One thing... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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Melbourne, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

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

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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Situated about a 5 minute walk from circular key, the police museum has a great centralised location and definitely worth a visit if you are in the surrounding vicinity. One thing to note however is the limited opening times. The attraction is only open on weekends (Saturday and Sunday) from 10am - 5pm so make sure you don't rock up... More 

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Thank freemanthefirst
Sydney, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 113 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The Justice and Police Museum is a great place to visit in the centre of Sydney, Filled with artefacts and stories about crime and policing in Sydney. Interesting stories and reproductions of some of Sydney most infamous crimes. Highly recommend

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Worcestershire, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Loved this museum. Loads of history on the criminal underworld (pictures a bit graphic sometimes so be aware of taking children). The old charging room and court room were equally as good. One for your must do list.

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Thank zoeevans2016
Ballarat, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Located at Circular Quay, this museum only 30 years ago was still active police station. The museum is best explored with a free guided tour, as you learn even more than can be gleaned from reading and observing. The museum features include a former court room, police station, jail cells and many stories from the past of crime and criminals.... More 

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Thank David W
Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Some interesting exhibitions charting the criminal history of the city, including photographs of crime scenes.

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Brisbane Region, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Interesting to see the police station & magistrates court. The guide was full of knowledge about the place, & photo's were allowed. Close by to Circular Quay

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Brisbane, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016 via mobile

Great little museum, its part of the living sydney museum pass. It doesn't take long to get through. We found it very interesting, probably not suitable for children

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Wellington, New Zealand
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 September 2016

Small museum with an interesting history of law enforcement in Sydney. We would like for it to have been bigger and more interactive but that's just our personal views. In general, it was ok.

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Bunbury, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 September 2016

This small museum is as much about the building as the development of the modern day Police Force. There are interesting and good exhibits, some disturbing artefacts used in bad times and some ugly crimes/history discussed. The tour is worth joining and the guide informative although you can still enjoy the museum solo if necessary. Some parental guidance will be... More 

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