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The Rocks Discovery Museum

Kendall Lane | The Rocks, Sydney, New South Wales 2000, Australia
+61 2 9240 8680
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Be a tourist in your own town

It's free! It's interesting! It's for all ages! Not the Rocksb as you know it: this is a little... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
laura c
Sydney, Australia
Revisiting of the Rocks and seeking out past shops

The Rocks seem to have changed over the time it does not seem to have the same buzz of old. Many... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Alec Y
Auckland Region, New Zealand
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The Rocks Discovery Museum is a free, family friendly museum which tells the story of The Rocks area of Sydney from pre-European days to the present. Housed in a restored 1850s sandstone warehouse, The Rocks Discovery Museum is home to a unique collection of images and archaeological artefacts found in The Rocks. The exhibits are filled with interactive fun, using touch screens, audio and visual elements to bring the history of the area alive.Learn about the area's traditional custodians, the establishment of the English colony and the time when sailors, whalers and traders made The Rocks their home; through to the 1970s union-led protests which preserved this unique part of Sydney for future generations to explore and enjoy.
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Kendall Lane | The Rocks, Sydney, New South Wales 2000, Australia
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+61 2 9240 8680
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Reviewed 3 days ago

It's free! It's interesting! It's for all ages! Not the Rocksb as you know it: this is a little gem of a spot, so if history and information turn you on, Google them up and wind your way here for a great kick off to...More

Thank laura c
Reviewed 1 week ago

The Rocks seem to have changed over the time it does not seem to have the same buzz of old. Many of the shops have changed hands and the goods on sale does not seem inviting to buy

Thank Alec Y
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This museum is a great stop if you haven't been on any historical tours through the city. It's interesting but covers a lot of the same things with pictures instead of actually walking around in it.

Thank ericalindsey
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Excellent displays of artifacts relating to aboriginal and colonial history. There was much to be learned. The museum is not large, but it is well maintained and worth a visit.

Thank Sharon L
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Almost walked past this little gem tucked away in a small street/alleyway just down the street from the argyle stairs. Lots of info regarding history of Sydney including plenty of audio visuals. I actually spent most of my time upstairs in the special exhibit about...More

Thank sazoram
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Luckily The Rocks is one part of Sydney that hasn't succumbed totally to the modern world; you still get a sense of early Sydney history and this museum helps you understand the past and the changes over the years.

Thank RonWamberal
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Must visit this museum for a great insight on the early history of Sydney. It has decent exhibits and very good videos about the Rocks area and its orignial aborignee inhabitants. The entry is free and there are a lot of eating places near it.

Thank Damanig
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This is one of those places which I discovered just by accident rather than by intention. Located on one of the many narrow laneways in the Rocks, the museum is situated in a restored sandstone warehouse building. Entrance is free (10am-5pm), although a gold coin...More

Thank Dingo_dude
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Tucked away in a side street, this is a great insight into the history of the Rocks area, showing the lifestyles of the early inhabitants and the development of the area. The museum building is in one of the period homes, and exposes some of...More

Thank GeoBrisbane
Reviewed 15 May 2017

This is a great little museum. Well worth a visit. Very informative and interesting. Enjoyed a couple of hours here.

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The Rocks
The first residents of the Rocks were convicts and
sailors from the old nation. As the oldest
neighbourhood in the city, the area's cobblestone
streets host more than 100 heritage sites and
buildings, including the oldest house in Sydney,
Camden Cottage, which was built in 1816. Taste a “midi
“ or a “schooner” of beer and dine “al fresco” on the
waterfront at some of the oldest pubs in Sydney. The
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