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The Rocks Discovery Museum

Kendall Lane, The Rocks | The Rocks, Sydney, New South Wales 2000, Australia
+61 2 9240 8680
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Nice 1.5 hours

My husband, son and I enjoyed learning more about the historical Rocks area of Sydney. The building... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Liz N
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Informative and free!

Gives a good overview of the history of this distinct part of Sydney. Helpful guides and lots of... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
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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 | The Rocks, Sydney, New South Wales 2000, Australia
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

My husband, son and I enjoyed learning more about the historical Rocks area of Sydney. The building is very old and contains interesting artifacts such as china dishes and other house hold items. There are 5 interesting documentaries about life in the Rocks which were...More

Thank Liz N
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Gives a good overview of the history of this distinct part of Sydney. Helpful guides and lots of good information. If you find the tourist information in this area it is the road next to it - might be helpful if you get lost!

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Reviewed 20 April 2018 via mobile

This is not a large museum, however, it is quite interesting. There is quite a bit to read, there are artefacts displayed in every room and there are short documentaries to watch. Over the previous years there has been a lot of archaeology conducted in...More

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Reviewed 15 April 2018 via mobile

Gives some info on how the Rocks came to be but the artefacts are of poor quality, displays full and little to mainatin the interest of kids

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Reviewed 12 April 2018

This small, free museum expects you to do a lot of reading. Interesting but tiring in the end. I'd have liked more artefacts and less reading.

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Reviewed 11 April 2018 via mobile

This is a free museum, and although small, it has some great artifacts and interesting information to help understand the culture and local area. I saw the Asian Civilisations Museum in Singapore last month and I noticed some interesting parallels with Dutch and British that...More

Thank Michelle Z
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Reviewed 10 April 2018

This little free museum is tucked away in The Rocks but definitely worth a look. Just 2 floors of exhibits, touch screens, audio clips, etc. that tell the history of The Rocks area in chronological order. Good way to learn about early Sydney and even...More

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Reviewed 6 April 2018

This is the best way to learn about the early days of Sydney. They have a combination of exhibits and video presentations to assit your insight.

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Reviewed 23 March 2018

I actually had trouble finding the entrance to this little museum as it is tucked away a bit, but it was just a simple task of asking a nearby shop owner to direct me. I had the morning to kill before my flight and this...More

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Reviewed 21 March 2018

It's easy to find narrow Kendall Lane where this museum was located. At George and Argyle Street, walk 1 block on Argyle street and turn right on the first lane. Signage for Kendall Lane appears high up the brick building on Argyle Street. The Rocks...More

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