Museum of Sydney

Photograph of a wooden model depicting a First Fleet ship.
First Fleet Ships


Ship size length: 32 metres (105 feet); width: 8.5 metres (28 feet); weight: 343 tonnes (338 tons)

Painting of first Government House created by Jacob Janssen, 1850.

Demolished: First Government House

Built on a prominent rise overlooking Sydney Cove, first Government House served as the official residence and administrative office for the first nine governors of New South Wales

Edge of the Trees installation, Museum of Sydney forecourt
Permanent display

Edge of Trees

This site-specific piece commissioned for the forecourt of the Museum of Sydney at its opening in 1995 was created by artists Fiona Foley and Janet Laurence

Guests at the launch of Sydney Open 2018 listening to speakers Dr Caroline Butler Bowden, Director of Strategy and Engagement at Sydney Living Museums and Lisa Davies, Editor of the Sydney Morning Herald in the Gold Melting Room at the Mint
16 April, 2 May, 3 June - 2pm

Films: Just Not Australian

Watch a curated selection of films that relate to the themes of the exhibition and the included works

First Fleet ship models, Museum of Sydney
Permanent display

First Fleet Ships

This display explores the journey, arrival and first contacts of this fleet’s largely unwilling human cargo

Tony Albert. Photo by Mel Savage
13 April, 6pm

First Nations Speaker Series: Tony Albert

Presented in collaboration with GML Heritage and the Research Centre for Deep History at the Australian National University

[First Government House, Sydney] / watercolour drawing by John Eyre

First encounters

The Museum of Sydney is built on and around a site that links us to the very beginnings of modern Australia

Museum of Sydney
29 April & 13 May, 2pm

Floor Talk: Meet the Artist and Curator

Come meet one of the artists in Just Not Australian and an Artspace curator as they share insight into their work and the exhibition.

Visitors to the Gadigal Place exhibition, Museum of Sydney
Permanent display

Gadigal Place

The Gadigal Place gallery honours the diverse and complex history, culture and survival of the Gadigal clan on whose land the Museum of Sydney stands