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The Rocks Discovery Museum

Kendall Lane
The Rocks

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Opening Hours

10am – 5pm, daily
Closed Good Friday and Christmas Day

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A free, family friendly museum which tells the story of The Rocks from pre-European days to the present.

You’ll love The Rocks Discovery Museum; packed with thousands of years of history!

Housed in a restored 1850s sandstone warehouse, the museum is home to a unique collection of images and archaeological artefacts found in The Rocks – some of which you can even hold.

The exhibits are filled with interactive fun, audio and visual elements to bring the history of the area alive.

Four permanent exhibitions have been developed in close consultation with the Metropolitan Aboriginal Land Council which share the history and stories of the area and the impact of European settlement. The exhibitions cover the periods:

  • Warrane (pre-1788)
  • Colony (1788–1820)
  • Port (1820–1900)
  • Transformations (1900–present)

You can 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. So make sure you treat yourself and do just that!

Entry is free but bookings are essential for self-guided school groups.

Take a virtual tour from expert guides who will tell the real history of the Gadigal Aboriginal people. 

Learn about the Tallawoladah and Tumbalong Precincts (The Rocks and Darling Harbour Precincts) Reconciliation Action Plan

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