I am going to be extremely honest here, I have no idea what to write about the place. I am quite sure you know by not what i am not so much a reader. So here is just a jist of what i know about The Museum of Sydney and its uses. Other than that, just enjoy the photos of me pretentiously giving my attention to the artefacts on display.
The Museum of Sydney used to be the first Australian Government House (well thats one interesting fact, I think). It was built in 1788 during the governance of the migrant convicts. The public entrance to the museum is from the First Government House Place in Bridge Street. The outline of the Phillip’s Residence, the first Government House is marked out on the plaza with inlaid stones. During excavation, exposed were covered drains dated way back to the late 1790s and brick barrel drains dated to 1811. The remaining drains are shown in its original context in the museum lobby, in glass display cases built into the pavement of the forecourt.
The museum formerly commissioned as the First Government House Museum which when the museum building was fully constructed be renamed to the Museum of Sydney on the site of the First Government House. Quite a mouthful you might say? Yes, I would say the same, thus the site later became known unofficially as Museum of Sydney.
The new museum building designed by Denton Corker Marshall Architects based and established in Melbourne. The museum which was built as part of the Governor Phillip Tower houses a vast amount of archeological remains during Sydney’s convict era and is explored in showcases of goods and chattels recovered form 25 archeological digs. The museum also displays panoramic view of Sydney from 1788 until today, stretched across walls to show the difference between now and then.
Last but not least, located on the forecourt, right before the main public entrance of the museum which what looks like tree barks is an award-winning sculpture ‘Edge of the Trees’, interpreting the side of the first contact between the Aborigines and those arriving on the First Fleet.
Museum of Sydney is filled with information about the First Fleet and elaborates into the details of how many were on board each ship. I would strongly advise you to visit the museum if you are into the early beginnings of Australia. If not, maybe just visit the outside (wink-wink).
Well, thats all the facts I know (I do know more, but I might fall asleep while typing it out), do check out Museum of Sydney if you’re in town! Ciao!
Corner of Phillip Street & Bridge Street
Sydney, NSW 2000