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The Rocks Discovery Museum Sydney

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The Rocks Discovery Museum
Kendall Lane
Sydney
NSW
2000
Tel: 02 9240 8680

Directions

Enter via Argyle Street.

Where are we going today?

There is SO much to learn when it comes to Australian history, so why not start in The Rocks! After all, it has the Rocks Discovery Museum, and that's where you can spend your family day out learning all about thousands of years of history. So great ready to have a fun learning experience!

You want to know what else is super fun about the museum? It's FREE!

The Rocks Discovery Museum focuses on the local history of Sydney and The Rocks, from pre-European times onwards. There are interactive displays, as well as fun touch screens and multi media elements for the kids, so learning can be fun and through hands-on experiences.

There are four permanent exhibitions within the museum, that chart the surrounding area's development in every area - so it's fascinating to see how much one area can change to quickly - and it's right where you're standing!

Just imagine walking outside the museum, and being transported back 200 years! How would like have been?

Don't miss the archaeological artefacts that can be found in an 1850s sandstone warehouse too.  These were found actually in The Rocks, and some of them you can hold! Who do you think were the names and faces behind these artefacts? How do you think they lived?

Kids can find out all about the establishment of the English colony, and when sailers and whalers made The Rocks home.

Lots of fun and learning at the Rocks Discovery Museum - what will YOU learn today!

 

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How much does it cost?

  • AdultsFree!
  • ChildrenFree!
LAST UPDATED 2016

When can we go?

10am - 5pm daily.

Closed Good Friday and Christmas Day

Teachers corner

Sydney Learning Adventures operates two programs that incorporate a visit to the RDM: The Rocks Dreaming and Groundwork: Archaeology at The Rocks. Self-guided school groups must book in advance. .

I'm Hungry!

You're in The Rocks! There are plenty of places to enjoy incredible foods to fill those learning tummies!.

Healthy Eating!

The Rocks has a ton of healthy options to enjoy.

Any Top Tips?

It's worth allowing a couple of hours to really see everything in the museum.

Need a little extra help?

The building is fitted with a lift to access the first floor and is push and wheelchair friendly..

What people are saying?

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    It was cool to see the history of The Rocks. The museum itself is pretty small with about 4 rooms to go through. Each room there was sounds and voices that activate as you come inside (heat-sensitive?) They offer tours for groups. This is also a museum with free admission.

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    The Rocks Discovery Centre is, ironically enough, rather hard to discover, hidden away down a backstreet in The Rocks. However, in a city where everywhere costs, this free history of Sydney's tourist hub - from the Aboriginals through to the criminality and vice that populated the area in the early 1900s to the council's cleaning up of the area, this small centre gives pause for thought and a wonderful sense of history. It won't take up long, but is well worth seeking out if you want to find out more about one of Sydney's more colourful.

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    As an archaeology student I am a little biased towards this place. That aside, if you are any kind of fan of Australian history you will get a kick out of this place. There are bound to be a few surprises behind the glass that will delight and fascinate you.

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    Small but interesting display hidden in a back alley in The Rocks. The information is an intriguing look into the area and it's development - and the best part is that it's all free, save for a gold coin donation!

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