Museums in New South Wales with kids

A place where kids can learn, AND have a great time? Surely not! 

When it comes to museums in New South Wales, that’s exactly what you will find! The many fascinating museums in New South Wales offer a range of topics, with many perfectly designed to visit with children. 

Art lovers in the family? Take your pick!  Looking for interactive museums with endless fun things to do with kids? Where would you like to start!?  Nature…history…transport…the list is endless!

Museums have become incredible places to go with kids where they can learn, interact, and be introduced to a whole new world of wonder.

Learning CAN be fun in New South Wales…and museums are the best place to start! Enjoy!

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  • Wollongong Science Centre and Planetarium

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    North Wollongong

    Comprising the interactive Exhibit Hall, visually immersive Planetarium shows, the public observatory and the thrilling Science Theatre. Supremely entertaining for curious kids!

  • The Australian Motorlife Museum

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    Wollongong

    Drive into the past at the Australian Motorlife Museum! A fascinating history into the world of motors!

  • Illawarra Museum

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    Wollongong

    A fascinating look at how Illawarra has changed over the years. Have a look around the historical classroom, air raid shelter, colonial kitchen and blacksmith's shop to get a taste of a bygone era.

  • Australian National Maritime Museum

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    Sydney

    Maritime fun with fascinating artefacts, lively exhibitions, fun activities and even the chance to board ships and experience life on the water!

  • Australian Astronomical Observatory

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    Coonabarabran

    Get a chance to explore this world class optical and infrared observing facility, through visitors' gallery and exhibition area or a guided tour.

  • Art Gallery NSW

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    Sydney

    Fine international and Australian arts in a spacious, sincerely family friendly environment providing kids' activities, trails, tour and more.

  • The Australian Museum

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    Sydney

    With several child suitable sections, and a welcoming attitude to families throughout the rest.

  • Museum of Fire

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    Penrith

    Fire fighting history presented in era spanning collections with a speciality on vehicles, plus children's play and activities area where they can drive a little fire engine too!

  • Trainworks Railway Museum

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    Thirlmere

    Explore a huge range of Steam Engines, Carriages and Rolling Stock from the 1800s and 1900s, with interactive exhibits, & heritage train rides too!

  • The Big Golden Guitar

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    Tamworth

    offers a friendly and photographically iconic tourist stop with collectors' museum, “The Gallery of Stars” Country Music Wax Museum and a huge collection of country music.

  • Gunnedah Rural Museum

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    Gunnedah

    offers over 1600 exhibits focussing on early agriculture and transport memorabilia, featuring tractors, steam engines and other impressive items.

  • The Powerhouse Motorcycle Museum

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    Tamworth

    offers a vintage vehicle experience with over 50 examples of motorcycles from the 1950s to 1980s focussing on Ducati, Triumph, Honda, Velocette and Laverda with special exhibits including rare ...

  • The Gil Bennet Gem and Mineral Collection

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    Nundle

    Represents the best of 20 years' dedicated collecting, plus gold rush exhibits and kids can learn how to pan effectively for gold, and you can get information here on local fossicking destinations to ...

  • The Museum of the Riverina Botanic Gardens

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    Wagga Wagga

    Fun landscaped formal gardens to explore, as well as KIdzone, a discovery playspace for 5 to 12 year olds.

  • The Museum of the Riverina

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    Wagga Wagga

    A look into the history of the Riverina area with fascinating exhibitions and a dedicated kids zone.

  • Wagga Wagga Art Gallery

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    Wagga Wagga

    offers tours, interactive workshops, special events and a varying programme of innovative displays which intrinsically appeal to children.

  • Hyde Park Barracks

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    Sydney

    Gives kids the chance to empathise with a toned down convict experience, they can try on shackles and slip into a hammock, or follow the clues of the Rat's Trail and win a prize.

  • Justice and Police Museum

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    Sydney

    Explore what prison life was like in Sydney, and what it took to find and lock the criminals up! Open weekends only in Sydney!

  • Madame Tussauds

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    Sydney

    Rub shoulders with your favourite stars at Madame Tussauds, where life-like wax figures await!

  • State Library of New South Wales

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    Sydney

    Collections and exhibitions covering all manner of social, natural, environmental and political history. Who thought a library could be so fascinating!

  • Museum of Contemporary Art Australia

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    The Rocks

    Art fun in Sydney at this popular museum, filled with exhibits, workshops, and talks. Free entry, with free kids' trails and guided tours too!

  • Sydney Tramway Museum

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    Loftus

    Step back in time at this fun Sydney museum, where you can explore a museum, and jump aboard a historic tram!

  • The Rocks Discovery Museum

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    Sydney

    A FREE Sydney museum with four permanent galleries showcasing local history from pre-European days to present, with interactive displays great for kids.

  • Sturt Craft Centre

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    Mittagong

    A centre filled with exhibitions of various artworks, as well as beautiful landscaped gardens.

  • Maitland Regional Art Gallery

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    Maitland

    An eclectic range of artistic, interpretive and historical exhibitions perfect for the whole family.

  • Armidale Aboriginal Cultural Centre and Keeping Place

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    Armidale

    A fascinating community-based centre in Armidale that introduces kids to the diversity of the Australian Indigenous culture and arts.

  • Western Plains Cultural Centre

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    Dubbo

    A fascinating cultural experience for kids with collections, exhibitions, events and workshops covering a range of amazing topics in art and history

  • Australian Country Music Hall of Fame

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    Tamworth

    Country music comes to life at this Australian Hall of Fame, with artefacts and exhibits on some of our greatest artists!

  • Powerstation Museum

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    Tamworth

    A fascinating museum in Tamworth, with exhibits on the history of electricity, and the impact it has had on society.

  • Bathurst Regional Art Gallery

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    Bathurst

    A cultural experience for the older kids to appreciate artwork from local Bathurst artists!

  • Australian Fossil and Mineral Museum

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    Bathurst

    Home of the Somerville Collection, this Bathurst museum lets kids get up close to some amazing fossils and minerals from all around the world!

  • National Motor Racing Museum

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    Bathurst

    Over 50 cars and 60 bikes on display at this great museum dedicated to the excitement and history of racing!

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  • Luna Park

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    Milsons Point

    Luna Park! The famous landmark of Sydney where families have been enjoying rides and games since the 1930s. And now it's your turn!

  • Magic Mountain

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    Merimbula

    Magic Mountain! The whole family can have a crazy day of fun on a ton of rides, from the thrilling to the ones perfect for the little ones. The Diamond Python Rollercoaster, the Mini Grand Prix ...

  • Jamberoo Water Park

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    Jamberoo

    Jamberoo Action Park is New South Wales' BIGGEST theme park. How does that sound! Get ready to get WET!