The Rocks Discovery Museum
The Rocks Discovery Museum
4.5
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
The Rocks Discovery Museum is a free, family friendly museum which tells the story of The Rocks area of Sydney from pre-European days to the present. Housed in a restored 1850s sandstone warehouse, The Rocks Discovery Museum is home to a unique collection of images and archaeological artefacts found in The Rocks. The exhibits are filled with interactive fun, using touch screens, audio and visual elements to bring the history of the area alive.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.
Duration: 1-2 hours
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The area
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Neighbourhood: The Rocks
The first residents of the Rocks were convicts and sailors from the old nation. As the oldest neighbourhood in the city, the area's cobblestone streets host more than 100 heritage sites and buildings, including the oldest house in Sydney, Camden Cottage, which was built in 1816. Taste a “midi “ or a “schooner” of beer and dine “al fresco” on the waterfront at some of the oldest pubs in Sydney. The weekend markets at the Rocks are where you can find local artists' hand-made souvenirs, organic food and designer jewelry in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere. To enjoy some of the best Australian and international contemporary art, the MCA museum is open every day and select evenings. At the end of a long day of sightseeing, be sure to save energy to dance the night away at the area's many late night entertainment venues.
How to get there
  • Circular Quay • 5 min walk
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tammyBaltimore_Md
Baltimore, MD2,442 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Solo
Stumbled onto this small museum behind the Rock centre mall, free to enter, rich in history dating back in the late 1800's, fabulous old artifacts encased on both levels.
FYI stairs a little tricky coming on, elevator also available to use.
Close to many other great places to visit
Written 4 April 2024
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30o
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Solo
Nice to get info on history and appreciate the vital contribution of first nation. Enjoyed the movie on archaeology and the time line of history
Written 11 February 2024
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ABDH
Sydney15 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Family
Really interesting and a diverse history of Australia. Free and friendly staff. Easy to access. But narrow and low ceilings just as it was when the British invaded.
Written 3 February 2024
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london057
Dublin, OH696 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Family
This is an interesting museum.Another thing this museum has a whole history thing on the Rocks 🪨. Also they also have stuff on the Aboriginal people . Lastly, you only need to visit this museum once .
Written 26 January 2024
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Marina E
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Couples
We found this experience encapsulating and most interesting. We loved the European and Indigenous aspects of the displays and videos. We recommend this museum to all. Well worth a visit.
Written 2 January 2024
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Kelli M
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Family
This is a "hidden gem"; very informative, friendly staff. Much appreciated.

My elder father would have liked the lift to be operational, but if you can, the second floor has media presentations worth the climb.
Written 22 December 2023
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Steven Z
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Family
So important to the story of Australia and its people. Nathan was an amazing tour guide and showed us key portions of the museum. What a wonderful experience!! And it’s free!!
Written 14 December 2023
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EM C
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Family
Small Museum with great snippets and exhibit artifacts of Australian history, specifically about “the Rocks” area.

Definitely a great stop by to go to!
Written 10 September 2023
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Linda A
Rancho Palos Verdes, CA4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Couples
Great ROCK history! The gent who was there 23rd of Aug, was extremely helpful & knowledgeable. Appreciated all of Australia for their “free” museums, galleries, experiences; offered to tourists from all around the world!
Thanking all Aussies from us from Los Angeles, California USA. You all have GREAT QUALITY OF LIFE!
Written 24 August 2023
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coldvalley
World128 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
July 2023 • Family
Beautiful old building full of well displayed and interesting items with plenty of information. Also, it's free, so you really can't go wrong.
Written 4 August 2023
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