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Reviewed 9 December 2012

This gem of a museum is tucked in a back street not far from the Visitors' Centre in The Rocks area of Sydney. It is a 'must' to visit if you want an overview of the development of Sydney from its pre colonial days. What I particularly liked was the way that it gave a very balanced history, taking into sensitive consideration the indigenous peoples. Absolutely fantastic....and its FREE!

I would suggest making a donation on your way out as the state government has apparently slashed funding for education & heritage!!

Date of experience: November 2012
Thank Steve W
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Reviewed 6 December 2012 via mobile

Didnt know about this museum but found it while in the Rocks. Loved it!!!! So interesting. Especially loved the stories about the convicts and the interesting lives they led. A must see.

Thank SarahS4
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Reviewed 16 November 2012

Weaving through the lanes and alleys at The Rocks, I stumbled upon this nice, cosy place. I thoroughly enjoyed learning how the world was colonized from the 13th century and how Australia came about. I just loved the last 25 minutes before closing. :-)

Date of experience: November 2012
Thank Chin-Fah
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Reviewed 8 November 2012

This little museum is located down a cobbled alley at the heart of The Rocks. It can be tricky to find but you'll be glad you did. It offers a fascinating bite-size history of this historic area - from the aboriginal inhabitants to the building of the Harbour Bridge and right up to the present day. It's a tiny place so you can get round it in less than an hour . There are plenty of original artefacts and stories of colourful characters (we particularly liked the story of George Cribb, the infamous criminal butcher.) Staff are friendly and enthusiastic about sharing stories of the area. There are plenty of hands-on activities for kids and they run excellent holiday programs too. To top it off, it's all free! Unusual in Sydney where most museums and historical attractions charge a fee. I would say this is one of the best kept secrets in Sydney. Great that it includes aboriginal history too.

Date of experience: April 2012
Thank amyonline
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Reviewed 3 November 2012

Lovely small museum packed with information and artifacts. Free entry. Friendly,helpful staff. Great to get some real history behind The Rocks.

Date of experience: October 2012
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