The Rocks Discovery Museum

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.

The Rocks Discovery Museum, Kendall Lane, The Rocks, NSW
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Housed in a restored 1850s sandstone warehouse, the museum is home to a unique collection of images and archaeological artefacts found in The Rocks – some of which you can even hold.

The exhibits are filled with interactive fun, using touch screens, audio and visual elements to bring the history of the area alive.

Four permanent exhibitions have been developed in close consultation with the Metropolitan Aboriginal Land Council which share the history and stories of the area and the impact of European settlement. The exhibitions cover the periods:

Warrane (pre-1788)
Colony (1788–1820)
Port (1820–1900)
Transformations (1900–present)
You can 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. So make sure you treat yourself and do just that!


The Tea Cosy and Pancakes on the Rocks are nearby and kid friendly


SYDNEY EXPLORER BUS: Stop 26, George St, cnr Alfred St (opp DFS Galleria)
FERRY: Circular Quay Terminal, 7 minutes walk
TRAIN: Circular Quay Station, 7 minutes walk
BUS: The 393 ,436, 372, 504 run frequently to Circular Quay, 7 minutes walk
CAR: Wilson Car Park Stations at 155 George Street and 35 Pitt Street

For more places to visit and eat out check out our 'Visiting The Rocks with Kids' Guide click here!

Entry at ground level is accessible to strollers and wheelchairs but the first floor is not.
Location and Details
The Rocks Discovery Museum, Kendall Lane, The Rocks, NSW
Daily 10am to 5pm
02 9240 8680