Justice & Police Museum

Character-filled spaces rich in Sydney’s underworld history

Overlooking Circular Quay in Sydney’s CBD, the Justice & Police Museum has a colourful and chequered past and provides a fascinating setting to host a range of events and experience.

A brief history

The town of Sydney was thriving by the 1850s. With the recent end of convict transportation, the discovery of gold and improved transport and communications, people of all kinds flooded through the bustling port. This was the beat of the Water Police and the area of interest for the magistrates of the Water Police Court. The new Water Police Court was completed by 1856, and the new Water Police Station soon after. In 1886 a Police Court was squeezed between the two buildings, making the three-building complex one of the busiest legal precincts in the colony. Today the Justice & Police Museum explores the gritty history of crime, policing and justice. Full of character, the museum’s beautiful wood-panelled rooms and historic spaces provide a unique setting for events.

Venue services

A dedicated member of our friendly venue services team at the Justice & Police Museum will work closely with you to create a successful and memorable event experience. Whether this is planning a themed cocktail soiree or dinner event, or working with you on your next corporate booking, our team of event professionals is here to help.


The Justice & Police Museum features integrated AV facilities supported by our in-house audiovisual services team, ensuring clients have access to seamless technology experiences.

Event catering

Food and beverage services at the Justice & Police Museum are provided by Pearl Catering. Pearl’s team of restaurant and catering professionals bring a true commitment to event management, creativity and innovation.

Gold Licence caterers are also welcome to operate on this site upon application.

Make the most of this unique venue

Crooks and cops, thugs and judges, locals and drifters – the guilty and innocent have all left their mark and stories here. Give your guests a fascinating behind-the-scenes perspective with a specialised curator-led tour, and don’t miss the museum’s extraordinary collection of police forensic photography dating from 1912 to 1948 in the City of Shadows exhibition.

Corner Albert and Phillip Streets, Circular Quay, Sydney, NSW 2000

Justice & Police Museum

Corner Albert and Phillip Streets, Circular Quay, Sydney, NSW 2000Directions, transport and parking

Rooms and capacities

The Water Police Court at the Justice & Police Museum with a theatre seating setup and large projector screen for venue hire.

The Water Police Court

This heritage courtroom features a magistrate’s bench and canopy, high ceilings, beautiful wood panelling and excellent acoustics

  • Theatre
  • Caberet
  • Dining
  • Cocktail
  • U-Shape
  • Boardroom
View of the Police Court, Justice and Police Museum

Police Court, Charge Room & Cells

Bring the venue’s past to life for your guests with a mock trial

Cocktail tables and lounge in the Summons Courtroom of the Justice & Police Museum

Summons Courtroom

The summons courtroom and covered sandstone verandah overlook Circular Quay

  • Theatre
  • Cocktail