Museum of Sydney

A modern museum built on a historic site

Built on the site of Australia’s first Government House and a five-minute walk from Circular Quay, the Museum of Sydney is a beautifully designed, purpose-built museum and event space.

A brief history

A modern museum built over and around the fragile remains of Australia’s first Government House, the Museum of Sydney celebrates the people and events that have shaped the character and soul of this city. In 1788 Governor Phillip chose this site for his official residence. It quickly became the centre of the colony’s administrative and social life, and an important focus of first contact between the Gadigal people and the colonisers. Home to the next eight governors, the house saw the public and private lives of the colony’s leading citizens play out, until 1846 when most of the buildings had been demolished. Today the Museum of Sydney explores the stories of this city from its origins to now, while the remains of the original building can be glimpsed through glass openings in the museum forecourt and foyer.

Venue services

A dedicated member of our friendly venue services team at the Museum of Sydney will work closely with you to create a successful and memorable event experience. Whether this is planning a presentation or annual general meeting in the purpose-built theatre, or a unique evening experience in the museum, our team of event professionals is here to help.


The Museum of Sydney features integrated AV facilities supported by our in-house audiovisual services team, ensuring clients have access to seamless technology experiences including videoconferencing and hybrid event options.

Event catering

Food and beverage services at the Museum of Sydney are provided exclusively by House Made Hospitality – operators of This Way Canteen and the acclaimed restaurants at Hinchcliff House. House Made Hospitality offer thoughtful, high-quality and delicious food menus and drink packages, and champion seasonal ingredients, sustainable produce and local vendors.

Make the most of this unique venue

The Museum of Sydney’s diverse program of exhibitions adds atmosphere and interest to every event. Give your guests a fascinating behind-the-scenes perspective with a specialised tour or exhibition viewing.

Our experts can also design a customised tour around your particular area of interest such as architecture and design, arts and crafts, food and dining, or genealogy. Please speak to our venue services team for more details.

Corner Phillip and Bridge Streets, Sydney, NSW 2000

Museum of Sydney

Corner Phillip and Bridge Streets, Sydney, NSW 2000Directions, transport and parking

Rooms and capacities

 Warrane Theatre Museum of Sydney

Warrane Theatre & First Fleet Gallery

Fixed tiered seating and fully integrated audiovisual facilities make an ideal venue for conferences and the flexible foyer is perfect for post-networking cocktails

  • Theatre
  • Cocktail
Dinner setting with gold accent lighting in the Viewing Cube at the Museum of Sydney

Viewing Cube

An extraordinary space for an intimate dinner or cocktail party that offers spectacular views of Phillip Street and Circular Quay

  • Dining
  • Cocktail
Formal dining arrangement in the Governor Phillip Hall with a view of the First Fleet Gallery at the Museum of Sydney

Governor Phillip Hall & First Fleet Gallery

Spend a night at the museum amongst a dramatically lit backdrop of sandstone and limewashed brick

  • Dining
  • Cocktail
Guests attending a cocktail party in the foyer of the Museum of Sydney

Museum of Sydney & This Way Canteen

The ultimate option for large cocktail event experiences for up to 400 guests

  • Cocktail