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The Rocks Discovery Museum school holidays

Draw your own mini master piece and turn it into a badge

The Rocks Discovery Museum is a free, family friendly museum that tells the story of the area from pre-European days to the present.

Visit the museum and be inspired by its artefacts and surroundings. Kids can draw their own mini-masterpiece, which we’ll then help them turn into a badge they can take home!

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.



Weekdays, 11am to 1pm

Monday 7 January to Friday 25 January 2019


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