17 Kid Friendly Museums In Sydney and Beyond

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We’re spoilt for choice when it comes to things to do in Sydney and surrounds, including a long list of museums. Here is our recommendation for the top kid-friendly museums near us and also a bit further afield. When education is fun, you know you’re onto a winner!

 

Museum of Contemporary Art

140 George St, The Rocks

No, it’s not just for adults! The kids will get a great kick out of this fabulous museum and the adults will have just as good a time.

Cost: Free general admission

Website: www.mca.com.au

Australian National Maritime Museum

2 Murray St, Sydney

Australia’s national centre for maritime collections, exhibitions, research and archaeology. Experience stimulating exhibitions and events that show Australia’s maritime history and connect the stories, objects, people and places.

Cost: Adult: $25, Child: $15, Concession: FREE, Family: $65, Child (under 4) & members: FREE

Website: www.sea.museum

Powerhouse Museum

500 Harris St, Ultimo

Although often described as a science museum, the Powerhouse has a diverse collection encompassing all sorts of technology including decorative arts, science, communication, transport, costume, furniture, media, computer technology, space technology and steam engines.

Cost: Free entry

Website: maas.museum/powerhouse-museum

Australian Museum

1 William St, Darlinghurst

Where nature, science & culture intersect. It is Australia’s first museum and has over 21 million scientific specimens and cultural objects in its’ collections.

Cost: Free general admission

Website: australian.museum

Sydney Observatory

1003 Upper Fort Street, Millers Point

This spectacular state-listed heritage site is home to Australia’s most accessible telescope domes, a 3D Space Theatre and the Sydney Planetarium.

Cost: Free

Website: maas.museum/sydney-observatory

Sydney Living Museums

Known collectively as Sydney Living Museums, there are twelve heritage properties in the group to explore. Each boasts beautiful grounds and a story from Australia’s past at every turn, and there are always exciting activities on the calendar.

From early gastronomy and home interiors to historic gardens, the great social divide, rural lives, crime and punishment the kids will find this as fascinating as the adults. 

Museums Discovery Centre

172 Showground Rd, Castle Hill

Permanent exhibitions include displays of machines, technology, and transport, domestic appliances and toys, architecture and design, scientific instruments and specimens of animals, minerals and plants.

A visit to the MDC also provides you with a rare opportunity to learn about museum collecting, conservation and research practices.

Cost: Free general admission

Website: https://maas.museum/museums-discovery-centre/

The Rocks Discovery Museum

Kendall Lane, The Rocks

A free, family friendly museum which tells the story of The Rocks from pre-European days to the present. 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, audio and visual elements to bring the history of the area alive.

Cost: Free

Website: www.therocks.com/shop/the-rocks-discovery-museum

Q Station Manly

1 North Head Scenic Drive. Manly

While not technically a museum, the walking tour and Ghost tour (for kids 8+) are both fascinating opportunities to explores heritage buildings to discover the stories of migrants through the 19th and 20th centuries.

Cost: $20 adult, $10 child, $18 concession

Website: www.qstation.com.au

The Campbelltown Steam & Machinery Museum

86 Menangle Rd, Menangle Park

The Campbelltown Steam & Machinery Museum preserves the history of Australia’s working past and includes interactive displays of industrial, agricultural and steam machinery. They have two main  “Field Days” a year in May and October where you can see the machinery in action.

Cost: Adults $12, children $6

Website: www.csmm.com.au

Further afield

NSW Rail Museum

10 Barbour Road, Thirlmere

Since 1975 the historic town of Thirlmere in Sydney’s southwest has been home to a significant rail heritage collection, including over 100 rolling stock items, associated with the history of the railways in NSW. Bring the whole family and enjoy a steam train ride every Saturday & Sunday at the NSW Rail Museum.

Cost: Train ride from $5, museum +train rides from $15

Website: www.nswrailmuseum.com.au

Royal Australian Mint

Denison Street, Deakin, Canberra

The sole producer of Australia’s circulating coins, custodians of the National Coin Collection and producer of beautiful collector coins. See how coins are made and mint one for yourself!

Cost: Free

Website: www.ramint.gov.au/visit-mint

Questacon

King Edward Terrace, Canberra

This National Science and Technology Centre is filled with hundreds of interactive science and technology exhibits. Kids can learn about Scince and Tech in a fun, interactive, and relevant way

Cost: $18.90 per child (4yrs +), Adults $24.50

Website: www.questacon.edu.au

National Museum of Australia

Lawson Crescent, Acton Peninsula, Canberra

Australia’s stories come alive at the National Museum of Australia. The Museum’s stunning architecture provides an extraordinary place to explore the rich and diverse stories of Australia and its people. At Kspace, the Museum’s new interactive kids’ adventure game played in teams of 4, kids design a time-travelling robot and enter a Time Pod blasting them back to a mystery location in Australia’s past.

Cost: Free

Website: www.nma.gov.au

Early Start Discovery Space

Building 21 University of Wollongong, Northfields Ave, Wollongong

Inspire their imagination and curiosity at Australia’s first dedicated hands-on children’s museum – perfect for children (birth – 10 years) and adults to enjoy together. We wrote a whole article about it here.

Cost: Starting at $10

Website: www.earlystartdiscoveryspace.edu.au

Science Space

60 Squires Way, North Wollongong

Science Space is an interactive adventure for the curious mind. Over 90 exhibits, 5 dinosaurs, amazing science shows, NSW’s most advanced planetarium and infinite fun!

Cost: Tickets start at $12

Website: sciencespace.com.au

Australian Fossil and Mineral Museum

Howick Street, Bathurst

The Australian Fossil and Mineral Museum permanently houses the Somerville Collection of fossils and minerals and features some of the finest and rarest specimens of mineral crystals and fossils from around the world. The collection contains over 5,000 objects and is presented together to give a stronger understanding of the development of life on Earth.

Cost: $28.00

Website: https://museumsbathurst.com.au