Justice & Police Museum, Sydney

#11 of 51 in Historic Sites in Sydney
History Museum · Hidden Gem · Historic Site
Examine the social history of law and crime at Justice & Police Museum. The building served as a police station and court in 19th century. Today it stands as both a relic of colonial architecture and a trove of criminal justice history. Start by exploring the magistrate’s court, a recreated charge room, and remand cells. Head into the Charge Room and stand before the Duty Sergeant's Desk, where suspected criminals went through fingerprinting. See a collection of criminal weapons and a gallery of mugshots, and review evidence from infamous murder cases. The museum contains over 9,000 objects in all and houses a vast archive of photo negatives documenting police work. Use our Sydney day trip tool to arrange your visit to Justice & Police Museum and other attractions in Sydney.
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  • Very interesting museum & good for a few hours if you want to have a good look around. Lot's of nasty people around back in the old days & the women appeared to be worse than men.  more »
  • This was a former police station, offices and court houses and built from 1854 to 1886. It is a two storey Pyrmont sandstone building. The police station was closed in 1985 when they moved t the...  more »
  • Had the best time here. Located at a stone's throw from Circular Quay, the museum is informative about crime and the underbelly if Sydney society in days gone by but in a fun way. I took part in a mock trial and dressed up in wig and robe. The guides encourage you to touch things, dress up in costumes and to take your own mugshot. The only minus point is that the doors open only at 10 so you have to wait in the steps till they do... it was a very hot day. Being allowed to wait in the lobby would be nice.
  • We had a business meeting here and it was a good place! It’s very casual place!

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