The Rocks Discovery Museum, Sydney

4.3
Historic Site · Hidden Gem · History Museum
Located in a fully restored 1850s sandstone building, the exterior of The Rocks Discovery Museum boasts an aesthetic as picturesque as its interior is interesting. Dedicated to preserving and detailing the history of The Rocks district of Sydney, the museum houses a large collection of artifacts found in the area. Interactive, well-run, and concise, The Rocks Discovery Museum belies its relatively small size to provide a fascinating account of Sydney’s past. See The Rocks Discovery Museum and all Sydney has to offer by arranging your trip with our Sydney trip builder tool.
Create an itinerary including The Rocks Discovery Museum
© OpenMapTiles © OpenStreetMap contributors

The Rocks Discovery Museum reviews

Rate this attraction
TripAdvisor traveler rating
TripAdvisor traveler rating 4.5
502 reviews
Google
4.2
TripAdvisor
  • The Rocks Discovery Museum is perhaps one of the jewels of the Rocks area of Sydney. It is a great museum like no other. It is housed in an old, but restored building in the Rocks. It has many items.....  more »
  • Great little museum with interactive guides and takes you chronologically through Sydney's past. Tour guide was very interesting and enthusiastic. Located in a great location in the harbour too.  more »
Google
  • This is a nice little free museum in a restored building in the historic Rocks area of Sydney. There are quite a few exhibits about the history of the area and the founding of Sydney. There are artifacts from archeological digs in the area, mostly early European implements. The stories continue through the early Twentieth century to modern day. But the focus is on late 1700s and 1800s. I especially liked the special exhibit on Australians serving in the British armies and in WWI.
  • Entry to this museum is free. It is a good way to learn about the history and society of The Rocks from the time of the first settlers. Many interesting exhibits inside.

Plan your trip to Sydney

  • Get a personalized trip
    A complete day by day itinerary
    based on your preferences
  • Customize it
    Refine your trip. We'll find the
    best routes and schedules
  • Book it
    Choose from the best hotels
    and activities. Up to 50% off
  • Manage it
    Everything in one place.
    Everyone on the same page.

Popular things to do in Sydney

See all ›
©
Neighborhood
The Rocks
4.6
Duration: 2h 30 min
©
Garden
Royal Botanic Garden Sydney
4.7
Duration: 1 hour
©
World heritage site
Sydney Opera House
4.7
Duration: 1h 30 min
©
Ride / Activity
Virtual Room Sydney - Virtual Reality Sydney Adventure
4.8
Duration: 1h 30 min

Kid-friendly things to do in Sydney

See all ›
©
Beach
Bondi Beach
4.2
Duration: 2 hours
Beach
Manly Beach
4.6
Duration: 4 hours
©
Aquarium
Sea Life Sydney Aquarium
3.6
Duration: 2 hours
©
Beach
Clovelly Beach
4.6
Duration: 30 minutes

Side trips from Sydney

©
Hiking Trail
Bondi to Coogee Walk Bondi
4.8
Duration: 2 hours
©
Zoo
Taronga Zoo Mosman
4.1
Duration: 4 hours
©
Canyoning / Rapelling Tour
Canyoning & Rappelling Tours Katoomba
4.9
Duration: 4 hours
National Park
Sydney Harbour National Park Mosman
4.8
Duration: 8 hours

Museums in Sydney

See all ›
©
Specialty Museum
Australian National Maritime Museum
4.5
Duration: 2 hours
©
Art Museum
Art Gallery of New South Wales
4.7
Duration: 1 hour
©
Art Gallery
ATTY Gallery
5.0
Duration: 2 hours
©
Art Museum
Brett Whiteley Studio
4.8
Duration: 1 hour

Hidden gems in Sydney

©
Geologic Formation
Mrs Macquarie's Chair
4.3
Duration: 30 minutes
©
World heritage site
Hyde Park Barracks
4.5
Duration: 1h 30 min
©
Science Museum
Powerhouse Museum
4.3
Duration: 2 hours
©
Art Museum
White Rabbit Gallery
4.7
Duration: 1h 30 min

Nearby attractions in Sydney

©
Neighborhood
Darling Harbour
4.5
Duration: 3 hours
©
Bridge
Sydney Harbour Bridge
4.7
Duration: 1 hour
©
Adrenaline / Extreme Tour
BridgeClimb
4.6
Duration: 3 hours
©
Scenic Walking Area
The Opera House to the Botanic Gardens Walk
4.9
Duration: 1 hour
©
Ride / Activity
Virtual Room Sydney - Virtual Reality Sydney Adventure
4.8
Duration: 1h 30 min
©
Sightseeing Tour
Real Sydney Tours
5.0
Duration: 2 hours
©
Water Sport
Pilgrim Sailing
5.0
Duration: 3 hours
©
Concert / Show
The Gentleman Magician's Magical Soirees
4.9
Duration: 2 hours