Changes to the forecourt of this museum means there’s now reason to linger . . . for a game of outdoor chess, perhaps, or just to lounge in a chair on the grassy areas. A visit to the Museum of Sydney will make you think! In a postmodern building near Circular Quay, encompassing the remnants of Sydney’s first Government House, the museum is certainly not what you might expect. No stuffy and conventional showcase of history, this museum houses a collection of first-settler and Aboriginal objects and multimedia displays that invite you to discover Sydney’s past for yourself. Some of it is underfoot, in the archaeological digs exposed through “windows” in the paths. A forest of poles filled with hair, oyster shells, and crab claws in the courtyard, called Edge of Trees, represents first contact between Aborigines and the British. Modern . . . yes. And very interesting.
- Frommer's Staff