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The Australian Museum

The Australian Museum is a place of exploration and discovery, inspiring responsibility for our world by promoting knowledge, understanding and enjoyment of science, nature and culture. Australia's oldest museum, its collection focuses on natural history. Colonial architect Mortimer Lewis designed this impressive sandstone building.

Powerhouse Museum

Traditional and interactive displays covering a wide range of subjects relating to science and social history. The museum is housed in a former power station, built in 1902 to give power to Sydney's cable trams. 500 Harris Street, Ultimo. Open daily 10.00 am - 5.00 pm

National Herbarium of NSW

Includes Botanical Information and Garden Advisory service. Natural history. Royal Botanical Gardens, Sydney. Phone (02) 9231 8000. Open Mon - Fri 9.30 am - 4.00 pm

Sydney Observatory

Tours conducted periodically throughout the open times. Includes exhibitions, films, talks and night viewings. Watson Road, Observatory Hill, Sydney. Phone (02) 9217 0485. Open Mon - Fri 10.00 am - 4.00 pm; weekends and public hols. 10.00 am - 5.00 pm. Night viewings (bookings essential).

Penrith Museum of Printing

The Penrith Museum of Printing is keeping the history of letterpress printing machinery and equipment alive. Take a trip back with a visit to the Museum and check out one of the 23 working machines on display that date back over than 100 years. It is usually open every Saturday for general viewing and demonstration from 10am to 2pm.

Justice and Police Museum

The museum is housed in a collection of historic buildings associated with justice and the police. The complex of buildings housed the people put in charge of maintaining law and order quayside. Sections dating from 1856. Documents the history of policing in New South Wales. Cnr Albert and Phillip Sts., Sydney. Phone (02) 9252 1144. Open Sun - Thurs 10.00 - 5.00 pm

Macleay Museum

A natural history collection, mainly covering the Sydney region, which includes stuffed animals, insects and lice from James Cook's Endeavour. Natural history. University of Sydney, Camperdown NSW 2006. Phone (02) 9351 2274.

Museum of Fire

At the Museum of Fire there is something for all the family. Wishing you were a firefighter, enjoying the machinary, showing your respect, reliving past experiences, understanding fire as a friend or foe, visiting with friends or made to visit with the relatives, educating or entertaining the kids, for whatever reason you will enjoy your visit. Location: 1 Museum Drive, Penrith. Ph (02) 4731 3000.

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