Sydney Living Museums: Justice & Police Museum

This week, to help me settle in a little better, I decided to visit a couple of the museums in Sydney. Mum came down for the weekend so luckily I had a companion. We decided to visit some of the Sydney Living Museums. There are twelve in and around Sydney. What I love about these museums is that all of them hold collections within heritage buildings. I have posted about this numerous times but when heritage and museums combine it is a truly beautiful thing.

Surprise, surprise my favourite we visited was the Justice & Police Museum down near Circular Key.

Inside the Justice & Police Museum.
Inside the Justice & Police Museum.

There is a special exhibition on at the moment of old photographs discovered in the New South Wales police negatives collection. These were about to be disposed of when they were rescued by the Living Museums team. The display is small but I think it’s well worth seeing. I loved all the photographs showing crime scenes from the 1930s and 1940s.

In the second room of the exhibition you get a real sense of how much research has been going on behind the scenes. The people in the photographs have their stories told and their lives exposed.

Besides the temporary exhibit, the rest of the museum was really great to look around. Each of the cells has a little exhibit inside tracing the history of forensic testing etc. I really enjoyed this layout.

Police Sign

If you are really keen (like us) you can purchase a three month access ticket that allows entry into the Living Museums in the centre of Sydney. I have until October to see them all!

Classes start this week so hopefully I will have some time for a quick entry on Saturday 🙂

Cover photograph: Sardaka (talk) 08:17, 27 September 2013 (UTC) [CC BY 3.0 (

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