Rocks Discovery Museum Sydney Australia

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2015-06-26 10:46:10

The Rocks Discovery Museum is a museum that features the story of The Rocks area of Sydney, Australia, starting from its early years up to the present. It is a family oriented museum and admission is free.

The Rocks Discovery Museum sits in a mid 1800s sandstone warehouse property that has been restored. Inside the museum you would find various historical artefacts and images that can be found in The Rock. Its highly interactive exhibits feature visual and audio productions designed to captivate the interest of visitors.

In here you would get to know who the original landowners of the area were. You would also get a glimpse of the life in The Rocks when whalers, sailors and traders lived in the area. The museum also features significant modern events that occurred in the Rock such as the union-led protests that happened the 1970s.

The Rocks Discovery Museum which is open daily from 10 am to 5 pm. It is only closed during Christmas and Good Friday. Visitors are allowed to take pictures inside.

Permanent Exhibits

Warrane (Pre-1788)

It was the Cadigal people, the traditional landowners of the area, who gave Sydney Cove its original name, Warrane. This exhibit showcases the life of the Cadigal people prior to the arrival of Europeans.

There is also a special audio visual presentation here that features the dramatic transformations that occurred in the Sydney basin from 50,000 years ago to the present.

Colony (1788-1820)

This part of the museum gives visitors an idea of how life was for the Cadigal people, soldiers, convicts and medical staff after the First Fleet arrived in 1788. One of the more popular attractions in the Colony is a hi-tech presentation that showcases the belongings of George Cribb, a local butcher who during the time was a well known figure.

Port (1820-1900)

In the 19th century, the Rocks transformed itself from a convict town into a bustling port town. During this time, many professionals such as businessmen, sea captains, whalers, and clerks established residence in The Rocks.

The Byrne family, considered to be one of the oldest families in The Rock, has a family tree map in the Port. The history of this family can be traced from the early beginnings of the settlement up to the present time.

Transformations (1900-present)

During the first part of the 20th century, The Rocks started to develop an unsavoury reputation of being dirty, unsanitary and overcrowded. In response, the NSW government undertook a massive redevelopment program that required the demolition of old structures and the construction of new buildings. Unfortunately, many houses were also torn down. Many residents enraged by what they deemed as cruel practices of the government staged protests and demonstrations. Fortunately the appeals of the protesters were recognized leading to a ban on demolition activities in the area.

Transformation showcases historical footage of the Rocks from the early 1900s up to the dramatic “Battle for The Rocks” in the 1970s.

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