Certainly a museum with a difference..located at the eastern end of the Circular Quay is the Police and Justice Museum..These lovely sandstone buildings were used to house the Sydney Water Police and were the Water police Courts in 1858. they werethe cells for the Water Police Station and was then the Police Court in (1886).
Built in 1840 when the Water Police were relocated from the "Cadmans Cottage" due to its size and inadequacy..two other buildings that make up this complex were added in 1858 qnd 1886..The Museum covers early crime and different forms of punishment..bushranging period in New South Wales from 1789 to 1901..There are many different rooms covering all forms of crime ..weapons...charge room...holding cells..and the courtroom.The Crime room is based on 1910 police museum..with notorious mugshots , various criminal records and a vast array of weapons and forensic evidence.This is a good look at local early policing involving bushrangers, and all sorts of violent criminals.The charge room restored to its 19th century character..The police station became known as the Phillip Street Police Station until its closure in 1985..Following the closure of the complex all the buildings were restored and refurbished in their 1890's character.The Museum presents different and changing exhibitionswith special events and educational activities...These Buildings are all classed Historical Houses and are classified NATIONAL TRUST..
There is a small admission charge..
They recognise concessions...
Originally the Water Police Court from 1856 this museum displays a magistrates court, a recreated police charge room and remand cells, a gallery of mug shots of Sydney's early criminals and an array of spine chilling weapons.
Displays of relics of some of nortorious crimes are also shown.
Sounded hokey but it was actually pretty entertaining and a nice short diversion before the pub. You can't drink beer all day, can you?
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