The Museum of Sydney has a nice little offer for Sydney VIVID 2017. Free admission from 1800-2030 (6 pm to 8.30 pm) on Saturday evenings until VIVID finishes on 17 June.
Take a break from the lights and check out another side of Sydney.
The MOS delves into our history, of course. The Museum itself stands on the site of the first Government House. It holds plenty of information about Sydney’s early years:
- about the Gadigal people of the Eora nation who lived around the Sydney basin for thousands of years before colonisation,
- about the first fleet ships that brought the white settlers 200 odd years ago, and
- about Sydney life since.
If you want to know about the life and times of the first Governor of the colony, Arthur Phillip, his early life, his journey to Australia in 1788, his achievements here and his legacy, then this is a good place to start.
Bringing us up to today, the Museum of Sydney is currently showing the Head On Photo Festival Portrait Prize 2017.
Head On is Australia’s foremost photographic portrait competition. What I really like about it is that the judges, who change every year, have no knowledge of the photographers’ names at selection. As you’d expect, this means that there are always new names and a lot of diversity in the mix.
The exhibition includes the work of all 40 finalists. The judges chose three winners. Categories include Overall, Mobile and Student.
The Head On Exhibition runs till 2 July, continuing after Vivid Sydney finishes on 17 June. This offer is a good opportunity to catch it, and the other Museum of Sydney exhibitions, for free.
The Museum is on the corner of Bridge and Phillip Streets, close to the lights. It’s a short walk up the hill from Circular Quay or down from Martin Place.