Prepare to get spooked.
The aptly named Justice & Police Museum is an absolute haven for thrill seekers and lovers of true crime. Replete with compelling exhibitions, chilling collection of criminal weapons, a giant archive of crime scene photography and mugshots shedding light on years of crime and horror that took place right here in Sydney.
Interestingly, the museum was built in 1854 and was a former police station and courthouse so it houses a lot of history from bygone years. The colonial sandstone building features exhibitions and artefacts from the 1900s and some from recent years. The displays are absolutely fascinating and the Justice & Police Museum has a unique archive of some of the most infamous criminals from the yesteryears.
Even better — as part of NSW Government’s initiative Culture Up Late, the Justice & Police Museum will be opening its doors for the general public every Thursday and Friday evening from 5-8pm until June 25. Entry is absolutely free and you get to roam around the historic corridors after-hours which gives the experience a unique and unsettling atmosphere to it — just the way any true crime lover would want it.
And that’s not all, every Friday night you can visit the museum and dwell deep into Sydney’s criminal past with the Murder in the Museum talk. Hear stories about some of Sydney’s most notorious criminals right from bushranger Andrew George Scott, alias Captain Moonlite, to Henry Louis Bertrand aka ‘the mad dentist of Wynyard Square’. It’s a deeply fascinating talk and due to its nature only for adults.
There are also food and drink options around the corner at their pop-up speakeasy piano bar.
WHERE: Justice & Police Museum, Cnr Phillip St and Albert St, Sydney NSW 2000
WHEN: 5 – 8pm, every Thursday and Friday till June 25
Find more information here.
(Images: Supplied/ Sydney Living Museums.)