Justice & Police Museum
Discover the site’s architectural development over time and hear some of the stories from the Police Station, the constables and their families.
About the building
The site of the Justice & Police Museum once made up one of the city’s busiest legal hubs. Originally a police station and courts, the museum draws you into a world of crime, punishment and policing, with exhibition themes covering bushrangers, razor gangs, forensics and much more.
The town of Sydney was thriving by the 1850s, and people of all kinds flooded through the bustling port. The waterfront was the hub of the expanding city and colony, and both trade and crime were on the rise. The Water Police urgently needed a new building and chose an elevated site overlooking the waterfront.
The complex, which is now the Justice & Police Museum, included the Water Police Court (1856), designed by Colonial Architect Edmund Blacket; the Water Police Station (1858), by Blacket’s successor Alexander Dawson; and the Police Court (1886), designed by Colonial Architect James Barnet.
Visitors to the museum can explore the holding cells, offices, charge room and courts, and join a guided tour of the Water Police Station to discover more stories about those who worked there.Built
1856, 1858, 1886Architect
Edmund Blacket, Alexander Dawson, James Barnet
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