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  •   Sydney - Rainy Day

•   Museum of Sydney
The Museum of Sydney is built on the site of the first Government House and incorporates parts of the original foundations. It offers a very contemporary display relating the Aboriginal and European history of the city. The upper gallery houses periodic exhibitions.

•   Art Gallery of New South Wales
Art Gallery of New South Wales has an outstanding collection of works, including the largest permanent collection of Aboriginal art in the world. Admission is free. There are often free Aboriginal performances in Yiribana gallery and guided tours are also free.

•   Powerhouse Museum
The Powerhouse Museum in Ultimo is a hands-on, family-friendly museum of technology and culture. Displays are cleverly integrated with recorded music and voices, to provide a thought-provoking experience. The specially designed KidSpace areas will intrigue younger children.

•   Opera House
The white sails of the Opera House are a Sydney icon and can be seen from many vantage points across the city. A guided tour of the Opera House will take you behind the scenes, in this building regarded as a masterpiece of twentieth century architecture. Tour bookings are essential.

•   The Australian Museum
Australias oldest museum houses anthropology and natural history collections. The smaller visitor is not forgotten with Kids Island, a fantasy play area for the 0-5s.

•   Hyde Park Barracks
Hyde Park Barracks was designed by convict architect, Francis Greenway, to house convicts. It is now a fascinating museum of social and architectural history.

•   Darling Harbour
Go to Darling Harbour - maybe on the Monorail - and shop, visit the Aquarium, go to the Maritime Museum, see a film on the giant IMAX screen or stroll around to Cockle Bay for a meal. There`s plenty for everybody in this lively precinct.

•   Queen Victoria Building
This magnificent Victorian building in the City was once a produce market. It has now been refurbished as a shopping centre for fashion, art, antiques, gifts and restaurants. With its many levels and food court, it will keep you out of the rain for hours.

•   The Justice and Police Museum
For a gruesome insight into Sydney`s criminal past, visit the Justice and Police Museum. Located on the site of the former Water Police Court and Station and the Police Court, the museum features a magistrates` court, a recreation of a police charge room, remand cells and a gallery of mug shots of Sydney's early criminals. There is also an array of weapons and relics from notorious crimes.

•   Vaucluse House
It would almost be a shame to visit this harbourside estate built in 1803, in the rain, as the gardens are as pleasing as the house. However, there is plenty to see and do in the wet. The gothic style mansion has period furnishings and the renowned Tea Rooms offer meals and light refreshments.

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