People standing outside the main building of the Sydney Observatory
Sydney Observatory
3, March, Times vary

Sydney Observatory Architecture Tour

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Join the Australian Architecture Association (AAA) for a fascinating tour of Sydney Observatory that focuses on the heritage and historical detail of this renowned piece of Architecture. Built in 1858, Sydney Observatory is one of the most notable sites in the nation’s scientific history and is recognised as an item of ‘state significance’ by the New South Wales Government and is heritage listed.

Beginning as the centre of scientific research for the colony of New South Wales, the Observatory has a seminal role in the history of timekeeping, meteorology and astronomy in Australia. In the 19th and early 20th centuries, the Observatory was essential to shipping, navigation, meteorology and timekeeping as well as to the study of the stars seen from the Southern Hemisphere. Government Astronomers worked and lived in the building until 1982 when Sydney Observatory became part of the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences.

Join the expert guides from the AAA on a tour that will unfold across the Sydney Observatory site, providing access into spaces that are not usually open to the public.


Please note that due to the heritage nature of the Sydney Observatory this tour is not fully accessible. For a customised accessible tour of the Sydney Observatory please contact MAAS bookings team.  

Visitors using wheelchairs are able to access Sydney Observatory gardens, 3D space theatre, ground floor exhibitions and the East Dome telescope. There is no wheelchair access to the North and South telescope domes due to narrow and steep staircases in the heritage-listed buildings. An outdoor telescope can be installed by prior arrangement.

Toilets are located at the rear of the building and can be accessed from the grounds. There is a toilet which can accommodate a wheelchair. 

Image courtesy of MAAS