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A gateway to culture, ideas and inspiration, Customs House promises something extraordinary – inside and out.


Since opening in 1845, Customs House has been the entry point for newly arrived goods, people and ideas flowing into Sydney. One of Sydney’s iconic heritage buildings, Customs House is open to everyone.

This unique public space connects our history with our future and continues to thrive as a dynamic place to meet, create and learn.

Exhibitions & events

Unfortunately our library and exhibitions are currently closed due to Covid-19.

Enjoy a virtual tour of our latest photography exhibition, Developing Sydney: Capturing Change 1900-1920

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Sydney at your feet

Our city model is one of Sydney’s hidden gems. This spectacular scale model depicts 10 square kilometres of downtown Sydney. Put our city into perspective and spot the miniature sights you’ve seen or will see in real life.

Learn more about the city model.

Celebrate a special occasion with breathtaking views at Cafe Sydney, relax with a beer in the sun at Quay Bar or indulge in a signature pizza at Young Alfred.

Learn more about the drinking and dining at Sydney’s Customs House.

Home to the Australian Customs Service for 145 years, Sydney’s Customs House dominated the waterfront as a symbol of British power over sea and trade.

Learn more about the history of Customs House

Meet & work

Make yourself at home in Sydney’s lounge room

Learn more about the Library, coworking spaces, Lounge & Newspapers


31 Alfred Street
Circular Quay
Sydney NSW 2000

P. 02 9242 8551

E. customshouse

Building opening hours
Weekdays: 8am – 10:30pm
Saturday 9am – 10:30pm
Sunday: 9am – 5pm

Please note that Levels 1 and 2 – our library and exhibition space - are currently closed. We’re keen to reopen our as soon as we can, but must do so in a way that is safe and compliant with NSW Health restrictions. Reserve and collect services and computer bookings are available 11am to 3pm, Monday to Friday. Learn more

Restricted access on public holidays.
Please check with restaurants for their operating times on public holidays.