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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

Our exhibitions and events explore current conversations, living histories and emerging trends. They tell stories of people and place and give voice to the important ideas that are shaping how we live.

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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–midnight
Saturday: 10am–midnight
Sunday: 11am–5pm
Closed on public holidays
(subject to change)