Wednesday, 6 April 2016

#80 - Justice and Police Museum

Who knew such a type of museum even existed?  I certainly didn't, and to be honest, I would probably never have noticed it if we hadn't been doing the STAT100 (yeah, I'm trying to make it catch on).  This is despite the fact that it in a super convenient location, and I used to walk past it on a regular basis.

One of the few times we've voluntarily visited a police station
The Justice and Police Museum is located on the corner of Albert Street and Phillip Street, which puts it literally just around the corner from Circular Quay.  It's apparently set in an 1890's police station.  It is an interesting building when you take the time to notice it, but like I already said, it is pretty easy to walk past without noticing.  I suppose when you are located so close to the Harbour Bridge and the Opera House, it is pretty hard to stand out.

With all these things to do, we had to make some cutbacks on our accommodation budget

The museum itself is pretty small, but surprisingly interesting.  It has old 19th century holding cells, hundreds of displays of mug shots, and lots of crime scene photography, along with the stories behind it all.  Given the history of Sydney and how it was founded, it's probably not surprising that there are some good stories in there.  Some funny, some gruesome, and some downright disturbing.  It even has some displays of old weapons confiscated by the police.

This 50 Shades of Grey stuff has really gone too far
Unless you have a particularly strong interest in the area of crime, then I can't see you choosing to set up camp and spend your entire 3 week trip to Australia inside this museum.  Come to think of it, even if you do have a particularly strong interest in crime, I can't see you doing that.  That is a pretty harsh barometer to judge a place by though.  Given the huge number of things to do in Sydney, it's certainly not unmissable, but I don't think you would be disappointed if you chose to spend an hour or two in the Justice and Police Museum.

How can you suspect such an innocent face?

Is your mugshot up in here?  Got any tips for people that might be tempted by a visit?  Please leave a comment below.

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