Sydney Opera House and Harbour Bridge

1 June – 20 September 2020 Sydney Observatory

From Sydney Observatory at the top of the Rocks you can see pockets of Sydney’s changing history.

A tiered landscape of harbor, buildings, roadways and parks is fringed by two of Australia’s most significant engineering feats: the Sydney Harbour Bridge and the Sydney Opera House.

These icons, like the Sydney Observatory, have changed the landscape of the city.

After a century of debate about the need for a bridge, the Sydney Harbour Bridge opened to much fanfare on 19 March 1932. The construction of it played a major role in the technical revolution of Australia in the 1930s.  It was widely regarded as evidence of Australia’s industrial maturity in the mechanical age.

In 1957 Danish architect Jorn Utzon’s design for the Sydney Opera House was selected from 222 entries. Plucked from the reject pile, this daring design took 15 years to complete.

The project stretched the engineering and construction techniques of the day.  The result is a triumph of extraordinary creativity and problem-solving skills.

Two new displays at Sydney Observatory explore the history, design and engineering achievements of these icons of Sydney Harbour. Key objects on display include items from the Museum’s extensive collection, a model of the Opera house roof illustrating its remarkable and complex geometry, and a Reiss microphone used and signed by dignitaries at the opening of the Bridge in 1932.


Plan Your Experience

All the information you need to plan your visit is available on the Sydney Observatory venue page, including:

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