Museum railway station
College Street, Sydney
New South Wales, Australia
|Distance||4.99 km (3.10 mi) from Central|
|Platforms||2 (2 side)|
This article is about the railway station in Sydney. For the railway station in Melbourne formerly called 'Museum', see Melbourne Central railway station
Museum is a railway station on the City Circle line in Sydney, Australia. Named for its proximity to the Australian Museum, the station is located entirely underground at the southern end of Hyde Park. The station features photos depicting its past in the pedestrian tunnels.
Museum is the 23rd most patronised railway station in Sydney (out of a total of 176 stations), with an average of 9730 passengers boarding per day.
There are two platforms, each 158.5 metres long by 3.8 metres wide, under an arch with span 14.6 metres. Museum's signage and cream tiling with maroon highlights are reminiscent of a typical London Underground tube station of the era, however its layout of central tracks under a grand arch are more in keeping with older stations of the Paris Metro. Until the construction of the Airport Line, it was the only underground station in Sydney without an island platform. It is a companion to St James station - both opened at the same time and use a roundel design on their station signage that is similar to the one used on the London Underground. Regular services to Museum began on 20 December 1926.
The main entrance to the station is located at the corner of Elizabeth Street and Liverpool Street. Another entrance featuring a sandstone façade is located on the corner of Liverpool Street and Castlereagh Street. This entrance sits at the foot of the New South Wales District Court's Downing Centre, formerly the site of the Mark Foy's department store. Other entrances are also located on three corners of the intersection of Elizabeth Street and Bathurst Street. The station is 5 minutes walk to Oxford Street.
There are photos of the station being built and a complete photo history through the pedestrian tunnels of this station.
There are no lifts at this station, so those in wheelchairs are unable to alight at Museum and those who alight with baggage or baby prams may find it difficult with the many stairs up to street level. In December 2012 an upgrade was announced that will make Museum wheelchair accessible. The station opens for the first train service at approx 0430(4:30am) and closes for the last train service at approx 0030(12:30am). The NightRide bus service replaces trains during this time, though none of its services currently stop at Museum, the nearest being on George Street near Town Hall railway station.
Museum Station has a state heritage listing.
Platforms and services
The station is served by six to ten trains per hour each way, with additional trains during weekday peak hours.
|1||Inner West & South Line services to Homebush and Campbelltown|
|2||Airport Line services to Revesby and Macarthur|
|Bankstown Line services to Lidcombe and Liverpool via Sydenham|
Entrance at the Downing Centre, Castlereagh Street
Entrance from Hyde Park
Entrance on Liverpool Street, across from the main entrance
- Gregory's Sydney Street Directory, 2002, Map J
- See CityRail's NightRide map http://www.cityrail.info/timetables/nightride/
- NSW Heritage site
- Sydney Trains - Museum station details
- Sydney Architecture Images
- Lake St James - pictures of the lake that has formed in the northern unused tunnel.
- St James air raid shelter - Photo of one of the five remaining bomb shelters.
- PDF of routes served by St. James Station
- Sydney Downunder news report
- HET Past Tours