Museums of History New South Wales

West elevation (front) of Hyde Park Barracks, from across Queens Square

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Student carrying convict bricks in the courtyard at Hyde Park Barracks


Explore our curriculum-linked programs, excursions and resources for stages 1 to 6. Inquire or book now

A Curriculum Program Deliverer showing students Leg irons in the Learning Space at Hyde Park Barracks

Annual Giving: engaging with history

This financial year, our Annual Giving program gives you the opportunity to enrich the lives of children across NSW and beyond through the power of education

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Watercolour of a group of people landing ashore

Rose redacted

How Rose de Freycinet was erased from the official narrative of the 'Uranie' voyage

Onlookers seated on the monumental steps for the  Opera House’s opening ceremony. October 20th 1973.

‘The people’s house’: what’s in a name?

The ‘Sydney Opera House’, the ‘Opera House’, or simply ‘the House’ – we know it by many names. But why is this Australian icon also called ‘the people’s house’? Exhibition curator Dr Scott Hill explores the story behind a name

Watercolour illustration of an urban setting

After the first Government House

Remarkably, the site of the first Government House remained largely undeveloped for more than 140 years before the Museum of Sydney was built, despite numerous schemes for this valuable piece of CBD land

Horticulturalist Stephen Goldsworthy planting seedlings in the kitchen garden

Vaucluse House kitchen garden

The Vaucluse House kitchen garden recently underwent a significant rejuvenation project to preserve the site and allow it to continue to be used as a valuable educational resource

First Nations Hub

A space and place to celebrate and engage with First Nations cultures, knowledge and perspectives

Cover label Small debts registers [Newcastle Court of Petty Sessions]
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Archives for Everyone: community digitisation and indexing partnerships

We are looking to partner with groups or societies with an interest in history and in making the State Archives Collection more accessible

A defining image of the Reconciliation Bridge Walk in 2000 with the word ‘Sorry’ in skywriting above.
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National Apology

This week marks the anniversary of the National Apology. On 13 February 2008, the then prime minister, Kevin Rudd, publicly apologised on behalf of the federal government to the Stolen Generations

View of first floor verandah from ground level
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Rum Hospital verandah conservation update

Remediation works have seen four original columns spliced, 17 joists replaced, seven bays of balustrades repaired, gutters and downpipes remediated, and a new fascia, perimeter floorboards and soffit boards installed

The facade of the Hyde Park Barracks featuring 'Love that dares', a projected artwork by Jacqui North.
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What a year!

Our first year as Museums of History NSW has been a momentous one. Here are some highlights

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