Museums of History New South Wales

Placing history before us, not behind us

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Close up of hands weaving a spiral out of dried raffia.

2023 MHNSW program highlights

Museums of History NSW – The Future of History. In 2023, Museums of History NSW will present an ambitious series of exhibitions, programs, activations and celebrations showcasing diverse perspectives, practices and points in time

Convict Barrack Sydney N.S. Wales

Hyde Park Barracks – the convict years

In 1788, the penal colony of New South Wales was established on the Country of the Gadigal people

  • Hyde Park Barracks
  • Convict
A women holds a large book open while she threads the pages together.

Conserving the archive

Supervising curator Dominique Moussou talks through her work and some of the projects underway in the MHNSW conservation lab

  • Collections
  • Conservation
  • Video
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Hope 1848–1886

In 1848 the Hyde Park Barracks became an immigration depot and hiring office for unaccompanied women newly arrived in Sydney

  • Hyde Park Barracks
  • Convict
Kitchen, 60 Gloucester Street, Susannah Place Museum

Susannah Place conservation project

A behind-the-scenes look at some of the complex work that goes into conserving and preserving the fascinating Susannah Place Museum

  • Susannah Place Museum
  • Conservation
  • Rich media
 Children sitting on the Cumberland Place steps

Two up, two down

Located in the heart of The Rocks, Susannah Place is a terrace of four houses that has been home to more than 100 families

  • Susannah Place Museum

Dodgy, dangerous, disturbing

3D models: a fascinating exploration of some seemingly innocent objects modified for nefarious purposes from the Justice & Police Museum collection


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The sandstone facade of the Justice & Police Museum in dappled sunshine.

Justice & Police Museum

All sides of the law

Exterior of Rose Seidler House

Rose Seidler House

A new way of living

Exterior front of Elizabeth Farm

Elizabeth Farm

Hands-on history

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