Museums of History New South Wales

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

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There’s plenty happening every day at our museums, historic houses and gardens, with entry free for all!

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

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Find out how you can access diverse experiences through a unique calendar of events

Meroogal Women's Art Prize

Entries are now open for the Meroogal Women’s Art Prize 2024

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A student in costume for an immersive re-enactment of the trial of Bushranger John Vane during the program Bailed Up! at the Justice and Police Museum
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Thank you to our donors

We thank all our donors who contributed to the 2024 Annual Appeal: Engaging with History. With your generous support, MHNSW raised over $210,000, which will help to fund accessible learning programs, transportation subsidies for low socio-economic schools and free virtual learning events to help schoolchildren across NSW engage with history

Woman using a washboard and laundry bucket in a courtyard
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Memorable learning experiences at Elizabeth Farm

At Museums of History NSW, we strive to create memorable and meaningful experiences for school students – bringing history to life in the places where it happened

Behind the scenes
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Significance matters

As part of an ongoing partnership with Museums & Galleries of NSW, our Curatorial and Digital teams have been hard at work making a suite of vocational videos that explore the importance of assessing and communicating the significance of museum collections

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Jenolan Caves in the State Archives Collection

We are donning our speleological hard hats and highlighting digitised material relating to Jenolan Caves held in the State Archives Collection

First Nations Hub

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



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Cartoon drawing of Louis Sullivan and Frank Lloyd Wright

The Wasmuth Portfolio

Frank Lloyd Wright’s Wasmuth Portfolio, is regarded as one of the most influential architectural treatises of the 20th century

Pencil drawing of Bathurst 1818, Plans of Government Buildings at Bathurst, Main series of letters received [Colonial Secretary], 1788–1826.

Convict farmer Antonio Roderigo and a ‘dastardly massacre’

A dispute over potatoes farmed by convict-settler Antonio Roderigo was one of many hostile events between colonists and Wiradyuri people that led to the Bathurst War of 1824

Exterior of Elizabeth Farm

Elizabeth Farm museum at 40

This year Elizabeth Farm celebrates 40 years open to the public as a house museum!

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