Museums of History New South Wales

Help us preserve the past - the 2023 Annual Appeal will assist to digitise significant historical items in our care

Preserving our Past

2023 Annual Appeal

Help us preserve our past. All funds raised will allow us to accelerate our work to digitise the significant collections in our care.

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Installation view of Narcissus Garden by Yayoi Kusama, Vaucluse House.

Vaucluse House

Harbourside retreat

Exterior front of Rouse Hill House and Farm

Rouse Hill Estate

Untouched history

View of rear of Susannah Place Museum

Susannah Place

Sydney’s working-class heritage

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1870 view of Darling Harbour

Darling Harbour: Through the Lens

A brief history of the transformation of Darling Harbour


Keeping time

In the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries watches were designed to carried on the person, attached to a waist hook, looped over a belt or as part of a chatelaine in the case of women

Light fittings

A world of designs

Trade catalogues, published to illustrate the products for sale from a manufacturer, wholesaler or retailer, reveal the surprising wealth of choice available to Australian consumers in the 19th century

Deck, Rose Seidler House, April 2011

A new way of living

Once word spread about the newly built Rose Seidler House in 1950, it was the ‘most talked about house in Sydney’. Seventy years on, it's impossible to deny the strength and daring of Seidler's vision

Image of the Meroogal homestead on a sunny day.

Make yourself at home

Meroogal became home to four generations of resilient and resourceful women, whose house was their livelihood as well as their home

The sofa in the morning room at Elizabeth Bay House

The finest house

In 1835 colonial secretary Alexander Macleay set about building the ultimate trophy house, a shimmering, classical styled jewel box, perched in rugged bushland on the northern side of present day Potts Point, high above Elizabeth Bay with majestic views across Sydney harbour and beyond

Dodgy, dangerous, disturbing

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

South elevation, Elizabeth Bay House
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Conservation in action: Elizabeth Bay House external joinery work

Museums of History NSW is undertaking external joinery conservation works to the front facade thanks to the funds generously donated by our supporters during the 2022 Annual Appeal

Wide shot of the foyer of the Sydney Masonic Centre, featuring a massive concrete staircase and elevator shafts.
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Sydney Open 2023: call-out for buildings

Sydney Open unlocks the doors of the city’s most important and architecturally inspiring buildings and spaces

Exterior view of Meroogal and garden
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Conservation in action: Meroogal exterior painting

We're working with specialist painters to restore damage and prevent further deterioration to the building

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