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

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

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Celebrate NAIDOC Week

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Untitled, Allison Day, 2006. Photo © Bernie Fisher, 2022. Artwork © the artist
9–10 July, 11am & 2pm
Workshop

Art of Place: poetry workshop for kids with Lucy Norton

Led by Lucy Norton, this workshop for kids will explore the nature, uses and practice of poetry

Coomaditchie: The Art of Place marketing photoshoot
Past event

Collage workshop for kids with Peter Waples-Crowe

Celebrate NAIDOC Week with a special workshop led by Ngarigo artist Peter Waples-Crowe

Coomaditchie Lagoon
First Nations

Coomaditchie: The Art of Place

The works of the Coomaditchie artists speak of life in and around the settlement of Coomaditchie, its history, ecology and local Dreaming stories

Aboriginal Languages and Nations in NSW & ACT © Reconciliation NSW

First Nations Community Access to Archives

This project aims to improve access for First Nations people to important archival material about culture, kinship, stories, and languages within the State Archives Collection

Meroogal Women's Art Prize

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

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Explore the collections

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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

View of limestone cave
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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

Donors enjoying the 'Syrens of Sydney' concert
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The Syrens of Sydney: a bespoke donor experience

On a perfect autumn afternoon in late May, donors were immersed in the musical world of the Wentworths and their contemporaries at the 'Syrens of Sydney' concert held at Vaucluse House

National Sorry Day
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Sorry Day

On 26 May each year Australia acknowledges Sorry Day. The first Sorry Day was held in 1998 to mark the one-year anniversary of the tabling of the Bringing them Home report in the Australian Parliament

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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!

Vaucluse Bay, Port Jackson, NSW
Convict Sydney

Harbourside Gothic: The convict origins of Vaucluse House

Its architectural style is not all that is gothic about Vaucluse House. Discover the dark history of the house’s first owner, Henry Browne Hayes

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