Museums of History NSW values the deep engagement our donors have with our work

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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Impact of giving

We are dedicated to connecting people to our past, providing greater access to our properties and collections, and to a broad range of stories about our social, cultural and political histories and identities.

Our annual giving program raises funds to support our commitment to preserving and presenting our state’s unique history, bringing it to life through diverse voices and viewpoints, and supporting audiences of all backgrounds to gain fresh perspectives and understandings.

Your donation will help us to preserve and conserve our 12 historic sites, expand and digitise our collections and archives, deliver immersive learning programs, engage with First Nations communities and histories, and develop new and exciting exhibitions and experiences.

Help us to achieve our vision to make the histories, stories and cultures of NSW discoverable and relevant for all, ensuring our significant history will be shared for generations to come.

Acknowledgement of support

Annual donors will have access to unique and diverse opportunities to engage with Museums of History NSW and the stories of our state through a bespoke program of events commensurate with their level of giving.

As a Custodian, you will have the opportunity to meet with our Chief Executive Officer to discuss how your philanthropic gift can impact a specific project or program, and enjoy access to exclusive experiences with Museums of History NSW.

Donors who contribute annually to our Custodians’ and Governors’ circles provide vital support to ensuring our vision can be achieved and are invited to discover their impact through the following bespoke opportunities:

  • curator-led viewings of our exhibitions, collections and properties
  • invitations to exhibition openings
  • behind-the-scenes tours
  • introducing a circle of friends to Museums of History NSW through a curator-led viewing of a chosen collection or property.

Our History Supporters, through their commitment to the preservation and conservation of our state’s unique history, will enjoy behind-the-scenes tours of our properties and collections.

All donors, unless otherwise informed, will be acknowledged in our annual report.

Levels of support

  • Benefactor: $100,000 plus (given in perpetuity for overall donations)
  • Custodians’ Circle: $25,000–$99,999 per annum
  • Governors’ Circle: $5,000–$24,999 per annum
  • History Supporter: $1,000–$4,999 per annum

To join our annual giving program or to discuss leaving a bequest please contact our Philanthropy Manager on 02 8239 2273 or via

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T: +61 2 8239 2273

Museums of History NSW understands the dynamic and diverse nature of the properties, collections and state archives in its care. It will bring them and many other forgotten treasures to life in engaging and innovative ways, just as Sydney Living Museums and the State Archives and Records Authority NSW has previously done for the people of NSW and beyond.

Penelope Seidler AM
Museums of History NSW, Benefactor

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

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Our history shapes us. Our stories inspire us.

Hannah Fernando, Alice Lambert and Tessa Fernamndo listen to the convict tales at Convict Escapades


Your bequest will help bring history to life for future generations

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

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Concert at Elizabeth Bay House
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Scenes that are Brightest

Annual Giving Donor Concert, Sunday 12 February