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

Annual Giving 2023–24: engaging with history

Supporting children to discover history

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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

Ways to donate

Please consider making a tax-deductible gift, as every dollar raised, regardless of size, will help to ensure the history of NSW is protected and accessible for current and future generations.

Direct deposit

Museums of History NSW
BSB: 032-001
ACC: 190 922
Reference: your name AG2023-24

Contact us

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.

Penelope Seidler AM
Museums of History NSW, Benefactor

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The Mint Open Day, 22 April 2023

About us

Our central role is to preserve our places and collections for future generations and share the stories of our state

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

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South elevation, Elizabeth Bay House
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Concert at Elizabeth Bay House
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Annual Giving Donor Concert, Sunday 12 February

2023 Annual Giving: digitisation projects underway

Birdcage, maker unknown, circa 1950s, metal, wire, plastic and organic material

Digitising the Susannah Place Collection

Susannah Place and its rich collections, which are undigitised, reflect the shared history of the four houses and the personal stories of the working class families who called this place home.

View of the lounge room, Rose Seidler House

Digitising the Rose Seidler House Collection

This project will digitise the entire collection, making it accessible to our online audiences, and harness the significance of Seidler’s design legacy.

Kiandra police station, c1914.

Photographs, Justice & Police Museum Collection

The museum is home to a highly significant photographic collection that captures the story of our state through the lens of police activities.

Deutsche moebel-industrie [trade catalogue]

Trade catalogues, Caroline Simpson Library Collection

Sharing this unique collection through digitisation provides new opportunities for audience engagement.