Australia’s oldest surviving public building

Built for a cost of 45,000 gallons of rum, the Mint is Australia’s oldest surviving public building. It was originally part of Governor Macquarie’s ‘Rum’ hospital for convicts and later became the first branch of the Royal Mint outside London. Today The Mint is home to Museums of History NSW’s head office, the Caroline Simpson Library & Research Collection, Bullion café and a spectacular series of venue hire spaces.

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Large 2 storey building with deep verandahs, steps leading to lower verandah and bushes and driveway in the foreground.
Museum

A rum deal

When Lachlan Macquarie began his term as governor of NSW in 1810, Sydney was in desperate need of a new hospital

10 Macquarie Street, Sydney NSW 2000. Phone +61 2 8239 2288

The Mint

10 Macquarie Street, Sydney NSW 2000. Phone +61 2 8239 2288
  • Cafe
  • Wheelchair accessible
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