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The Winter Solstice at Elizabeth Bay House
21 & 22 June, 6.30am

Winter Solstice at Elizabeth Bay House

Wrap up warm and arrive at the elegant Elizabeth Bay House before dawn to experience a magnificent display as the sun rises over the horizon

Government Printing Office 1 - 02086 - Oyster bed [From NSW Government Printer series: Ballina], 1926
21 June, 10.30am
Online talk

Oyster leases

This webinar will focus on the Oyster Lease Cultures files, which tell the stories of the people who held these leases between 1920 and 1978

Sonic Spaces 2023
23 June, 6pm

Sonic Spaces

Join us for an intimate series of music performances in one of the city’s most unique spaces, the hammock room at the Hyde Park Barracks

View of Hammocks Room at the Hyde Park Barracks
27 June, 9am

Members Hour: Hyde Park Barracks

Experience Members Hour at the Hyde Park Barracks

Dennis Golding outside his grandmother's house on Eveleigh Street, Redfern, 2003. Reproduction of photograph by Felicity Weatherall.
30 June, 10.30am

Memory Lane: Walking Tour of Redfern

Join Redfern Elder Aunty Donna Ingram and Golding for a walking tour that will explore the social and political history of Redfern

The Lord's Prayer - Religious tract written in an Aboriginal language 1836
5 July, 10:30am
Online talk

First Nations Community Access to Archives

Join the First Nations Community Access to Archives project team in deep listening to learn about the journey of storytelling, truth-telling and language revitalisation.

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

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
13 July, 11am & 1pm

Collage workshop for kids with Peter Waples-Crowe

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

Eucalypt leaves displayed in a Coolemon at the Eel Festival at Elizabeth Farm
14 July, 10am

NAIDOC 2024: Keep the Fire Burning! Blak, Loud and Proud

Celebrate First Nations cultures on Dharug Country at Rouse Hill Estate for NAIDOC Week

Coomaditchie: The Art of Place marketing photoshoot
16 July, 10.30am

Memory Shields Workshop for Kids

Join Dennis Golding for a special creative hands-on workshop

The Strand Arcade, QVB Sydney Open Series 2024
25 July, 5.30pm & 7pm

The Strand Arcade Twilight Tour

Join us for an exclusive guided tour of the Strand Arcade – the last surviving Victorian-era shopping arcade in Sydney

GML Heritage - First Nations Speaker Series
31 July, 6pm

First Nations Speaker Series: Coomaditchie

This winter the First Nations Speaker Series will explore activism in the Illawarra region of NSW and beyond

Mausoleum showing perimeter fence
9 August, 2pm

Wentworth Mausoleum walking tour

Join us for a walking tour to the rarely opened Wentworth Mausoleum and learn about William Charles Wentworth’s extravagant 1873 state funeral

Wide shot of two visitors exploring Parbury Ruins during Sydney Open
14 August, 10.30am

Digging Up the Neighbourhood Walking Tour

Starting at Susannah Place, this walking tour explores some of the fascinating archaeological sites in The Rocks and Millers Point

Rag rug - Vita Cochran
17 August, 10.30am & 1pm

Making a house a home with Vita Cochran

Join us for a creative rag rug making workshop with textile artist Vita Cochran

Government Printing Office; NRS 4481, Glass negatives. NRS-4481-3-[7/15883]-M2439 | Government Printing Office 1 - 30700 - Supreme Court, King and Elizabeth Streets, Sydney [From NSW Government Printer series: City Views]
30 August, 10.30am
Online talk

'Equitable Relief': Equity Court records in the State Archives Collection

This webinar will explore records of the Equity Division of the Supreme Court, how to find them, and what they can tell you.

Government Printing Office; NRS 4481, Parramatta [Gaol] [Department of Public Works] [no date]
27 September, 10:30am
Online talk

Tracing NSW Gaol Inmates: Researching criminal offenders in the State Archives Collection

This webinar will show you how to use the State Archives collection to trace your ancestors through the NSW prison system, uncovering their crimes and incarcerations.

Donor event
16 October, 10.30am

Convict Sydney Walking Tour

Join one of our knowledgeable and expert Guides in a tour of Convict Sydney

Government Printing Office; NRS 4481, Glass negatives NRS-4481-4-161-[AF00198139] Agricultural College Boys [Department of Agriculture] [no date]
25 October, 10:30am
Online talk

Raising the Farmer: Glass negatives taken for the Agricultural Gazette of NSW, 1890-1914

Explore with us some of the 6,000 unique and beautiful glass negatives taken to illustrate articles in the Agricultural Gazette of NSW - now digitally available on our website as a unique slice of rural life.

Tea blending workshop
26 October, 10.30am & 1pm

The art of blending tea with T Totaler

Join Museums of History NSW Curator Dr Scott Hill and T Totaler for a tour followed by a tea blending workshop

On display

Watercolour of a group of people landing ashore
Featured display

Celebrating the 20th anniversary of the Caroline Simpson Library

This year marks the 20th anniversary of the Caroline Simpson Library, which was created through an extraordinary cultural gift donated by the children of Caroline Simpson OAM (1930–2003).

Sergeant Tracker Alexander ‘Alec’ Riley, standing in police uniform
Permanent display

Alexander Riley, legendary Aboriginal police tracker

The remarkable talents of Aboriginal trackers who worked for NSW Police in the 20th century are featured in a display at the Justice & Police Museum

Tony Albert, Healing land, remembering Country, 2020. Installation view for Elizabeth Farm (2020).
Permanent display

Healing land, remembering Country

A powerful work by Kuku Yalanji artist Tony Albert

Permanent display

Yura Nura: People & Country

Yura Nura: People & Country presents contemporary Aboriginal reflections on the history of Sydney and colonisation

Sydney Open Series

Year-round focus tours, talks and workshops

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On tour

A federation style house under construction

Collections on Tour 2024

Museums of History NSW is on the road again, sharing our stories with the people of regional NSW

Girl with superimposed illustration of aeroplane and clouds
Touring exhibition

On the Move

Now on tour

Black and white photo of two women in street
Touring exhibition

Street Photography

Available for hire

How Cities Work illustration.
Touring exhibition

How cities work

Now on tour

Patsy Neill (or Niell), Special Photograph number D96, 12 August 1929, Central Police Station
Touring exhibition

Underworld: Mugshots from the Roaring Twenties

Available for hire

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