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Elizabeth Farm school holidays shoot
8 & 15 July, 10.30am

All in a day’s work at Elizabeth Farm

Join us for a hands-on workshop where kids will discover what life was like at Elizabeth Farm 200 years ago

Two kids juicing lemons at a big wooden table in the kitchen at Elizabeth Farm.
10 & 17 July, 9am

All in a day’s work at Elizabeth Farm, accessible program

Join us for a tactile and sensory workshop where kids will discover what life was like at Elizabeth Farm 200 years ago

Elizabeth Farm school holidays shoot
12 & 19 July, 10.30am

All in a day’s work at Vaucluse House

Join us for a hands-on workshop where kids will discover what life was like at Vaucluse House 170 years ago

Dennis Golding Cast in Cast out at the Museum of Sydney
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 & 22 August, 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

Coomaditchie: The Art of Place marketing photoshoot
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

The dining room at Elizabeth Farm lit by candles.
10 August, 6pm

A Winter's Night at Elizabeth Farm

Join us on a unique, informative, behind-the-scenes insight into life in the Macarthur home, at night-time

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

Nielsen-Vaucluse Park Trust photographs : [volume 3 : Vaucluse House comes to life]
8 September, 11am

Making History from a House: The story of Vaucluse House as a museum

Join research curator, Dr Paige Gleeson, in exploring the history of Australia’s first publicly owned museum, Vaucluse House

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

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

Edge of the Trees installation, Museum of Sydney forecourt
Permanent display

Edge of Trees

This site-specific piece commissioned for the forecourt of the Museum of Sydney at its opening in 1995 was created by artists Fiona Foley and Janet Laurence

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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