What's on


A watercolour painting of a group crowded around a table, servers bringing food, and a trio of musicians playing in a corner of the room
8 March, 6pm

The Extraordinary Story of Rose de Freycinet

Writer Suzanne Falkiner discusses her research for her biography of Rose de Freycinet and rare pictorial material from the Caroline Simpson Collection

Interior of the White Bay Power Station
9 Mar–10 Jun, various times

Heritage tours: White Bay Power Station

Decommissioned in 1984, Sydney’s longest-serving power station at White Bay will once again energise Sydney as part of the 2024 Biennale of Sydney.

Student exercise painted in gouache at the Shillito Design School, 1976/77, by Eva Fay.
20 March, 5.30pm
Special event

Phyllis Shillito and her colour curriculum 1945–79

This event explores the colour curriculum of pioneering Sydney-based designer and educator Phyllis Shillito

Mausoleum, Vaucluse House
21 March, 2pm

Members Tour: Wentworth Mausoleum

Members-only walking tour to the rarely opened Wentworth Mausoleum

Inquisition before Coroner sitting alone
22 March, 10:30am
Online talk

Inquest index: 1916-1963

This webinar will show you how to use the recently updated Inquest Index and explore the new additions.

Mausoleum showing perimeter fence
22 March, 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

Dining room, Rose Seidler House
24 March, 9am

Members Hour: Rose Seidler House

Experience Members Hour at Rose Seidler House

Elizabeth Farm Brand shoot
Various times

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

A group of children looking at objects on a table in Vaucluse House Kitchen
Various times

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

Two kids juicing lemons at a big wooden table in the kitchen at Elizabeth Farm.
17 April, 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

Portrait of a man in formal attire
19 April, 10:30am
Online talk

Colonial Secretary's Minutes, 1826-1927

This webinar will take a deep dive into the Colonial Secretary's minutes

Arcade at Rouse Hill Estate
28 April, 9am

Members Hour: Rouse Hill Estate

Experience Members Hour at Rouse Hill Estate

Exterior of Rose Seidler House
4 May, various times

Curator-led tour of Rose Seidler House & Julian Rose House

Enjoy a tour of Rose Seidler House with Museums of History NSW curator Michael Lech, plus a rare peek at the Julian Rose House with Brian Seidler AM

The first three decades (decade 3), Coomaditchie artists and community members, 2022, acrylic on unstretched canvas, 302cm x 213.5 cm. 
Coomaditchie United Aboriginal Corporation
25 May, 11:30am

Coomaditchie: The Art Of Place Curators Talk

Join First Nations Curator Tess Allas for a tour of the thought-provoking exhibition Coomaditchie: The Art of Place

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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