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Interior of the White Bay Power Station
9 Mar–10 June, 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

Mausoleum showing perimeter fence
18 May, 1.30pm

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

Melinda Doring on the set of The Lost Flowers of Alice Hart, photo by Hugh Stewart
21 May, 6pm

Creating Imagined Interiors

Join Melinda Doring, Craig McPherson and Joanna Nicholas as they discuss different approaches to creating interiors for house museums and film and television productions

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 Curator Talk

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

Sonic Spaces 2023
26 May, 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

Objects form the Caroline Simpson Library & Research Collection on display in the Caroline Simpson Library.
29 May, 10am

Members Hour: Caroline Simpson Library

Experience Members Hour at Caroline Simpson Library

Queen Victoria Building
30 May, 5.30pm & 7pm

QVB Twilight Tours

Join us for a special-access tour of one of Sydney’s best-loved architectural icons, the Queen Victoria Building (QVB)

Two visitors observe the well at Parbury Ruins during Sydney Open
1 June, various times

Tour of Parbury Ruins and Arthur Payne's House

Enjoy a tour of two archaeological sites and uncover some of the rich history of The Rocks

Coomaditchie: The Art of Place marketing photoshoot
2 June, 10.30am & 1pm

Sketching memory with Dennis Golding

Join Golding and artist Cameron Stead for a special drawing workshop in which participants will explore their own memories of place drawn from the built environment

The Vaucluse House dining room fully set and lit by candlelight
5 June, 6pm

An Evening Visit to Vaucluse House

Experience the Wentworths’ picturesque estate and harbourside retreat on an exclusive and intimate tour after dark

Peter Cooley, IndigiGrow
6 June, 10.30am & 1pm

Caring for Country with IndigiGrow

Join Peter Cooley from IndigiGrow for a workshop that focuses on the lost native landscapes of eastern Sydney

Museum of Sydney, Welcome event for Coomaditchie
15 June, 2.30pm

Artist talk with Dennis Golding

Dennis Golding joins Dr Jacqui Newling for a thoughtful discussion about memory, making and practice

Detective at foot of Argyle Steps, The Rocks (Sydney), late 1930s. Details unknown.
16 June, 10.30am

Sin City: Sydney Crime Stories Walking Tour

Visit real crime scenes from the past and hear the stories behind the crimes

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

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

Art of Place: Poetry Workshop with Lucy Norton

You are invited to write about your 'Art of Place' at a Poetry Workshop with Lucy Norton

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

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

Memory shield workshop

Join Dennis Golding for a special creative workshop

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

First Nations Speaker Series: Coomaditchie

This quarter the First Nations Speaker Series will be exploring activism in the Illawarra region and beyond

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

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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