What's on


Profile of man wearing tall cap
7 June, 6pm

Queer Infiltrators

An intimate conversation in the Caroline Simpson Library with distinguished Professor Peter McNeil and Mel Flyte

First Nations Speaker Series Logo
8 June, 6pm

First Nations Speaker Series

Celebrating NSW Aboriginal languages revival from a cross-generational perspective

Design of square and circle shapes with eyes
16 June, 5pm-9pm
Special event

After Dark: Belonging

Join us for a thought-provoking discussion and interactive performances as speakers and artists explore what it means to belong in a multicultural society such as Australia

Eat Your History publication photography at Elizabeth Farm
18 June, 10am & 1pm

Country Women's Association Masterclass

Join us for a special masterclass at Vaucluse House with the Country Women’s Association (CWA)

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

Winter Solstice at Elizabeth Bay House

Wrap up warm and arrive before dawn to experience a magnificent display as the sun rises over the horizon

Deck, Rose Seidler House, April 2011
24 June, 12pm

In conversation with Penelope Seidler AM and architect Colin Griffiths

Join Penelope Seidler and Colin Griffiths for an in conversation facilitated by Polly Seidler

View towards playroom, Rose Seidler House
24 June, 2.30pm

Tour of Rose Seidler House with Penelope Seidler AM

Join this exclusive tour of the iconic Rose Seidler House with Penelope Seidler AM

Exterior of Rose Seidler House
25 June, 10am-4pm
Special event

Harry Seidler 100

In celebration of the 100th birthday of Harry Seidler, MHNSW will open the doors of Rose Seidler House, ‘the most talked about house in Sydney’, for a festive focus weekend on 24 and 25 June

Fireworks above the Opera House on the night of the official opening, before the commencement of the opening concert. October 20th 1973.
30 June, 5pm
Special event

Members Preview: The People’s House: Sydney Opera House at 50

Members only preview of The People’s House: Sydney Opera House at 50, a new exhibition celebrating five decades of its unforgettable moments

Visitors viewing the History Reflected exhibition at the Museum of Sydney
1 July, 9am-10am
Special event

Members Hour: Museum of Sydney

Celebrate the very first Members Hour, kicking off at the Museum of Sydney with a light morning tea, plus activities for ‘mini’ members

The Weaving Room
1 & 2 July

Weaving with Steven Russell and Phyllis Stewart

Celebrate NAIDOC Week in this special workshop with master weavers Steven Russell and Phyllis Stewart

Holly Schulte and Sunil Badami sit at the stage at the front of the Water Police Court and speak about Holly's work at MHNSW
11 August, 5pm-9pm
Special event

After Dark: Boycott

Listen to our panel of experts as they delve into the concepts of cancel culture, censorship and freedom of expression


 John Lamb Date of death 17 January 1862, Granted on 5 February 1862
23 June, 10.30am
Online talk

Webinar: Probate packets revisited

This webinar will focus on the sources for probate in the State Archives Collection and the techniques you can use to find them

Sydney Opera House program for the performance of The Magic Flute
21 July, 10.30am
Online talk

Webinar: Programs in the Spotlight

The upcoming MHNSW exhibition: The People’s House – The Sydney Opera House at 50 features dozens of programs from the State Archive collection. Join exhibition curator Dr Scott Hill as we dive into an intriguing archive

Sketch showing the proposed line of Essex Street, Sydney, St Phillip Parish
25 August, 10.30am
Online talk

Webinar: The Court of Claims

This webinar will explore the records of this Court, how to find them and what they can tell you about NSW land ownership in the 19th Century

On display

Eirene Mort (right) and Nora Weston, Gate Manor, Dent, Cumbria, photographer unknown, c1912. Photograph © Rob Little
Featured display

Queering the interior: London, New York, Sydney, 1882–1929

An exploration of the creative worlds and design practices of figures from queer history

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

First Fleet ship models, Museum of Sydney
Permanent display

First Fleet Ships

This display explores the journey, arrival and first contacts of this fleet’s largely unwilling human cargo

An Gorta Mor, The Australian Monument to the Great Irish Famine, southern wall, Hyde Park Barracks
Permanent display

Australian monument to the Great Irish Famine

The Australian monument to the Great Irish Famine is located on the southern wall of the Hyde Park Barracks

Touring exhibitions

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

Now on tour

How Cities Work illustration.
Touring exhibition

How cities work

Available for hire

A hard-hat diver prepares to enter the water from the side of a punt. 1930s-1980s.
Touring exhibition

A Thousand Words

Available for hire

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

Touring exhibition

Captured: Portraits of Crime, 1870 – 1930

Available for hire