What's on

This Month

Touring exhibition | Exhibition

Captured: Portraits of Crime, 1870 – 1930

Now on tour

1 April - 31 October 2023
How Cities Work illustration.
Touring exhibition | Exhibition

How cities work

Now on tour

10 June - 8 October 2023
Now showing
Featured exhibition | Exhibition

The People’s House: Sydney Opera House at 50

Celebrating five decades of extraordinary performances and unforgettable moments from the Sydney Opera House

1 July – 12 November 2023
Museum of Sydney
Turanville near Scone, property of Thomas Cook Esq.: a view of the grounds from the front of the house, Joseph Check, 1889
Featured display | Exhibition

Home in the Hunter

A look at the changing fortunes of pastoral estates of the Hunter Region

1 August - 20 October 2023
Caroline Simpson Library
Matching wool colours using a late 19th-century pattern and unfinished Berlin wool work sample from the Caroline Simpson Library and Research Collection
9 October
Talk | Event

Stitchers at work

Needles fly when Museums of History NSW Soft Furnishings volunteers converge twice a month at Elizabeth Bay House

09 October 2023 12:30 AM - 1:30 AM
Elizabeth Bay House
Five women pose together in front of a wooden building
11 October, 6.30pm
Talk | Event

Experiencing a Technical Difficulty

Join Dr Catriona Quinn on a journey through Australia’s rich interior design heritage and a deep dive into the studios of design educators in Sydney in the 1940s, 50s and 60

11 October 2023 8:30 AM - 10:00 AM
The Mint
The People's House: Up Late at the Museum of Sydney
12 October 5pm
Special event | Event

The People’s House: Up Late

As the sun sets, join us for a celebratory series of late-night activations at the Museum of Sydney in association with the exhibition 'The People’s House: Sydney Opera House at 50'

12 October 2023 7:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Museum of Sydney
Natural dyeing workshop
15 October, 10am & 1pm
Workshop | Event

Natural dyeing workshop with Leah Giblin

This spring, join us for a bespoke fabric-dyeing workshop with renowned textile designer and environmental advocate Leah Giblin

15 October 2023 12:00 AM - 2:00 AM
Vaucluse House
Harold Blair and Ida Scott circa 1940s/50s at the piano
18 October, 6pm
Special event | Event

First Stories of the House: The Life, Contribution & Legacy of Opera Singer Harold Blair AM

Join us for an evening celebrating the life of Harold Blair with a panel discussion moderated by Bundjalung and Kullilli journalist and broadcaster Daniel Browning

18 October 2023 8:00 AM - 9:30 AM
Elizabeth Bay House - Back stairs
22 October, 9am
Special event | Event

Members Hour: Elizabeth Bay House

Members will have the unique opportunity to visit two areas of the house that are rarely open to the public: the back stairs and the attics

22 October 2023 11:00 PM - 12:00 AM
Elizabeth Bay House
Book plate dated 1809
25 October, 2pm
Tour | Event

A matter of taste

Explore 250 years of discussion about ‘good’ and bad ‘taste’ in the home in this tour of rare book treasures

25 October 2023 4:00 AM - 5:00 AM
Caroline Simpson Library
Men stand in a workshop behind stacks of large hardcover books
26 October, 1pm
Tour | Event

Behind the scenes tour - State Archives Collection

Rare Book Week 2023

26 October 2023 3:00 AM - 5:00 AM
State Archives Reading Room
First Nations Speaker Series Logo
26 October, 6pm
Talk | Event

First Nations Speaker Series

Aboriginal Languages Trust Panel Discussion

26 October 2023 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
Museum of Sydney
Visitors look up, their faces illuminated by the light of the projected film. They are seated at round tables with candles and cocktails.
27 October, 5pm-9pm
Special event | Event

After Dark: Dis(order)

Join us for this year’s final After Dark, an evening of live music, discussion and dis(order) as we delve into Sydney’s nightlife and cultural history

27 October 2023 6:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Justice & Police Museum
27 October, 10.30am
Online talk | Event

Webinar: Divorce records revisited

This webinar is an update of one of our favourites, providing tips and techniques for researching Divorce Case Papers in our Collection

27 October 2023 11:30 PM - 12:30 AM
Girl with superimposed illustration of aeroplane and clouds
Touring exhibition | Exhibition

On the Move

Now on tour

28 October 2023 - 28 January 2024
An Gorta Mor, The Australian Monument to the Great Irish Famine, southern wall, Hyde Park Barracks
Permanent display | Exhibition

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

Hyde Park Barracks
Permanent display | Exhibition

Yura Nura: People & Country

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

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

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

Museum of Sydney
First Fleet ship models, Museum of Sydney
Permanent display | Exhibition

First Fleet Ships

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

Museum of Sydney
Tony Albert, Healing land, remembering Country, 2020. Installation view for Elizabeth Farm (2020).
Permanent display | Exhibition

Healing land, remembering Country

A powerful work by Kuku Yalanji artist Tony Albert

Elizabeth Farm
Boy playing with LEGO.
Permanent display | Exhibition

Rouse Hill Estate in LEGO® Bricks

Featuring amazing models of the iconic Rouse Hill House, outbuildings, stable and barns constructed from LEGO® bricks

Rouse Hill Estate
Sergeant Tracker Alexander ‘Alec’ Riley, standing in police uniform
Permanent display | Exhibition

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

Justice & Police Museum