Architecture & design

Crowds at the entrance to St James Station
On This Day

20 Dec 1926 - Sydney underground railway opened

On 20 December 1926 the first section of underground railway in Sydney began operating

A hall is crowded with people sitting in rows down the centre of the floor and in balconies at either side
On This Day

27 Nov 1889 - Sydney Town Hall opened

On 27 November 1889 the Sydney Town Hall was officially opened. The Town Hall was built on Gadigal land, throughout the 1880s, on the site of an old cemetery using local Sydney sandstone

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

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

10 August, 6:00PM - 10 August, 8:00PM
Hand painted title showing the middle section of reclining figure in landscape

A global design story

Their original owner and use remain a mystery, but these striking tiles hold an intriguing connection to a significant international design story

Deck and Harry Seidler mural at Rose Seidler House.

A new way of living

Once word spread about the newly built Rose Seidler House in 1950, it was the ‘most talked about house in Sydney’. Seventy years on, it's impossible to deny the strength and daring of Seidler's vision

Large 2 storey building with deep verandahs, steps leading to lower verandah and bushes and driveway in the foreground.
Museum stories

A rum deal

When Lachlan Macquarie began his term as governor of NSW in 1810, Sydney was in desperate need of a new hospital

A straight edge and a semicircle

Architect Harry Seidler & artist Frank Stella collaborated on just one project - Grosvenor Place. But the influence of Stella’s work is evident in the geometric plans of many towers & civic centres designed by Seidler

Watercolour of trellised verandah and house from garden.

A taste for the ornate

Traces of long-lost decorative features at Elizabeth Farm provide insights into changing fashions in 19th‑century architecture and design

Small structure in tree with sunset behind.

About John Gollings: The History Of The Built World

This exhibition explored over half a century of work from Australia’s foremost architectural photographer comes to the Museum of Sydney