What's on


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

Stitchers at work

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

Five women pose together in front of a wooden building
11 October, 6.30pm

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

The People's House: Up Late at the Museum of Sydney
12 October 5pm
Special 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'

Natural dyeing workshop
15 October, 10am & 1pm

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

Harold Blair and Ida Scott circa 1940s/50s at the piano
18 October, 6pm
Special 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

Elizabeth Bay House - Back stairs
22 October, 9am
Special 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

Book plate dated 1809
25 October, 2pm

A matter of taste

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

First Nations Speaker Series Logo
26 October, 6pm

First Nations Speaker Series

Aboriginal Languages Trust Panel Discussion

27 October, 10.30am
Online talk

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

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

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

A woman browses an exhibition display of a mannequin wearing a blue dress imprinted with the sails of the Sydney Opera House
7 November, 5pm

Members Curator Up Close: The People’s House: Sydney Opera House at 50

Come backstage at The People’s House: Sydney Opera House at 50, with Museums of History NSW curator Dr Scott Hill

Sydney Opera House Sustainability Tour
7 & 9 November, 9.30am

Sydney Opera House Sustainability Tour

Join us on this special sustainability tour and discover what makes the Sydney Opera House a 6-star Green Star–rated building

James Facer Gray Siddins - Date of Death 11/06/1934, Granted on 11/01/1935 NRS-13660-15-1982-Series 4_201228
10 November, 10.30am
Online talk

Webinar: Deceased estate files revisited

This webinar examines deceased estate files in the State Archives Collection and the techniques you can use to find them

Sydney Opera House Heritage Tour, Hero Image, 2023
11 November, 9.15am & 11.15am

Sydney Opera House Heritage Tour

Join a tour of the Sydney Opera House with architect and author Alan Croker

Seidler Office and Seidler Penthouse, 2 Glen St, Misons Point, Sydney Open 2022
19 November, 10am & 11.30am

Seidler Office & Penthouse tour

Harry Seidler's award winning office building and later adjoining penthouse

The vaulted roof shells take shape, July 1965. Sydney Opera House construction.
7 December 6pm

Sails, Octopuses, and Telescopic Cranes

An evening celebrating the construction of the Sydney Opera House through a talk, panel discussion and virtual reality experience

Mr Bradfield's Houses - Department of Public Works, image of children playing outside with see saw and ride on elephant
8 December, 10.30am
Online talk

Webinar: Public Works photographs: an unsung treasure

The amazing quality and variety of the photographs taken by the Public Works Department is a testament to the photographers. This webinar will explore these images in depth

Sydney Open Series

Year-round focus tours, talks and workshops

Find out more

On display

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

Turanville near Scone, property of Thomas Cook Esq.: a view of the grounds from the front of the house, Joseph Check, 1889
Featured display

Home in the Hunter

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

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

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

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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