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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

Elizabeth Farm Brand shoot
Various times

All in a day’s work at Elizabeth Farm

Join us for a hands-on workshop where kids will discover what life was like at Elizabeth Farm 200 years ago

A group of children looking at objects on a table in Vaucluse House Kitchen
Various times

All in a day’s work at Vaucluse House

Join us for a hands-on workshop where kids will discover what life was like at Vaucluse House 170 years ago

Arcade at Rouse Hill Estate
28 April, 9am

Members Hour: Rouse Hill Estate

Experience Members Hour at Rouse Hill Estate

Between the mountains and the sea, Lorraine Brown and Narelle Thomas, 2008. Photo © Bernie Fisher, 2022. Artworks © the artists
2 May, 11.30am

Coomaditchie Artists in Conversation

Hear from senior Coomaditchie artists in conversation with First Nations Curator Tess Allas

The drawing room at Elizabeth Farm lit by candles
3 May, 6pm

A night at the Macarthurs at Elizabeth Farm

As night falls on Dharug Country, at Elizabeth Farm the curtains are drawn, the dining table is set and the fire has been lit in the Macarthurs’ Drawing Room

Exterior of Rose Seidler House
4 May, various times

Curator-led tour of Rose Seidler House & Julian Rose House

Enjoy a tour of Rose Seidler House with Museums of History NSW curator Michael Lech, plus a rare peek at the Julian Rose House with Brian Seidler AM

 White Bay Power Station
9 May 12pm & 1.20pm

Members 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

Three children in fancy dress
17 May, 10.30am
Online talk

Unlocking Past Lives

Join Mathew Stephens, research librarian at the Caroline Simpson Library, as he uses the library’s specialist collection to explore the contexts of a selection of historic family photographs.

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

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

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

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.

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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