The People’s House: Sydney Opera House at 50
The People’s House: Sydney Opera House at 50 at the Museum of Sydney celebrates five decades of extraordinary performances and unforgettable moments at the Sydney Opera House. This year, we commemorate 50 incredible years of this architectural marvel that has become Sydney’s great civic space and ‘the people’s house’.
Since its grand opening on 20 October 1973, the Opera House has stood as a beacon of artistic expression, leaving an indelible mark on the global stage. Its iconic silhouette has become a symbol of Sydney, and Australia.
Relive the magic of past performances and events and go behind the scenes to discover the remarkable stories that have shaped the Opera House from its very first year to now. View extraordinary costumes, posters and programs, rare archival records, architectural drawings, photographs and much more.
Explore the Opera House’s architectural details through a playful LEGO® model, test your design skills with our digital drafting table and conduct a virtual orchestra in Maestro, an interactive space where you'll collaborate in the creation of an audiovisual performance.
Artworks include a specially commissioned woven Opera House by master First Nations weavers Steven Russell and Phyllis Stewart that responds to the iconic shellwork of the Opera House created by renowned Bidjigal artist and elder Esme Timbery commissioned by the Opera House in 2002.
In addition to the exhibition at the Museum of Sydney, posters and photographs from 1973 and the early 2000s that reflect the extraordinary variety of local and international productions staged at the Opera House will be on display in the Opera House’s Bennelong Passage and Box Office Lounge.
School holidays: During school holidays children can visit the exhibition and take part in our kids trail. Visit the information desk to pick up your worksheet. Happy exploring!
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are advised that The People’s House exhibition contains images, voices and names of deceased persons in photographs, film, audio recordings and text.
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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'
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
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One of the most spectacular costumes on display in the exhibition The People’s House: Sydney Opera House at 50 is an extraordinary Renaissance dress designed by Kristian Fredrikson and worn by Dame Joan Sutherland in the part of the notorious Lucrezia Borgia
Jørn Utzon and the Sydney Opera House opening
An eye-catching object in the People’s House: Sydney Opera House at 50 exhibition reveals an unexpected story of the opening ceremonies, of performance, and of international diplomacy
Instantly recognisable, the Opera House has been replicated across a vast array of forms and materials, from kitsch souvenirs and homewares to artworks and designer accessories
A short documentary that offers a glimpse into the life of Harold Blair, a world-renowned tenor, family man and political campaigner who sought social justice and human rights for Australia’s First Nations people
Wulli Wulli tenor Harold Blair AM was Australia’s first professionally trained Aboriginal opera singer
Hear from former staff, creatives and performers about their most cherished memories of the iconic building
Stepping away from her signature pink, Barbie honours the Sydney Opera House with more subtle tones in her gown, that reflect the Opera House and its Harbourside location
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