Our year in review 2023

It’s been wonderful to see visitors returning in numbers to our onsite exhibitions, events and programs, as well as taking up an expanding range of opportunities to experience them online.

Along with our ongoing site-based installations and displays at our historic houses and gardens, our changing program of exhibitions and public events celebrates and explores our places and collections and connects them with visitors and a broad mix of community perspectives, expertise and creativity. Among the year’s many highlights were the ever-popular Eel Festival, late-night programs at several of our city museums and The People’s House, a major exhibition developed in collaboration with the Sydney Opera House to celebrate its 50th birthday. The UNESCO World Heritage–listed Hyde Park Barracks continued to provide a unique and dramatic canvas for installations and programs that explore the site’s complex histories and themes of migration and colonisation.

Increasingly, we’ve been able to put much of the content and research associated with our exhibitions and events online, making it accessible to audiences beyond the time and place of the physical event.

Highlight exhibitions & installations

Past exhibition

The People’s House: Sydney Opera House at 50

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

Murmurations. Commission: Tony Albert and Angela Tiatia
Past exhibition


Artists Tony Albert and Angela Tiatia have teamed up with creatives Lille Madden, Alina Olivares-Panucci and Corin Ileto

Close up of hands weaving a spiral out of dried raffia.
Past exhibition

The Weaving Room

These drop-in workshops celebrate the history and diversity of First Nations weaving traditions in NSW. Hear from Elders and artists about their traditional weaving practices and create your own piece to take home

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

Talks & tours

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First Nations Speaker Series

Presented in collaboration with GML Heritage and the Research Centre for Deep History at the Australian National University

Magda Dabrowa, Holly Schulte and Nerida Campbell sit around a table in the Water Police Court. They are smiling at each other as they wrap up the event for the night.

After Dark

Join us for the 2023 edition of After Dark at the Justice & Police Museum

Men stand in a workshop behind stacks of large hardcover books
Past event

Behind the scenes tour - State Archives Collection

Join this rare opportunity to step inside the Western Sydney Records Centre

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Sydney Open

Our city’s premier architectural event opened the doors of the most historically and architecturally inspiring buildings and spaces across Sydney

Festivals & events

The facade of the Hyde Park Barracks featuring 'Love that dares', a projected artwork by Jacqui North.
Past event

Queer in Warrane

Celebrate Sydney WorldPride at the Hyde Park Barracks

Jessy McKinless of Nulungu Dreaming dancing at the 2021 Eel Festival held at Elizabeth Farm
Past event

Eel Festival

Discover First Nations history of Parramatta, on Darug Country

The People's House: Up Late at the Museum of Sydney
Past 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'

Close up of a Christmas decoration on the Christmas tree in the drawing room at Vaucluse House.
Past event

Festivities at Vaucluse House

Ring in the holiday season at beautiful Vaucluse House

Research & discovery

It happens everywhere, every day, across the organisation – the dual tasks of doing research and supporting others in their research and discovery ...

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