By supporting Sydney Living Museums Foundation, you are helping to us to preserve a unique portfolio of 12 historic houses and museums.

Support from members of the public, companies and other charitable organisations, helps us to refurbish and conserve our heritage properties, acquire objects to extend collections, and support our research and education programs.  Your generosity ensures that we preserve and protect our Australian history and heritage, in exciting contemporary ways, for today and for future generations.

Thank you for your generous support.

You can donate by completing the form below, calling 02 8239 2433 or emailing

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Sydney Living Museums Foundation

The Sydney Living Museums Foundation, headed by Chairman Edward Simpson, supports and assists the Board of Trustees by encouraging philanthropic support and interest in the work of Sydney Living Museums. With a portfolio of 12 properties, including UNESCO World Heritage Site Hyde Park Barracks Museum and The Mint, philanthropy is essential to ensure we continue to care and preserve our unique sites for future generations.

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Photo © James Horan for Sydney Living Museums

Governors' Circle

We acknowledge and thank those donors who elect to become Members of the Governors Circle. Their generosity enables us to acquire new items, fund research projects and continue our extensive exhibitions, programs and education programs. Governors Circle members are passionate about supporting the heritage work undertaken by Sydney Living Museums. Join us and share our passion.

Learn more about the Governors' Circle.

Photo © James Horan for Sydney Living Museums

Leave a legacy

Sydney Living Museums plays an important role in preserving the 12 historic places they care for, to ensure that future generations understand how the Australian story developed and their part in that story.  A legacy to Sydney Living Museums helps us to continue to care, preserve and manage our unique portfolio of heritage houses and museums as well as acquire items for our collections. 

Learn more about leaving a bequest.

Exterior of Meroogal with Jacaranda trees in bloom. Photo © Douglas Riley for Sydney Living Museums


Areas you can support

Houses & Museums

Drawing Room, Vaucluse House. Photo © James Horan for Sydney Living Museums

Your gift will help us conserve unique houses and museums which reflect the heritage of Australia.  Each place is unique and tells its’ own story.  From the history of convict transportation to the stories of first families like the Wentworths, Macarthurs and  Macleays, we can trace our history through the stories and collections in each house and museum.   UNESCO site, Hyde Park Barracks Museum and The Mint, Sydney’s oldest public building,  reflect the astonishing development of Sydney and how the city was established.

Donate now to conserve these beautiful houses and museums.


Students taking part in convict roleplay activities as part of an education program at the Hyde Park Barracks Museum. Photo © James Horan for Sydney Living Museums

Your generous support enables us to provide history and heritage education programs which link with the NSW curriculum, provide assistance for regional and rural primary schools as well as delivering exciting and innovative experiences to immerse children in the history of Australia. Our partnership with aboriginal cultural organisation, Muru Mittigar at Rouse Hill House & Farm delivers Aboriginal and Torres Strait islander histories and cultures in powerful and memorable ways. The Justice & Police Museum re-creates the 1890s providing authentic and fun experiences learning about law and society. Many other education programs are available and new programs are regularly developed which help our young people to understand the events which formed Australia as a nation.

Donate now to support education of Australians, young and old.


Sydney Conservatorium of Music students researching at the Caroline Simpson Library & Research Collection, Sydney Living Museums. Photo Matthew Stephens © Sydney Living Museums

Your contribution to our ongoing research projects enables Sydney Living Museums to invest in research in the history and heritage of Australia.  Research helps us to adapt our museums and houses with a fusion of contemporary use and historical interpretation.  Future generations will learn about the past through the research we do and the knowledge we glean. Funds are used to digitise images which are made available to the public through our picture catalogue.

Donate now to continue the research into heritage and history.


Margaret Catchpole's ring. Gift of Mrs Anne Athol Hughes (nee Stewart), 1958. Photo © Rob Little for Sydney Living Museums

Your gift will help us to grow and maintain our important collections.  The custodians of many unique pieces, your gift allows Sydney Living Museums to purchase items of national importance as well as acquire rare books and other items.  The Caroline Simpson Library and Research Collection houses  the largest collection of interior and garden items including  architectural pattern books, photos, catalogues soft furnishings and trimmings, personal papers and manuscripts, pictures, photographs, books, periodicals and oral histories and more.  Our collections tell your stories.

Donate now to grow and preserve our collections for future generations.

Contact us

If you would like further information, please contact:

Joy England
Head of Development
P: + 612 8239 2433