Meroogal
Side of the house facing Worrigee Street, Meroogal, 2008 MER08_0007

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10.30AM - 3.30PM
Open extra days during school holidays:
Tues 23 Sep to Sat 27 Sep and Tues 30 Sep to Sat 4 Oct
  • Wheelchair Accessible

Entry

Adult $8

Child (under 15)/Concession $4

Family (2 adults + 2 children) $17

Members free

Address

Corner West and Worrigee streets, Nowra, NSW 2541

Phone

+612 4421 8150
Meroogal

Some houses are immediately friendly and inviting. Meroogal is such a house. Handed down through four generations of women from one local family, it tells a multitude of stories about the ‘Roogal’ women and the south-coast community in which they lived.

Family group portrait. Thorburn family at Meroogal, 13 January 1891.

A few blocks from the town centre of Nowra on NSW’s south coast, Meroogal is a rare and precious gem. Barely changed since it was built in the 1880s, the distinctive ‘Carpenter Gothic’ house has been loved and maintained by four generations of Thorburn and MacGregor women through the pleasures and labours of daily life. The house still overflows with their belongings – favourite books and ornaments, furniture, photographs, diaries and journals, newspaper clippings, receipts and recipes, appliances and clothes – and the garden, although reduced from its original size, still provides fruits and fresh produce that hint at their self-sufficiency and hospitality. Meroogal invites us into their lives, and through their private histories draws us into a shared and living past.

Find out More About Meroogal

Meroogal women's art prize

The Latest At Meroogal

Girl with hula hoop on the grounds of Elizabeth Farm, Sydney.

Events

Summer School Holiday opening hoursMonday 24 November 2014

New online

Rocco Fazzari draws for SLMTuesday 16 December 2014

Sydney Living Museums has commissioned artist Rocco Fazzari to create a series of fine line drawings of the twelve museums in our portfolio.

Shot of landscape painting of the Meroogal drawing room

 

Artists share their stories at MeroogalFriday 28 November 2014

Sepia toned photo of moustached man with white collar and dark jacket.

New online

Hirsute heritage and facial fashionsWednesday 19 November 2014

If you’re growing your moustache for Movember you’re probably at the point now where you need to consider the style you’re going to adopt. We have a selection from our collections for you to choose from.

Jars as part of art installation on shelf below window.

New online

Installing the Meroogal Women’s Art Prize 2014Wednesday 12 November 2014

One of the common questions being asked by visitors to the Meroogal Women’s Art Prize this year is ‘How did you go about installing the artworks in the house, with all the collections in there?’ The answer is that the process was a little time consuming, at times complex, but most certainly rewarding.

 

Promo banner for Cook and Curator blog. Curator Scott Hill and 'cook' Jacqui Newling stand outside meroogal.

Meroogal on Instagram

From this morning's visit to  Meroogal, an historic house  in Nowra #meroogal #history #nowra #interior

From this morning's visit to Meroogal, an historic house in Nowra #meroogal #history #nowra #interior

6 days 14 hours
Inside a 1835 clock just conserved and returned to Meroogal after about 50 years away #Meroogal#sydlivmus

Inside a 1835 clock just conserved and returned to Meroogal after about 50 years away #Meroogal#sydlivmus

1 week 1 day
Meroogal showing it’s true colours as the jacarandas burst into bloom this summer. 
See for yourself every Saturday in this stunning slice of family history. 
http://slm.is/meroogal

#Meroogal

Meroogal showing it’s true colours as the jacarandas burst into bloom this summer. See for yourself every Saturday in this stunning slice of family history. http://slm.is/meroogal #Meroogal

1 month 20 hours
I 💗Meroogal #meroogal #spring xoxo

I 💗Meroogal #meroogal #spring xoxo

1 month 2 weeks
#meroogalartprize #meroogal 
Lovely day for a tour and afternoon tea.

#meroogalartprize #meroogal Lovely day for a tour and afternoon tea.

2 months 2 weeks
On the way #home from #Meroogal art prize. #landscape #instaphoto #instanature #austrianlife #sky #road

On the way #home from #Meroogal art prize. #landscape #instaphoto #instanature #austrianlife #sky #road

2 months 4 weeks
@malleywigs drawing some water for garden. #meroogal @sydlivmus

@malleywigs drawing some water for garden. #meroogal @sydlivmus

2 months 4 weeks
Meroogal balcony #meroogal #sydlivmus #nowra

Meroogal balcony #meroogal #sydlivmus #nowra

3 months 8 hours
Meroogal back door #meroogal #sydlivmus #nowra

Meroogal back door #meroogal #sydlivmus #nowra

3 months 8 hours