The Mint
The Mint. Photo © Nicholas Watt for Sydney Living Museums MIN13_0064

Next Open Monday 24 November

 
9AM - 5PM
  • Wheelchair Accessible

Entry

Free admission

Address

10 Macquarie Street, Sydney, NSW, 2000

Phone

+612 8239 2288
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Financed with 45,000 gallons of rum, Governor Macquarie’s ‘Rum Hospital’ provided 200 beds for convict patients. But stuffy, overcrowded and rife with dysentery, it quickly became known as ‘the Sidney Slaughter House’.

Series of B/W illustrations of metal rolling and coin pressing machinary and an exterior view of a large 2 storey verandah building with workers. The Royal Mint, Sydney.

In this award-winning redevelopment of Sydney CBD’s oldest public building and historic coining factory, past and present truly co-exist. Facing Macquarie Street, the elegant colonnaded building once formed the southern wing of Governor Macquarie’s notorious Rum Hospital and later part of the first overseas branch of London’s Royal Mint. The coining factory behind, shipped in pieces from England during the height of the gold rushes, contained the most cutting-edge technology in the colony. Integrating new and heritage buildings, historic structures and archaeological elements, the site today houses our head office and verandah café, while the central courtyard provides a tranquil oasis on Sydney’s busy Macquarie Street. The Mint is also home to the Caroline Simpson Library, which holds the only public research collection in Australia dedicated to the history of the home and garden.

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Events

Recreating the Salon experienceThursday 13 November 2014

Imagine it’s 1850. You’re sitting in the opulent drawing room of Vaucluse House listening to a quartet entertain you with popular tunes from Bach, Schubert and Mozart. You are so close you can see the...

Five turf care machines on lawn in front of verandah of pink building.

Gardens

Looking after our lawnsThursday 30 October 2014

Lawns are often overlooked as living breathing plants. Mostly we mow them, edge them and move on.

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Venues

CanTeen’s Online Support Platform launchedTuesday 21 October 2014

Successful launch of CanTeen’s Online Support Platform at The Mint on Friday 16 October.

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Membership

Members program announcedWednesday 8 October 2014

Sydney Living Museums has unveiled a generous new membership program offering exclusive benefits across its portfolio of 12 of the most important historic houses, gardens and museums in New South Wales.

Cellist Teije Hylkema plays an original 1813 cello that belonged to Mrs Elizabeth Macquarie

 

SMH: Taking Mrs Macquarie's legacy for a driveThursday 21 August 2014

Cellist Teije Hylkema plays an original 1813 cello that belonged to Mrs Elizabeth Macquarie in preparation for a series of concerts by...

When the Sydney Mint’s Coining Factory opened in May 1855 it contained the most cutting-edge technology in the colony. The building itself was equally innovative. Made of prefabricated cast-iron components, it was shipped in pieces to Sydney, where it could be quickly assembled.

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"... carefully weaving new contemporary architectural forms and technology within the existing structures." - Richard Francis-Jones #sydneymint #conservation #FJMT #research #architecture #ceebs #essay 😶

"... carefully weaving new contemporary architectural forms and technology within the existing structures." - Richard Francis-Jones #sydneymint #conservation #FJMT #research #architecture #ceebs #essay 😶

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Dietes robinsoniana, otherwise known as Lord Howe Wedding Lily....indigenous only to Lord Howe Island but here it is flowering at The Mint #sydlivmus #sydneymint #dietesrobinsoniana

Dietes robinsoniana, otherwise known as Lord Howe Wedding Lily....indigenous only to Lord Howe Island but here it is flowering at The Mint #sydlivmus #sydneymint #dietesrobinsoniana

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Cycad (Cycas revoluta) with a flush of new leaves opposite The Mint, Sydney #sydlivmus #sydneymint #cycad

Cycad (Cycas revoluta) with a flush of new leaves opposite The Mint, Sydney #sydlivmus #sydneymint #cycad

3 weeks 5 days
We caught this sneaky shot of our Chief Rabbit looking very pensive just seconds after sending today's bride Nicole down the aisle. WRPxx
#sydneyweddingplanner #eventengineers #theweddingplanner #sydneymint #whiterabbitprojects

We caught this sneaky shot of our Chief Rabbit looking very pensive just seconds after sending today's bride Nicole down the aisle. WRPxx #sydneyweddingplanner #eventengineers #theweddingplanner #sydneymint #whiterabbitprojects

1 month 2 weeks
Meeting at the Mint today. @sydlivmus exciting things to come :)

Meeting at the Mint today. @sydlivmus exciting things to come :)

2 months 19 hours
Historic buildings and Hyde park #sydneyeye #barracks #cathedral #sydneymint #hydepark

Historic buildings and Hyde park #sydneyeye #barracks #cathedral #sydneymint #hydepark

4 months 3 weeks
#batteryoperated #candles . A good substitute when there is no other option . And of course to go with them, lots of our beautiful #flowers . #white@#wedding #instawedding #sydney #tiffanychairs #perspexchairs #sydneymint #macquariestreet #sydneywedding @restaurantassociates

#batteryoperated #candles . A good substitute when there is no other option . And of course to go with them, lots of our beautiful #flowers . #white@#wedding #instawedding #sydney #tiffanychairs #perspexchairs #sydneymint #macquariestreet #sydneywedding @restaurantassociates

5 months 3 weeks
21st century meets 19th at #sydneymint. #ilovesydney #sydneyhistory

21st century meets 19th at #sydneymint. #ilovesydney #sydneyhistory

7 months 1 week
Conservation of the #sydneymint old vs new. CLE bumper morning.

Conservation of the #sydneymint old vs new. CLE bumper morning.

8 months 3 weeks
The 1909 proposal to demolish the Sydney Mint was unsuccessful 👍

The 1909 proposal to demolish the Sydney Mint was unsuccessful 👍

9 months 1 week