The Mint
Courtyard and grassed area, The Mint. Photo © Nicolas Watt for Sydney Living Museums MIN13_0052

Open Today

 
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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Detail of design for ticketing signage showing two views of proposed sign.

 

New signs to find the wayThursday 2 July 2015

Excavtion with two men working in crouched position with lawn and sandstone building in background.

The Mint

Lighting up The Mint courtyardTuesday 30 June 2015

Works are underway to install some new lighting in the Mint courtyard and forecourt.

Section of wallpaper sample

New online

Handmade wallpaperTuesday 2 June 2015

Until the 1950s almost all wallpaper used in Australian homes was imported, mostly from England.

Two men work behind black counter with sandstone background. Dinner table and chairs in foreground.

 

Come dine with usTuesday 3 March 2015

Sydney Living Museums’ hospitality partners are proud to present special seasonal offers at our venues.

People in the hammocks at Hyde Park Barracks Museum

Australia Day

Australia Day 2014Friday 23 January 2015

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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Detail from the new square $4.20 coin I designed for #sydneymint featuring the #queenofhearts herself

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The Sydney Mint (Australia's first mint) struck 3,600,000 of these 1936 silver threepence for general circulation. This was also the last time that that Australian coat of arms and the portrait of King George V appeared on the threepence. #Australia #australiancoin #australiancoins #coin #coins #sliver #last #toned #kinggeorgev #kangaroo #emu #Sydney #sydneymint ©Australian Coin Info 2015

The Sydney Mint (Australia's first mint) struck 3,600,000 of these 1936 silver threepence for general circulation. This was also the last time that that Australian coat of arms and the portrait of King George V appeared on the threepence. #Australia #australiancoin #australiancoins #coin #coins #sliver #last #toned #kinggeorgev #kangaroo #emu #Sydney #sydneymint ©Australian Coin Info 2015

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