The Mint
Staircase outside the Boardroom, The Mint.  Photo © Nicholas Watt for Sydney Living Museums

Open Today

 
9.30AM - 5PM
  • Cafe
  • 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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The exterior of the Mint in Sydney.

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200 years of the Rum Hospital: a symposiumWednesday 1 June 2016

Pencil drawing on fragile paper.

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200 years of the NSW Government ArchitectThursday 23 June 2016

When Francis Greenway was appointed Civil Architect by Governor Lachlan Macquarie in March 1816, he became the first government architect of New South Wales, a post which celebrates its 200th anniversary in 2016.

Two children in old-fashioned kitchen using implements in front of window.

Children & Family

Autumn school holiday funFriday 18 March 2016

Cropped version of photo portrait of bearded man, mounted on card.

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Moonlite at the Sydney MintTuesday 9 February 2016

If you’ve ever visited The Mint on Sydney’s Macquarie Street, chances are you have walked in the footsteps of an infamous Australian bushranger, ‘Captain Moonlite’.

Catalan Creme Cracked

 

No. 10 Bistro - Opens at The MintTuesday 2 February 2016

The 200-year-old Mint building at 10 Macquarie Street, Sydney has welcomed a new era with the arrival of No. 10 Bistro opening today on the first floor.

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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Aerial view of the Mint forecourt in 1962. Note there is no front fence.

At this time the Mint would have housed Government offices. Between 1926 and 1997 almost 20 different Government departments and law courts came and went from the Mint buildings. 
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Aerial view of the Mint forecourt in 1962. Note there is no front fence. At this time the Mint would have housed Government offices. Between 1926 and 1997 almost 20 different Government departments and law courts came and went from the Mint buildings. #SydneyMint

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Happy 50th my dear friend @clintonsydney You are dearly loved and valued by your Lord and Saviour not to mention those who celebrated with you last night. Praying for a long and fruitful life Clinton. #artcollective #artlover @botanics_sydney #sydneymint

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