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

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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Lettuces and a pitchfork in a kitchen garden, overlooked by Vaucluse House

 

Good Food Month 2015Tuesday 1 September 2015

Sydney Living Museums is proud to be featured in The Sydney Morning Herald’s Good Food Month for 2015.

View of the front of the Mint building from across Macquarie Street, with ironwork fence and open gate visible.

 

TeachMeet at the MintWednesday 19 August 2015

Woman speaking to two other women in front of doors.

Volunteers

Volunteer for Sydney Open 2015 now!Monday 17 August 2015

Do you want to be part of Sydney Open 2015 and share your passion for Sydney and its architecture? Then this may be the volunteer role for you.

Night time lighting of the Mint buildings, showing back of the Rum Hospital building.

The Mint

More lights on The MintFriday 7 August 2015

Installation of the lighting in The Mint courtyard was completed this week and testing has started on lighting up the Rum Hospital building.

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

 

New signs to find the wayThursday 2 July 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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Let's get back to my Sydney walk...following Macquarie Street there is the oldest public building of Sydney CBD - The Mint. Originally built as a new convict hospital between 1811 and 1816, construction was financed with 45,000 gallons of rum hence the name Rum Hospital. In 1855 there was a first overseas branch of London's Royal Mint established in this building, and run until 1927 when closed. Later there were government offices and museum. Currently there is Head office of Sydney Living Museums @sydlivmus which runs 12 public museums and historic houses.

#sydneymint #sydneyheritage #heritage #australia #everywherehistory #lovehistory #OzHist #sydney

Let's get back to my Sydney walk...following Macquarie Street there is the oldest public building of Sydney CBD - The Mint. Originally built as a new convict hospital between 1811 and 1816, construction was financed with 45,000 gallons of rum hence the name Rum Hospital. In 1855 there was a first overseas branch of London's Royal Mint established in this building, and run until 1927 when closed. Later there were government offices and museum. Currently there is Head office of Sydney Living Museums @sydlivmus which runs 12 public museums and historic houses. #sydneymint #sydneyheritage #heritage #australia #everywherehistory #lovehistory #OzHist #sydney

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Clive Wilkinson at The Mint. Second time today, amazing to hear such a workplace design innovator! #designspeaks2015 #clivewilkinson #sydneymint #sydneyarchitects @scottcarver_architects

Clive Wilkinson at The Mint. Second time today, amazing to hear such a workplace design innovator! #designspeaks2015 #clivewilkinson #sydneymint #sydneyarchitects @scottcarver_architects

2 weeks 2 days
New favourite place and people in the city.
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(Pretty cool adaptive reuse of the #heritage building)

New favourite place and people in the city. - (Pretty cool adaptive reuse of the #heritage building)

4 weeks 8 hours
#sydneymint gate #Sydney #Australia #straya

#sydneymint gate #Sydney #Australia #straya

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Connecting old and new building fabric at the historic #Sydneymint near Hyde Park. #architecture #building #Heritage #Conservation #Landscape #oldandnew #Sydney #modern #design

Connecting old and new building fabric at the historic #Sydneymint near Hyde Park. #architecture #building #Heritage #Conservation #Landscape #oldandnew #Sydney #modern #design

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Old meets new at the historic 1850s #Sydneymint near Hyde Park. #architecture #building #Heritage #Conservation #Landscape #oldandnew #history #Sydney

Old meets new at the historic 1850s #Sydneymint near Hyde Park. #architecture #building #Heritage #Conservation #Landscape #oldandnew #history #Sydney

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It's all in the detail.  #Sydneymint @sydlivmus #Contemporary #design #Heritage #Conservation #landscape #oldandnew #Sydney #loveit

It's all in the detail. #Sydneymint @sydlivmus #Contemporary #design #Heritage #Conservation #landscape #oldandnew #Sydney #loveit

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Old meets new at the historic 1850s #Sydneymint near Hyde Park. Check out www.coffeenowandthen.com new post out today: Connecting Around Hyde Park, Sydney. #architecture #building #Heritage #Conservation #oldpic #oldandnew #Sydney #landscape

Old meets new at the historic 1850s #Sydneymint near Hyde Park. Check out www.coffeenowandthen.com new post out today: Connecting Around Hyde Park, Sydney. #architecture #building #Heritage #Conservation #oldpic #oldandnew #Sydney #landscape

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A touch of autumn in rainy Sydney #ilovesydney #sydneymint

A touch of autumn in rainy Sydney #ilovesydney #sydneymint

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Still a touch of #autumn with #winter #sunlight @sydlivmus #TheMint courtyard #sydney #sandstone #sydneymint

Still a touch of #autumn with #winter #sunlight @sydlivmus #TheMint courtyard #sydney #sandstone #sydneymint

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