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

Open Today

9.30AM - 5PM
  • Cafe
  • Wheelchair Accessible


Free admission


10 Macquarie Street, Sydney, NSW, 2000


+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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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.

	Family washing and hanging clothes in the Oak Tree Court at Elizabeth Farm


Celebrate Australia DayMonday 4 January 2016

Handpainted image of wildflowers - red and purple.


Season's greetingsThursday 24 December 2015

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


Good Food Month 2015Tuesday 1 September 2015

Stories from The Mint

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.