Projects funded at Museum of Sydney and Hyde Park Barracks


The Hyde Park Barracks Museum and the site of the first Government House at the Museum of Sydney were successful in securing grants in this year’s Protecting National Historic Sites program.

The Commonwealth Government has approved a total of over $4.4 million in funding for 25 projects to help protect, manage and conserve historic sites on the National Heritage List.

The $250,000 in funding awarded to the barracks will enable the design and development of interpretive tools to deliver a greatly enhanced multi-sensory experience for visitors with disabilities as well as special education resources to improve intellectual access for children with hearing and vision impairment.

The first Government House grant of $240,000 will support the creation of new dedicated learning and experiential facilities for schools and families and a new primary school education program that promotes greater engagement with and understanding of the site and its significance.

Large gathering in garden around wooden house, surrounded by white picket fence.


Meroogal Women’s Art Prize 2018 – finalists announcedWednesday 22 August 2018

We are delighted to announce the finalists for the 17th Meroogal Women’s Art Prize.

Boy flying kite in field.

School holidays

Spring School Holidays 2018: opening hoursMonday 17 September 2018

To make the most of these holidays we’ve extended our trading hours, with many of our properties now opening for the entire school holiday period.

Wallpaper Neeves cottage


Wallpaper recreated for 'The Harp of the South'Friday 14 September 2018

For anyone attending the new Sydney Theatre Company (STC) play, The Harp in the South, adapted from Ruth Park’s well-known novels, you might spy wallpapers running up the back wall of the set.

Set of four photos from different angles of metal box with lens and chimney.

Library Display

New Library DisplaysFriday 14 September 2018

Two new displays in the Caroline Simpson Library & Research Collection showcase the Rouse Hill magic lantern, and the work of textile designer Ronaele Jones


Mourning foodWednesday 12 September 2018