The support of the Sydney Living Museums Foundation and generous donors is removing barriers to education for disadvantaged students.

During 2018–19, the SLM Foundation proudly supported a travel subsidy to enable students from disadvantaged NSW Government schools to attend exciting and innovative curriculum-based programs at SLM houses and museums. Education is a key focus for SLM, and the Foundation provided $50,000 in funding towards the travel subsidy incentive. The subsidy is available for students from both primary and secondary schools and provides important assistance.

Experience & Learning staff at SLM have worked with teachers to identify the barriers to accessing heritage and cultural experiences for their students. Travel is one of the main barriers for regional and rural schools, representing a substantial cost for the schools and reducing their participation. At our houses and museums, students attend a number of curriculum‑based programs for stages 1–4. These range from investigating the role of artists in the early colonial period to learning about archaeology, the impact of the colonial expansion of NSW on the environment and First Peoples, and life in a stately house in the 19th century. The SLM Foundation recognises the importance of connecting our students to the past, and this significant funding ensures that we can continue to bring students to participate in educational experiences at our unique sites.

Annual Appeal 2019

Thank you to everyone who donated to the Annual Appeal 2019. We were delighted to see so many members supporting our appeal this year. We raised over $115,000 for heritage conservation, education, and the Sound Heritage project to digitise, document and interpret our historical sheet music collection. It’s your generosity that helps us to provide outstanding public programs and exhibitions and conserve our houses and museums. As custodians of our beautiful places for future generations, we warmly welcome your support today.

This year we’ll be continuing to raise funds to support heritage conservation and the Hyde Park Barracks Museum renewal project. If you would like to discuss a gift to SLM, email and we’ll contact you for a confidential discussion.

Heritage matters and so does your support. Thank you.


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Summer Membership Offer Friday 6 December 2019

This summer, we're excited to offer a 20% saving on our Member + One membership, giving you year-long access to discover Sydney’s story across our 12 historic houses and museums.

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School holidays

Summer School Holidays 2019/20: opening hoursFriday 6 December 2019

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.

Hyde Park Barracks models

Hyde Park Barracks

SMH: A Sydney history lesson tiny in statureTuesday 10 December 2019

Sydney Living Museums Membership promotion


Save 20% off Member + One membershipWednesday 4 December 2019

From history to heritage to design and architecture, there is plenty to see and do this summer across our 12 historic houses and properties!We're excited to offer a 20% saving on all Member + One memberships purchased throughout summer,...

Photo showing the hole left in the pediment of the Hyde Park Barracks after the clock face was removed. A man in a hard hat can be seen staring our.