Hyde Park Barracks.  (c) Brett Boardman for Sydney Living Museums.

Sydney Living Museums to reopen from 1 June


Sydney Living Museums is delighted to announce we are reopening our museums and historic houses, with the safety and wellbeing of visitors and staff our main priority.

1 JuneThe Mint, 10 Macquarie Street, Sydney, will reopen Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm.

2 JuneCaroline Simpson Library & Research Collection at The Mint, 10 Macquarie Street, Sydney, will reopen Tuesday to Friday, 10am to 4pm.

4 June – the renewed Hyde Park Barracks experience at Queens Square, Macquarie Street, Sydney, will reopen Thursday to Sunday, 10am to 5pm

‘We are thrilled to welcome back visitors and staff to three of our properties, with more of our museums and historic houses to reopen in the coming weeks’, says Adam Lindsay, Executive Director, Sydney Living Museums.

‘The safety of our visitors and staff is of paramount importance. We have put measures in place to prioritise the health and wellbeing of everyone.’

Core principles adopted at Sydney Living Museums sites are:

  • Creating safe environments – including observing protocols around limiting the number of visitors and staff within our spaces, installing signage to ensure social distancing and providing contactless ticketing.
  • Vigilance in adhering to the most up-to-date state and federal government instructions and guidelines – our commitment is to stay up to date with all information to ensure safety.
  • Facilities to be closely maintained and monitored – including ongoing revision of hygiene protocols, increased cleaning and disinfecting, and providing additional hand sanitiser and handwashing facilities.
  • Information will always be made available to our staff and visitors – to help people stay safe.

‘The past two months of imposed isolation have shone a spotlight on how important our shared history, culture and storytelling is in enhancing our lives’, says Adam Lindsay.

‘Audiences can continue to expect excellent experiences at all of our properties. We look forward to welcoming everyone back to enjoy the wonderful activities and exhibitions we have to offer in a way that keeps us all safe and strong.’

Details of the reopening of more properties will be announced on the Sydney Living Museums website soon. The public is encouraged check the website for revised conditions of entry

Further official information and advice on COVID-19 for community and businesses in NSW is available at www.nsw.gov.au/covid-19


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COVID-19 Conditions of Entry

As we reopen our museums and historic houses, the safety of our visitors is of paramount importance. We have put measures in place to prioritise the health and wellbeing of everyone.

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