We're reopening more museums and historic houses


At Sydney Living Museums, we are delighted to be reopening our doors and welcoming you back into more of our museums and historic houses. The Museum of SydneyVaucluse House and Elizabeth Farm will open to members from Wednesday 1 July and to the general public from 2 July. In addition, Meroogal will reopen on Saturday 4 July and Rose Seidler House on Sunday 5 July. 

We have also announced a fresh vision for an exciting calendar of events and exhibitions realised with our partner institution, NSW State Archives, offering visitors new experiences drawing from the overarching themes of community, connection and impact. Read our vision statement here.

Visitors to the Museum of Sydney will be able to see the exhibition A Thousand Words, featuring some of the most compelling images from the Sydney Living Museums and NSW State Archives collections. The physical exhibition follows the successful digital exhibition of the same name. A highlight of this exhibition is the new creative commissions that celebrate diverse voices and perspectives – featuring new works by Blak Douglas, Dr Naomi Malone, Sunil Badami, Mark Tedeschi AM QC and more.

We're also thrilled to reopen our fabulous children's exhibition On the Move. Special measures have been put in place to ensure a safe environment for our youngest visitors, including pre-booked one-hour timed sessions, rigorous cleaning between sessions and hand sanitiser provided upon entry and throughout the exhibition. Children will also be given their own activity pack to use in the exhibition. 

Visitors will be welcomed back to several of our house museums across Sydney, including the picturesque harbourside estate Vaucluse House, iconic mid-20th-century masterpiece Rose Seidler House, and Elizabeeth Farm, the homestead of wool pioneers John and Elizabeth Macarthur. On the NSW south coast, the charming 1885 cottage Meroogal will also reopen. These latest property openings join the Caroline Simpson Library & Research Collection, The Mint and the Hyde Park Barracks which reopened early June.

Visitor and staff safety is of paramount importance. We have put measures in place to prioritise the health and wellbeing of everyone. Core principles adopted at our 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.

Visitors are encouraged to check the website for revised conditions of entry and to pre-book their tickets online. Further official information and advice on COVID-19 for community and businesses in NSW is available at https://www.nsw.gov.au/covid-19 

Property opening hours

Museum of Sydney: open to members from Wednesday 1 July and the general public from Thursday 2 July. Opening days will be Thursday – Sunday, 10am – 5pm.

Vaucluse House: open to members from Wednesday 1 July and the general public from Thursday 2 July. Opening days will be Wednesday – Saturday, 10am – 4pm.

Elizabeth Farm: open to members from Wednesday 1 July and the general public from Thursday 2 July. Opening days will be Wednesday – Saturday, 10am – 4pm.

Meroogal: open every Saturday from 4 July, 10am – 4pm.

Rose Seidler House: open every Sunday from 5 July, 10am – 4pm.

Hyde Park Barracks: open Thursday – Sunday, 10am – 5pm.

The Mint: open Monday – Friday, 9am – 5pm.

Caroline Simpson Library & Research Collection: open Tuesday – Friday, 10am – 4pm.

Details on the reopening of our remaining properties will be announced on our website soon.

Exterior view of the Justice & Police Museum, former Water Police Court, Albert Street at night.


Culture Up LateFriday 11 December 2020

This summer Sydney Living Museums will join other major arts and cultural institutions for Culture Up Late, a NSW Government initiative aimed at revitalizing Sydney’s cultural life.

Vaucluse House

School holidays

Summer 2021: opening hoursMonday 7 December 2020

Explore our museums and make the most of your summer holidays.

Group of people in front of historic house.

Rouse Hill Estate

Play along with us: House Music at Your HouseMonday 17 August 2020

We invite you to join us in a new musical experiment, bringing the music of the 19th century into the 21st century. We’ve delved into the hundreds of popular songs that survive in the collection at Rouse Hill Estate and we’ve also asked some brilliant musicians to help you explore these pieces of music from their homes and in our historic houses.

Sydney Living Museums membership


Summer Membership Offer Friday 6 December 2019

This summer, we're excited to offer a 20% saving on membership, giving you unlimited entry to our historic houses, museums and exhibitions.