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.

Document on paper with red markings.


Archives in the housesFriday 28 August 2020

Black and white photograph.


Thousands of words Tuesday 25 August 2020

Panoramic view of interior of wooden building with a collection of farming and other items.

Rouse Hill Estate

Woolshed conservation: removing the collectionMonday 24 August 2020

Over recent months the first stage of a major conservation project in the woolshed at Rouse Hill Estate has been underway.

Ornately patterned wallpaper fragment.


Wallpaper find in TasmaniaThursday 20 August 2020