Fun Activities on offer these Summer holidays


There’s so much to explore at Sydney Living Museums these Summer school holidays! Sydney Living Museums is the perfect place for imaginations to run wild.

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Two children using interactive display and audio guide.

Hyde Park Barracks Kids’ Trail 

Come on an adventure through time at the Hyde Park Barracks and discover what life was like for the many people who stayed here. Kids can explore the museum during the school holidays with a new tailored audio guide and activity trail. 

Hear the fascinating story of the Barracks as told by some of the convicts and immigrants who lived there. Listen for clues and complete some activities as you move through the museum - spot the rats, draw your own convict tattoo and more!  

The Kids’ Trail will be available from 10 December. Suitable for kids aged 5-12 years.

Where: Hyde Park Barracks, Queens Square, Sydney
When: Open Thursday to Sunday, 10am – 5pm, closed Christmas Day and Australia Day
Cost: Included in general admission: Child $16, Adult $24, Family $64. Members and children under 5 are free. 


Two children in the immersive enchanted valley

Enchanted valley in the Paradise on Earth exhibition 

Playful and interactive, Enchanted valley is a multi-sensory landscape full of surprise and discovery that forms part of the new exhibition Paradise on Earth. Look out for curious animals exploring the bushland, listen for frogs croaking under stepping stones and watch as a storm rolls in over the harbour. If you look carefully, you may even spot fairies hiding under the bridge!

Enchanted valley captures the colour, textures and changing moods of the Australian bushland. Enjoy the sights, sounds, mystery and magic of the valley and wonder at nature’s hidden energies and ever-changing beauty. 

Plus kids can also get creative in the Forces of Nature activity hub and add to the collaborative bush artwork – perch a cockatoo, hang a bat from its toes or add a bunch of leaves and help our gum trees grow!

Where: Museum of Sydney, Cnr Phillip and Bridge Streets, Sydney
When: Until 18 April 2021, Thursday to Sunday, 10am – 5pm, closed Christmas Day and Australia Day
Cost: Included in general admission: Child $12, Adult $15, Family $38. Members and children under 5 are free.


Tony Albert, Healing land, remembering Country, 2020. Installation view for Elizabeth Farm (2020).


Healing land, remembering Country at Elizabeth Farm


Sydney Living Museums is delighted to present Healing land, remembering Country, a powerful work by Kuku Yalanji artist Tony Albert, at Elizabeth Farm.  View this art work as part of your visit to Elizabeth Farm and take part in a “memory exchange activity” where you can write messages on paper embedded with local plant seeds that are eventually degraded into the soil to regenerate.

Where: Elizabeth Farm, 70 Alice Street, Rosehill
When:  Until 14 March 2021, Wednesday to Saturday 10am–4pm, closed Christmas Day
Cost:  Included in general admission: Child $12, Adult $15, Family $38. Members and children under 5 are free


Jacaranda tree


Paula do Prado: Re-Connections and Offerings


To coincide with the Meroogal Women’s Art Prize 2020 exhibition, contemporary artist Paula do Prado has created an intergenerational making activity inspired by Meroogal, titled Re-Connections and Offerings inspired by the jacaranda or ‘yacaranda’ trees that continue to bloom in front of Meroogal today. Children and families are invited to slow down and participate in the act of making and connect with nature, using a mixture of thread, shredded cloth and natural materials found on site.

Where: Meroogal, Corner West and Worrigee streets, Nowra
When: Until 17 April, open Saturdays only, 10am–4pm, open Boxing Day
Cost: Included in general admission: Child $12, Adult $15, Family $38. Members and children under 5 are free


Drawing room at Vaucluse House.


How to manage mould in our homesMonday 21 March 2022

To help you manage mould at home, we’re sharing insights into how we manage mould in our house museums and some tips you can use to tackle mould at your house. 

Vaucluse House Tearooms kitchen


Estate Vaucluse House kitchen upgradeTuesday 21 September 2021

Exterior of white-painted two storey building with verandahs.


Conservation in action: Rum Hospital's verandah and columnsThursday 9 September 2021

Structural repairs and conservation of the timber verandah and columns of the former ‘Rum Hospital’

Looking over a pair of sandstone turrets towards treetops and garden.


Conservation in Action: Vaucluse House turrets completeFriday 19 March 2021

After an extraordinary few months we have completed the re-construction of the stone turrets at Vaucluse House.

Pieces of cut and shaped sandstone on ground.


Conservation in action: The turret stone has arrived! Wednesday 2 December 2020

We were very excited to receive the beautiful new replacement stone for the turrets at Vaucluse House this week.