Discover SLM

Sydney Living Museums has plenty to offer online, with a wealth of stories and visual content for you to peruse along with useful resources for learning at home.

Find a weekly summary of what’s new across our channels, look up activities to do at home with the family, including in the kitchen and the garden, explore our properties and our collections, and settle in for some good long reads.

This week’s focus:

From painters to musicians, join us as we celebrate artists and makers! Find out more about lost trades, stories from our historic houses and past exhibitions and how our properties continue to spark creativity today. 

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This week:



Bessie Rouse's scrap album

A nineteenth-century scrap album, carefully stored in a bookcase at Rouse Hill House, holds hidden treasure – if you know what you’re looking at.

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Homemade Wallpaper: Morrison's of Sydney

Morrison's built a successful wallpaper manfacturing business in early 20th century Sydney.

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Create your own love token

Follow our instructions to make your own convict love token. Watch this on demand lesson to learn more about convict love tokens from our education team. 

Get making!


Tot Thorburn’s wedding cake

Known as ‘Tottie’, Kennina Thorburn, who lived at Meroogal from 1893 to 1945, was renowned for the wedding cakes she made for close friends and family members

View the recipe


Online puzzles

Get puzzling

Take a moment to relax and recharge with one of our online puzzles featuring our beautiful collections and museums. 

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Queen of the Night

The Queen of the Night is an epiphytic spineless cactus that originates from the rainforests of Central America. 

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A talented convict artist

Two portrait miniatures in our collection illustrate the opportunities available to a skilled convict artist for commissions from the upwardly mobile emancipist and settler population of colonial NSW.

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Artist in Resident

Dr Lisa Cooper

Find out more about our first artist in residence, Dr Lisa Cooper, a Sydney-based artist and florist.

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Exhibitions & Programs

A Thousand Words exhibition

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Meroogal Women’s Art Prize 2020

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Artisan Encounters Program

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Online shop

The Flowers
Eat Your History
Earth Greetings 2021 Artist Calendar
Diverse Women: 1000 Piece Jigsaw Puzzle


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Latest news

Artworks on sideboard

Media release

Meroogal Women’s Art Prize 2020 Winners’ AnnouncementWednesday 23 September 2020

The Meroogal Women’s Art Prize celebrates the creativity of female artists in NSW. The 2020 Winners were announced at a modest event at the Meroogal house museum.

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20/CUR003 Assistant Curator (Projects)Monday 21 September 2020

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.