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.

See whats 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.

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Our history, heritage and stories matter

Sydney Living Museums is a world leader in the ways we embrace and interpret history, heritage, and the stories of our unique and historically important museums, houses and gardens. 

Hear from Adam Lindsay, Executive Director of SLM and the NSW State Archives speak about the vital work that we do and how your support helps us achieve our ambitious plans in the below video:



History Reflected - coming soon

History Reflected takes visitors on an unexpected journey through pivotal moments in our history. 

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Making the bed at Rouse Hill Estate

While Rouse Hill Estate is temporarily closed to visitors, we are busy behind the scenes inspecting, cleaning and caring for the collection. The four post bed dates to the 1820s , making it one of the oldest pieces of furniture in the house.


New Residency

Cornersmith Cooking School

We’re excited to announce our new residency program with one of Sydney ’s most beloved cooking schools.

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Rustic and modern decoration of our home

Be inspired by the colourful and vibrant interior designs of Compositions d'interieurs rustiques et modernes, by J. Gauget, published in France, 1929. The Caroline Simpson Library & Research Collection is a treasure trove for interior design.

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Timber work box

This timber work box or caddy, made by Kenneth McKenzie, c1900 has been intricately inlaid with Australian timbers. The inlay on the front panel of the box features a semi-circular fan design, flanked on the top and sides by bands containing alternating coloured lozenges. 



Pickled fennel

The colonial kitchen at Vaucluse House is stocked with pickles and preserves using nineteenth century preservation techniques and authentic heirloom produce from the kitchen garden.

Get cooking 

Online puzzles

Get puzzling

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

Explore puzzles



Recycled seeded paper

Make your own recycled seeded paper, inspired by Healing land, remembering Country by Kuku Yalanji artist Tony Albert which currently calls Elizabeth Farm home. 

Get creative

Online shop

My Culture and Me
The Magnanimous Magpie Brooch
Erstwilder x Pete Cromer
Use it All: Cornersmith
Murdoch Books
Southern Sky Candle
Southern Wild Co


Latest news

Closed until further notice.


COVID-19 updateFriday 25 June 2021

In line with decisions made by the NSW Government, Sydney Living Museums will close to the public from Saturday 26 June to Friday 2 July (inclusive) to help protect the health of all visitors and staff and minimise the spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus) in the state.

Students in historic house setting.


Learning subsidyTuesday 1 June 2021

From 1 July 2021, we are pleased to offer support to selected students to attend our learning programs.

Woman in stall decorated with colourful bunting.


Cornersmith Cooking School takes up residency at The MintFriday 7 May 2021

Cornersmith Cooking School is bringing its pop-up cooking classes to The Mint.

Elizabeth Bay House


Annual Appeal 2021Friday 23 April 2021

To help us continue our important work, we invite you to support Sydney Living Museums through the Annual Appeal 2021.

Elizabeth Bay House Verandah


Exclusive Member EventsWednesday 21 April 2021

We’re delighted to offer members a selection of special events at Elizabeth Bay House.Members will have exclusive access to view