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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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Introducing our 2021 theme: Reflections on identity

This year, Reflections on identity is the theme underpinning our integrated program of exciting installations, exhibitions and public programs across our properties along with exploring the immense collections held within both SLM and the State Archives.

Hear from Adam Lindsay, Executive Director of SLM and the NSW State Archives announcing our theme in the below video:



Narcissus Garden by Yayoi Kusama

For the first-time this iconic artwork will be touring our historic sites inviting visitors to reflect how we are, or are not, mirrored in these spaces and their history. This is the first exhibition to launch our 2021 theme Reflections on identity

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(Re)making a home

An evocative and deeply personal collection of household items belonging to the last tenants of Susannah Place was recently acquired by Sydney Living Museums.



Who goes here?  Fiona Hall

One of Australia’s most prominent and influential artists, Fiona Hall will create an outdoor art installation, Who goes here? launching at Hyde Park Barracks on 3 April.


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Interior design training in the 1940s

Helen Burgess studied design at Sydney Technical College almost 80 years ago. Her work was acquired by SLM and illustrates the school’s role in educating designers in NSW.

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Kids activities

Get crafty this Easter with a moving chicken puppet activity sheet.

Get creative


Hot cross buns

Fill your kitchen with the sweet smells of Easter, the Mrs Beeton way, with a recipe from our Cook and Curator blog.

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. 

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Artisan Encounters

Thread Folk

Learn how to embroider with a project inspired by Sydney Living Museums’ collection with Libby Moore from Thread Folk in our latest Artisan Encounters online program.



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The definitive guide to houseplants
Backyard Chickens
Sydney Police Photographs 1912-1948
Backyard Bees
A guide for the beginner beekeeper
Cooking with the Oldest Foods on Earth
Australian native foods recipes and sources


Latest news

A forest of signposts for Who goes here?

Hyde Park Barracks

7 News Sydney: New art installation Who goes here?Friday 9 April 2021

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Collections Officer, DocumentationThursday 8 April 2021

Fiona Hall 'Who goes here?' Hyde Park Barracks

Hyde Park Barracks

A forest of signposts spell out Sydney’s convict historyWednesday 10 March 2021

A forest of wooden signposts is to be installed in the courtyard of the Hyde Park Barracks in a bold visual representation of the journeys that brought convicts and migrants to the NSW colony.


School holidays

Autumn School Holidays: opening hoursTuesday 9 March 2021

Boy and girl laying on grass wearing bunny ears

Children & Family

Celebrate Easter with usTuesday 23 February 2021

Jump, hop and spring into the Easter weekend with our Egg-cellent Easter Trail at Elizabeth Farm and Vaucluse House.Enjoy a range of fun activities inspired by traditional Easter games, meet some feathered...