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:

Join us as we get into the festive spirit with an exciting range of stories, collection items, recipes and crafts activities to share with you in the lead up to the holiday season.

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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.



David Jones Christmas catalogue

As Christmas approaches, many of us seek out the perfect gift for our loved ones and the stores are filled with shoppers keen to find that special item. Catalogues offer up enticing suggestions, eager to welcome us as shoppers to their stores.

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Kids activities

Get crafty this Christmas with some homemade ornaments for your tree.

Get creative


Christmas rum balls

Get in the festive spirit with this simple Christmas rum ball 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. 

Explore puzzles


Artisan Encounters

Thread Folk

This festive season, jump on the new-wave craft bandwagon and 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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Mugshots from the Roaring Twenties
City of Shadows
Sydney Police Photographs 1912-1948
Crooks like us
a glimpse into the lives of fugitive souls
Crooks like us + City of Shadows
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Latest news

Exterior view of the Justice & Police Museum, former Water Police Court, Albert Street at night.


Culture Up LateFriday 11 December 2020

This summer Sydney Living Museums will join other major arts and cultural institutions for Culture Up Late, a NSW Government initiative aimed at revitalizing Sydney’s cultural life.

Vaucluse House

School holidays

Summer 2021: opening hoursMonday 7 December 2020

Explore our museums and make the most of your summer holidays.

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.

Sydney Living Museums membership


Summer Membership Offer Friday 6 December 2019

This summer, we're excited to offer a 20% saving on membership, giving you unlimited entry to our historic houses, museums and exhibitions.

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