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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Set of blue and white patterned objects on dark timber dresser.


‘Go women!’ Meroogal Women’s Art Prize 2020Wednesday 9 December 2020

Celebrating women’s lives, creativity and stories in the ‘women’s house’ of Meroogal, this year’s prize received a rich and diverse range of entries. 

Pieces of cut and shaped sandstone on ground.

Vaucluse House

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. 

Two students in a hammock.


Support the Hyde Park Barracks learning precinctThursday 26 November 2020

With your help, Sydney Living Museums has an incredible opportunity to develop a dynamic learning precinct at the Hyde Park Barracks. 

Jungle House outlook Photo © Michael Lassman

Sydney Open

Share your thoughts on Sydney Open 2020Friday 13 November 2020

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