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 online, and settle in for some good long reads.

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Upcoming online talks

Discover SLM: talk series

Every Tuesday, 12pm–12.30pm, free via zoom

Join Sydney Living Museums curatorial team as they discuss their current research in this relaxed online talk series. Each week a different curator will tackle subjects ranging from architecture to cookery.



History Reflected: curator talks

Every Thursday, 4pm–4.30pm, free via zoom

Every week, join us for a fascinating online curator talk taking you behind closed doors of the History Reflected exhibition. You can also participate in a live Q&A.



From the collection

Family connections

Treasured objects from the collections help chart the unique relationship that existed between Rouse Hill House (c1813) and Meroogal (1885). 


Sampler, 1788

The sampler embroidered with a verse of the Lord's prayer was made by Ann Marsh in 1788. It was presented as a gift to the woman who taught Marsh to read and write.




Bebarfalds was a retailer of home furnishings and manufacturer of furniture, and become best remembered for its sewing machines, introduced around 1917.

Read on


A cheese ‘fondu’

This recipe was published by Tasmanian politician Edward Abbott in 1864. It is a rich souffle rather than a fondue, but easy to make and best served straight from the oven!

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



Make your own wings

Create your own wings inspired by native birds that you might have seen in the garden or park including the rainbow lorrikeet and cheeky cockatoos.

Get creative



History Reflected: Behind closed doors 

In the lead up to opening our History Reflected exhibition, we’re thrilled to invite you behind closed doors with a great line-up of online exclusives. 

Find out more

Walking through a songline

Follow in the steps of the Seven Sisters and experience the immersive nature of a songline in this multi-sensory digital installation.

Find out more

Online shop

Ocean Isle Edition II X Allira Henderson 300g Candle
Southern Wild Co
Eat Your History
Sydney Living Museums
A Cargo of Women Susannah Watson and The Convicts of The Princess Royal
Allen & Unwin
King of the Coast Brooch
Erstwilder x Jocelyn Proust


Latest news

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21/HC020 Collections Officer, DocumentationMonday 19 July 2021

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 9 July (inclusive) to help protect the health of all visitors and staff and minimise the spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus) in the state.

Tudor House


Our Beautiful HomesWednesday 7 July 2021

Published around 1905, Our Beautiful Homes offers us a chance to look at some of early 20th century Sydney’s finest houses and interiors. These rare publications have been digitised and made available through Internet Archive.

Sylvia Evans reading

Sydney Lockdown

Got a question for the Library?Thursday 1 July 2021

Our doors may be closed for the time being, but we are still available via our catalogue and services on this webpage and via email: