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:

This week for #DiscoverSLM join us in celebrating all things architecture. Stay tuned for interesting stories and images from our properties and join us as we launch our first-ever digital Sydney Open program 6-8 November.

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This week:



A short history of The Mint

When Lachlan Macquarie began his term as governor of NSW in 1810, Sydney was in desperate need of a new hospital.

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Papier mâché cornice

In the mid-19th century, papier mâché was used as an alternative to plaster for architectural mouldings like cornices and ceiling roses.

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Mini Museum Models

Make your own mini museum! Choose from six Sydney Living Museums properties. Simply download the plans, colour, cut, fold and glue.

Get making  


Lemon biscuits

Family members recall Auntie Tottie Thorburn cooking these biscuits, cut into fingers, on large baking trays in the fuel stove at Meroogal.

See recipe

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



Prickly Pear

One of the most interesting plants growing at Vaucluse House today is the Prickly Pear. This curious succulent had a variety of uses for the early colonists in Sydney.

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Vaucluse House turrets

Standing approximately 30 metres above ground level, the beautiful corner turrets atop Vaucluse House have recently undergone stabilisation and conservation work. 

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Artist in Resident

Dr Lisa Cooper

Find out more about our first artist in residence, Dr Lisa Cooper, a Sydney-based artist and florist.

Read on

Online shop

The Planthunter: Truth, Beauty, Chaos and Plants
Australia Modern: Architecture, Landscape & Design 1925-1975
MPavilion: Encounters with Design and Architecture
Australian Designers at Home


More stories

Latest news

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Excursions return in Term 4Monday 26 October 2020

Sydney Living Museums is pleased to announce the return of onsite learning programs at a selection of our houses and museums in Term 4, 2020. Available programs include:

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Hyde Park Barracks

Hyde Park Barracks website wins MAPDA 2020 awardWednesday 23 September 2020

Sydney Living Museums has just won a MAPDA award for its Hyde Park Barracks website, designed in partnership with Pollen.

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How to engage with the A Thousand Words websiteFriday 4 September 2020

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Hyde Park Barracks

Commemorating the Great Irish Famine at Hyde Park BarracksMonday 31 August 2020

On Sunday 30 August 2020 the Annual Famine Commemoration was held at The Australian Monument to the Great Irish Famine at Hyde Park Barracks.