Family-friendly tours of our house museums

These school holidays, unlock the secrets of our house museums with tailored tours for children and families  included with museum entry.

 

Free with museum entry

Saturday 1 July 2017 – Sunday 16 July 2017

See specific days & times for each house museum below


 

Two women & baby in the entrance hall

Family tours at Elizabeth Bay House

Take a family-fun tour of Elizabeth Bay House to discover the secret histories and interesting factoids of the Macleay Family who used to live in this gorgeous house over a century ago!

Or discover what was once one of the world’s largest collections of beautiful butterflies, magical moths and interesting insects. Don’t worry, they aren’t alive! 

Each tour last approximately 30-40 minutes.

When

Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays during the school holidays

10am, 12pm, 2pm Children’s tour – Science & Specimens
11am, 1pm, 3pm Macleay family tour

Where

Elizabeth Bay House

Included with museum entry 
Adult: $12; Concession: $8; Family: $30; Members: Free; Children under 5 years: Free

In the entrance hall, Elizabeth Bay House. Photo © Stuart Miller & Hayley Richardson for Sydney Living Museums

Girl leaning in window

Family tours at Meroogal

Explore the historic house Meroogal in Nowra during a family- friendly tour. Uncover the stories of the house and then gets hands-on and try out some 19th century 3D and sound technology; pump water from the well, and play outside games.

When

Thursday to Saturday in the school holidays
10am, 11am, 12pm, 1pm, 2pm, 3pm

Where

Meroogal 

Included with museum entry

Adult: $12; Concession: $8; Family: $30; Members: Free; Children under 5 years: Free

Meroogal. Photo © James Horan for Sydney Living Museums


 

Family washing and hanging clothes in the Oak Tree Court at Elizabeth Farm

Family tours at Elizabeth Farm

Take a family tour of Elizabeth Farm to unlock the stories of this historic farmstead. Go back in time and be a convict servant for the Macarthurs or do the washing just as they did in the 1800s. Afterwards explore the house and abundant garden at your own leisure.

When

11am, 1pm:     Children’s tour – Meet the servants*

12pm, 2pm:     House & garden tour for all ages

* contact the property on 9635 9488 prior to your visit as bookings can be full

Where

Elizabeth Farm

Included with museum entry

Adult: $12; Concession: $8; Family: $30; Members: Free; Children under 5 years: Free

 

Family washing and hanging clothes in the Oak Tree Court. Photo © James Horan for Sydney Living Museums


 

Man holding child feeding a horse

Family tours of Rouse Hill House & Farm

Head to the farm these holidays and find out about the fascinating history of Rouse Hill House & Farm! Take a farmyard tour to explore the stables and meet the chooks, ‘Pudding’ the cow and our horses Spirit and Larry. Ring the school house bell and explore the 19th century school room with its animal specimens, piano and blackboard. There’s plenty to see and do!

When

Daily in the school holidays

11am:  Family farmyard tour - Meet the animals!

12pm:  Rouse Hill House tour for all ages

1pm:    Children’s Ring the bell! School house tour

2pm:    Rouse Hill House tour for all ages

3pm:    Rouse Hill House highlight tour 

Where

Rouse Hill House & Farm

Included with museum entry

Adult: $12; Concession: $8; Family: $30; Members: Free; Children under 5 years: Free

Saying hello to the Rouse Hill House & Farm horses. Photo © James Horan for Sydney Living Museums

Girl and boy looking through the windows at Vaucluse House

Family tours of Vaucluse House

In our new Colonial Kids tour, climb the stairs of Vaucluse House and discover the lives of the Wentworth children. Find out where they slept and how they lived, play a parlour game in the family room, then creep back down stairs for a peek in to the drawing room!

Or take a family tour of the grand house and beautiful grounds and get to know the interesting lives of the Wentworths, who used to live here many, many years ago! Step into all of the rooms, see inside the kitchen, go down into the cellar and then explore the tasty kitchen garden – yum!

Each tour last approximately 40 minutes.

When

Daily in the school holidays

10am, 12pm, 2pm: Colonial Kids Tour

11am, 1pm, 3pm: Wentworth Family Tour

Where

Vaucluse House

Included with museum entry

Adult: $12; Concession: $8; Family: $30; Members: Free; Children under 5 years: Free

Girl and boy looking through the windows at Vaucluse House. Photo © James Horan for Sydney Living Museums


 

Exterior of Rose Seidler House

Family tours of Rose Seidler House

Go back to the fifties and imagine what it would be like to live in Rose Seidler House – the most talked-about house in Sydney. Join a family-focused tour of the house to learn what all the fuss was about. Afterwards, kids are invited to use the free drawing materials to create a modernist-inspired artwork to take home. Ages 5+

When

Sundays in the school holidays
10am, 11am, 12noon, 1pm, 2pm, 3pm

Where

Rose Seidler House

Included with museum entry

Adult: $12; Concession: $8; Family: $30; Members: Free; Children under 5 years: Free

Exterior of Rose Seidler House. Photo © Nicholas Watt for Sydney Living Museums


 

Boy holding up two cards with fingerprints.

Cop or Robber?

Experience both sides of the law in our police station

The historic Water Police Station comes to life with true tales of courageous cops and rotten robbers. Use your detective skills to track down the thief known as ‘The Duchess’ and unleash your criminal cunning to plot an escape from our holding cell. 

When

Saturdays & Sundays, 10.30am (30 mins)

Where

Justice & Police Museum

Included with museum entry

Adult: $12; Concession: $8; Family: $30; Members: Free; Children under 5 years: Free

Fingerprinting at Justice & Police Museum. Photo Holly Schulte © Sydney Living Museums

Laughing child in costume behind bars.

Bushrangers Behind Bars

Guilty or not guilty – you decide!

Step into the shoes of a notorious bushranger and take to the stand to plead your innocence. Or perhaps you’d prefer the barrister’s wig to test your powers of persuasion? Whatever your choice, take on a character and play your part in an exciting mock trial; and see first-hand how a 19th century magistrates court put Sydney’s infamous criminals behind bars.

When

Saturdays & Sundays, 11.30am (30 mins)

Where

Justice & Police Museum

Included with museum entry

Adult: $12; Concession: $8; Family: $30; Members: Free; Children under 5 years: Free

Bushrangers Behnd Bars at the Justice & Police Museum Photo © James Horan for Sydney Living Museums