Family-friendly tours of our museums

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, Sydney Living Museums has suspended all onsite learning programs until further notice. However, we are re-introducing some onsite public programs at our houses and museums. Visit our Events & Exhibitions page for more details. You can also still discover our places, stories and collections online and across our social channels. Stay connected to be inspired and entertained. 

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

To make the most of the holidays we’ve also extended our trading hours, with many of our museums now opening for the entire school holiday period. Plus, enjoy two fantastic family exhibitions On the Move at the Museum of Sydney and Rouse Hill House & Farm in LEGO® Bricks at Rouse Hill House & Farm.


 

Two women & baby in the entrance hall

Family tours at Elizabeth Bay House

Explore Elizabeth Bay House and learn how the servants spent their days in A Servant’s Life tour. Discover the hidden servants’ quarters and read the Rules for Servants before seeing how difficult it is to obey them all! Or take the Macleay Family Tour to find out what life was like over a century ago. 

Each tour lasts approximately 30-40 minutes.

When

Friday to Sunday in the school holidays

10am, 12pm, 2pm: Children's Tour – A Servant’s Life
11am, 1pm, 3pm: Macleay Family Tour

Where

Elizabeth Bay House

Included with museum entry 

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 get 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

Meroogal. Photo © James Horan for Sydney Living Museums


 

Girl and boy washing clothes in tub

Family tours at Elizabeth Farm

Take a family tour of Elizabeth Farm to unlock the stories of this historic farmstead through archaeology and sketching. Step back in time to experience the life of 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

Daily in the school holidays

11am: Family Archaeology activity

12pm: House & garden tour for all ages

1pm: Pick Up a Pencil – Family Sketching activity

2pm: House & garden tour for all ages

3pm: Highlights tour

Where

Elizabeth Farm

Included with museum entry

 

Washing clothes at Elizabeth Farm. Photo © James Horan for Sydney Living Museums


 

Children standing on a fence feeding a horse

Family tours at Rouse Hill Estate

Head to the farm these holidays and find out about the fascinating history of Rouse Hill Estate! Take a farmyard tour to explore the stables and meet our chooks, our cows, and our horses Larry and Ziggy. 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 highlights tour 

Where

Rouse Hill Estate

Included with museum entry

Saying hello to Larry the horse at Rouse Hill House & Farm Photo (c) James Horan for Sydney Living Museums

Two girls in bedroom at Vaucluse House

Family tours at Vaucluse House

Fun focus tours are held every day in the school holidays and are included in entry price. Join a Meet the Servants children’s tour to hear about some of the many servants who worked at Vaucluse House and estate, and learn some of their daily duties.  Find out what they ate, where they slept and worked, and then try some of their work in the house! Or take the Wentworth Family Tour for a full Vaucluse House tour.

Each tour lasts approximately 40 minutes.

When

Daily in the school holidays

10am, 12pm, 2pm: Servants Tour

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

Where

Vaucluse House

Included with museum entry

Exploring 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

Exterior of Rose Seidler House. Photo © Nicholas Watt for 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

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