Family-friendly tours of our museums

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

There is also a great variety of school holiday programs and workshops taking place across our museums - book now

Free with museum entry

Saturday 16 December 2017 – Sunday 28 January 2018

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 lasts approximately 30-40 minutes.

When

Friday to Sunday 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 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 from 4 to 27 January 2018
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 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

Daily from 3 to 28 January 2018

11am, 1pm:     Meet the servants children's tour*

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


 

Children standing on a fence feeding a horse

Family tours at 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 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 from 3 to 28 January 2018

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 House & Farm

Included with museum entry

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

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

Girl and boy looking through the windows at Vaucluse House

Family tours at Vaucluse House

Meet our goat and chooks, then find out how food was made, stored, served and eaten in the past in a Farmyard to Table children’s tour. 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! Peek into all of the rooms, see inside the kitchen, go down into the cellar and explore the tasty kitchen garden – yum!

Each tour lasts approximately 40 minutes.

When

Daily in the school holidays

10am, 12pm, 2pm: Children’s Tour – Farmyard to Table

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