Following the success of our free weekends initiative, we are opening the doors to our museums for free. From 1 July 2022, visitors will be able to enjoy free general admission to 10 of our historic houses and museums, and half price entry to the Hyde Park Barracks and Susannah Place.
Visitors are encouraged to pre-book tickets online to avoid disappointment. Timed sessions apply at the Museum of Sydney and the Hyde Park Barracks. Click on the links below to visit individual museum webpages.
Caroline Simpson Library & Research Collection
Open Wednesday-Friday, free entry
A haven for designers, heritage professionals and students, our treasures include pattern books, trade catalogues, wallpapers and floor coverings. Entry by appointment.
Elizabeth Bay House
Open every Sunday, free entry
Elizabeth Bay House is one of the most splendid private houses built in Australia, with breathtaking harbour views, a sweeping staircase, domed roof and elegant furnishings.
Open Friday & Saturday, free entry
Built by wool pioneer John Macarthur, Elizabeth Farm is Australia’s oldest surviving homestead.
Hyde Park Barracks
Open Thursday-Sunday, half price entry
This World Heritage-listed site explores Australia’s convict past, and its impact on Aboriginal nations, and the care of immigrant and destitute women through groundbreaking technology, immersive activations and over 4000 artefacts. Admission is half price and free for members. Bookings are recommended.
Justice & Police Museum
Open Saturday & Sunday, free entry
At the Justice & Police Museum delve into Sydney's criminal past with our fascinating exhibitions and displays. These historic police buildings once hosted infamous criminals like bushranger Captain Moonlite and sly-grog queen Kate Leigh.
Open every Saturday, free entry
Explore the lives of the women who resided in charming Meroogal. Their many personal possessions tell a multitude of stories of life in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.
Museum of Sydney
Open daily, free entry
At the Museum of Sydney visitors can enjoy our latest exhibitions, along with our regular displays. Until 17 July, experience the multi-sensory digital installation Walking through a Songline and take an unexpected journey through history in the exhibition History Reflected. Opening on 30 June is Sydney Snapshots, a new exhibition showcasing snapshots of a city.
Rose Seidler House
Open every Sunday, free entry
Immerse yourself in this modernist house designed by renowned architect Harry Seidler AC OBE. Nestled in bushland, Rose Seidler House features open planning and bold colours, and one of Australia’s most important postwar design collections.
Rouse Hill Estate
Open once a month, see website for details
Open Thursday & Friday from 7 July, half price entry
The Susannah Place terraces have been home to more than 100 families. Discover the stories of the people who once lived and worked in this working-class neighbourhood. Admission is half price and free for members. Entry by booked guided tour only.
Open Monday-Friday, free entry
This elegant colonnaded building – central Sydney’s oldest surviving public building – once formed part of Governor Macquarie’s Rum Hospital. Later, The Mint became the first overseas branch of London’s Royal Mint.
Open Thursday-Sunday, free entry
Once home to colonial explorer and politician William Charles Wentworth and his family, Vaucluse House is a picturesque harbourside estate with stately formal rooms, servants’ quarters and historic gardens.
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