Below you’ll find a changing selection of highlights from our collection and past exhibitions, plus fascinating stories and hands-on activities for your next crafternoon session.
We hope you will check in regularly to gain inspiration and discover something new.
Femme Fatale: the Female Criminal
This touring exhibition examined the stereotypes of female criminals portrayed in popular culture, myth, literature and history. The brutal reality of notorious female criminals such as ‘the man woman murderer’ Eugenia Falleni, sly grogger Kate Leigh and poisoner Yvonne Fletcher is in stark contrast to the glamour of the noir seductress and pulp novel siren. This exhibition traversed criminological theory, popular culture and the true stories of some of our most notorious female criminals. Read on.
The Wild Ones: Sydney Stadium 1908-1970
This exhibition celebrated one of Sydney’s most iconic venues, the Sydney Stadium, which was fondly known as ‘The Old Tin Shed’. From its early days as a rough-and-ready open-air boxing arena to the heights of hysteria when the Beatles rolled into town, the stadium charted the evolution of entertainment in Sydney. Now demolished, it played host to numerous boxing and wrestling legends, as well as international music stars the likes of which Sydney had never before seen. Read on.
Flying Boats: Sydney's Golden Age of Aviation
1938 saw the dawn of a golden age of aviation when Rose Bay became home to Sydney’s first international airport, servicing the mighty flying boats – large, luxurious, four-engine aircraft that alighted on water. Flying boats played a vital role in World War II, and after the war they opened up the South Pacific and Lord Howe Island as popular holiday playgrounds for Australians. As a result Sydney operated the last major flying boat base in the world until 1974. Read on.