Hi Members!
Welcome to an area designed with you in mind. 

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.


  • Member magazine

    Unlocked is filled with great articles and posted straight to your door. Check out a selection of past issues now available online.

  • Kids activities

    Get creative with our activities and crafts inspired by our museums and stories. Find printouts, art projects and more.

  • Discover SLM

    Find out what's new across our museums, including in the kitchen and the garden. Settle in for some good long reads.


Collection highlights

From the flamboyant to the functional, our diverse collections help tell the story of the people of NSW and beyond.
  • Textile length, 'Anchor' (detail) design by Frances Burke, circa 1939

    Frances Burke textiles

    Frances Burke (1904–1994) was a textile designer, manufacturer, retailer and businesswoman. The Caroline Simpson Library & Research Collection holds many of Burke’s fabrics including this ‘Seapiece’ and 'Anchor' design. These designs were produced for the new Hayman Island resort off the Queensland coast, developed by aviation pioneer, Reginald Ansett, in the late 1940s. With the help of architect Guildford Bell, Ansett turned Hayman Island 'into Australia's most fashionable beach resort’ and Burke’s designs provided a spark of freshness and colour. Read more.

  • Anthony Hordern's Palace Emporium, Haymarket

    Anthony Hordern & Sons

    Arguably Australia's largest retailer from the late 19th through to the mid-20th century. A major fire gutted many of the buildings in 1901. When the new five-storey Albert Bond-designed building was opened in 1905 it stretched across more than half a city block and three street frontages: George, Pitt and Goulburn Streets. Many of the materials used in the building including iron castings, polished marble, timber joinery and embossed steel ceilings were produced and/or finished at Hordern's own factories. The building was demolished in 1987 and is now part of the World Square complex. Read more.


Online puzzles

Get puzzling

Take a moment to relax and recharge with one of our online puzzles featuring our beautiful collections and museums.

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Exhibition highlights

Created to inspire and inform, our exhibitions and displays have ranged across social history, design, art and architecture. We’ve cherry-picked a few of our favourites for you to explore.

Underworld: mugshots from the roaring twenties

Criminals thrived during the turbulent 1920s when rapid societal change led to the opening up of new illicit markets for entrepreneurial felons. Sydney’s police photographers captured the zeitgeist of the era in these unexpectedly candid mug shots of cocaine sellers and addicts, sly-grog purveyors and small-time criminals. Bosses, bruisers, plotters and petty crims are captured by the camera as they stare down the lens and into history. Discover more.

Marion Hall Best: Interiors

This exhibition colourfully charted the work of Marion Hall Best (1905-1988), one of Australia’s first and most influential independent interior designers, displaying original furniture, fabrics, furnishings and design schemes. Best’s career spanned four decades from the mid–1930s, a period of transition from the department store decorators and art furnishers of the 1920s, to the independent professional designers of today. Discover more.

A Thousand Words

‘A picture tells a thousand words.’ This adage is the inspiration for an innovative exhibition, in which the public becomes the curator. A Thousand Words presents 100 of the most compelling photographic images from the rich collections of Sydney Living Museums and the State Archives and Records Authority of NSW, created between the 1880s and the 1980s. Discover more.

Meet the team

Behind each museum, garden, exhibition and event stands a dedicated and talented team. Meet some of these remarkable people below.
  • Maria Elena Ruggeri, Heritage project officer

    Maria Elena Ruggeri’s multifaceted role as heritage project officer has given her a sense of belonging in her adopted country. Read more.

  • Jacqui Newling, Assistant Curator

    Jacqui specialises in place-based social history and heritage, bringing meaningful stories from our past to contemporary audiences through various forms of media, from exhibitions to interactive opportunities for visitors in our museums. Read on.

  • Meagan Evans, Philanthropy Officer

    Meagan has a deep connection with those who helped to shape our nation and a drive to ensure that history always matters. Read on


Contact us

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