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.
The Caroline Simpson Library & Research Collection holds an important collection of furnishing fabrics, loose covers, curtains, blinds, valances, cushion covers and wallpaper, mostly provenanced to Tinker Tailor Interiors and donated by retired decorator Robert W Lloyd. Read more here
Our collection holds many personal items including pin cushions. Some are ornate and beautifully decorated, while others are austere and well-worn. This homemade pincushion was made by former Susannah Place resident Ellen Marshall adn was gifted to us by Jenni Whitford & family.
Take a moment to relax and recharge with one of our online puzzles featuring our beautiful collections and museums.
Watch & listen
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.