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Entry

Adult  | $15 
Concession  | $12 
Family*  | $38 
Members  | Free of charge
Children under 5 years  | Free of charge

*2 adults & 2 children or 1 adult & 3 children

Address

Corner West and Worrigee streets, Nowra, NSW 2541

Phone

+612 4421 8150

From 1 June some of our museums and historic houses will be reopening. Please check individual property pages for more details. You can also discover our places, stories and collections online and across our social channels. Stay connected to be inspired and entertained. 

Family group portrait. Thorburn family at Meroogal, 13 January 1891.

A few blocks from the town centre of Nowra on NSW’s south coast, Meroogal is a rare and precious gem. Barely changed since it was built in the 1880s, the distinctive ‘Carpenter Gothic’ house has been loved and maintained by four generations of Thorburn and Macgregor women through the pleasures and labours of daily life. The house still overflows with their belongings – favourite books and ornaments, furniture, photographs, diaries and journals, newspaper clippings, receipts and recipes, appliances and clothes – and the garden, although reduced from its original size, still provides fruits and fresh produce that hint at their self-sufficiency and hospitality. Meroogal invites us into their lives, and through their private histories draws us into a shared and living past.

Find out More About Meroogal

 


The family were avid entertainers, hosting ‘at home’ tea parties each month for family and friends, and took great pride in their homegrown produce and homemade treats. Click here to see some of the much-loved heirloom recipes from Meroogal.

The latest at Meroogal

Soap carved with images.

Meroogal

Meroogal Women's Art Prize 2020 entries now openTuesday 7 April 2020

Sydney Living Museums is excited to announce that entries are now open for the 2020 Meroogal Women’s Art Prize, with a prize pool of over $10,000. This year, SLM is waiving the artist entry fee to make the prize as accessible as possible at a time when support and kindness are most needed.

News in white text on black background.

News

Update on COVID-19Monday 16 March 2020

In response to recent developments with COVID-19, Sydney Living Museums is closing all historic houses and museums effective Tuesday 24 March until further notice. Click here for further information about the potential impact of COVID-19.

Shoes, handkerchief, cap (stamped with HPA, for Hyde Park Asylum, and broad arrow), bodice and apron worn by asylum inmates.

International Women's Day

Women's stories, women's livesFriday 6 March 2020

White picket fence surrounding house with purple flowering jacaranda.

Meroogal Womens Art Prize

People's Choice announced for Meroogal Women's Art PrizeMonday 11 March 2019

Visitors in the front yard at Meroogal