During the bicentenary of Arthur Phillip’s death we looked back at the early life of this intriguing man, who had enjoyed an extraordinary career before he even set foot on a boat bound for Botany Bay.
Barbie is the iconic fasion doll of the 21st century that millions of children have grown up with. However how many people know the story of her creation? Read about Barbie's surprising origins and the dolls displayed in our Toy's Through Time exhibition.
The immense range and popularity of toy soldiers is on display at the new Toys through Time exhibition. Find out more about the figures on display and the four generations of one family that have played with them.
A beautifully crafted scale model shows, for the first time, the final form of Sydney's original government house, having grown from a basic six-room home to the rambling edifice, eventually demolished in 1845–1846.
The Museum of Sydney is built on and around a site that links us to the very beginnings of modern Australia. Here in 1788 on the ancient land of the Gadigal people, Governor Arthur Phillip built Government House. In this house and its later additions, the first nine governors of NSW lived and worked.
On Tuesday 29 October 1929 the New York stock market collapsed. Twenty-six billion dollars vanished into thin air, leaving markets in ruin for the next 3 years. Australian exports fell overnight, leaving local industries at a standstill, driving up unemployment, misery and hardship. Australia's debts to overseas banks were impossible to meet. Wage cuts, shorter working hours and brakes on government expenditure hit hard. The great depression dug in...
Cities are not just built. They are created by movers, shakers, dreamers and schemers. Sydney is no different. Drawing on the exhibition at Museum of Sydney, this article profiles eleven trail-blazers who, through intellect, determination and passion, influenced the shape, culture and identity of this harbour city.
Ever wondered how an exhibition is put together? Come behind-the-scenes and meet SLM designer Matt Guzowski, as he shares his experiences, influences and tells it like it is in the world of exhibition design.
SLM's exhibition loans registrar Bronwyn McKenzie discusses the many challenges of managing objects in exhibitions and provides tips on recording, storing, handling, repairing and caring for special things that go on display in our various exhibition spaces.
The forlorn hulk of the HMAS Tingira features in several 1930s drawings of Berrys Bay by celebrated artist Lloyd Rees. Presented by Rees as a solitary, romantic figure in the serene harbour landscape, the former luxury clipper has particular resonance not only with Rees, but with one of our properties - Rouse Hill House & Farm - and a prominent colonial family, the Rouses.
In the early hours of Sunday, 24 September 1916, an elephant named Jessie walked out through the gates of the Zoological Gardens at Moore Park in Sydney’s eastern suburbs and began an extraordinary journey through the city.