The Mint

Financed with 45,000 gallons of rum, Governor Macquarie’s ‘Rum Hospital’ provided 200 beds for convict patients. Today the Mint houses Sydney Living Museums' head office, venue hire spaces, a restaurant and café, and is also home to the Caroline Simpson Library & Research Collection.

The Mint. Photo © Nicholas Watt for Sydney Living Museums MIN13_0064

Sydney Living Museums is closing from Tuesday 24 March until further notice.

We are taking these steps as a public health precaution in support of measures to contain COVID-19.

The Mint will be closed until further notice.
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Entry

Free admission

Address

10 Macquarie Street, Sydney, NSW, 2000

Phone

+612 8239 2288
In line with decisions made by the National Cabinet as communicated by the NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian, Sydney Living Museums will today close to the public until further notice to help protect the health of all visitors and staff and minimise the spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus) in the State.

Rum Hospital

1816-1854

Functioning 1816-1842 as the south wing of the General ‘Rum’ Hospital for convicts, the site later provided an infirmary and dispensary for poor people.

What was the Rum Hospital?

Royal Mint

1855-1926

Open for business in 1855, the Sydney Royal Mint was the first overseas branch of London’s Royal Mint where 1200 tonnes of colonial gold were minted into 150 million sovereigns.

A short history of The Mint

Courts & Offices

1926-1997

Between 1926 and 1997 almost 20 different government departments and law courts came and went from the Mint buildings.

After the Royal Mint

Heritage site & SLM Head Office

1997- today

Integrating new and heritage buildings, historic structures and archaeological elements, the site today houses our head office, venue hire spaces, a restaurant and café, and is also home to the Caroline Simpson Library & Research Collection.

The Mint transformed


 


 

The latest at The Mint

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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.

Two children running in garden in front of two storey farmstead building.

School holidays

Summer 2019: school holiday opening hoursTuesday 27 November 2018

Group of four women in period costumes in front of sandstone steps.

The Mint

NIDA students in costume at the Barracks & The MintTuesday 14 August 2018

NIDA costume design students were seen modelling the costumes that they designed at Hyde Park Barracks Museum and The Mint.

Two women standing on lawn within sandstone courtyard.

Weddings

Yes to loveTuesday 6 February 2018

Woman in gardening gear talking to two kids in garden setting.

School holidays

Summer school holiday opening hoursWednesday 6 December 2017

Stories from The Mint

When the Sydney Mint’s Coining Factory opened in May 1855 it contained the most cutting-edge technology in the colony. The building itself was equally innovative. Made of prefabricated cast-iron components, it was shipped in pieces to Sydney, where it could be quickly assembled.