Next open Monday 19 March

  • Cafe
  • Wheelchair Accessible


Free admission


10 Macquarie Street, Sydney, NSW, 2000


+612 8239 2288
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Financed with 45,000 gallons of rum, Governor Macquarie’s ‘Rum Hospital’ provided 200 beds for convict patients. But stuffy, overcrowded and rife with dysentery, it quickly became known as ‘the Sidney Slaughter House’.

Rum Hospital


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


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


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

Two women standing on lawn within sandstone courtyard.


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

Children walking outside the stables block, Vaucluse House

School holidays

Spring school holiday opening hoursMonday 25 September 2017

Student holding stone axe


History lessons from the museumWednesday 6 September 2017

Sydney Living Museums has launched an inspiring new professional development program for primary school teachers.

Woman in stall decorated with colourful bunting.

SLM Food

Sumptuous seasonal delightsTuesday 29 August 2017

The arrival of spring heralds the return of two popular food-related festivals, as well as two exclusive events in our Colonial Gastronomy series.

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.