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

Most of our properties reopened to the public in July 2020 following a brief closure as a result of COVID-19 restrictions. Four properties remain closed, some due to ongoing social distancing restrictions, while at others we have taken the opportunity to undertake conservation work and develop new audience offers. Subscribe to our eNews or check our property pages for current opening days and times.

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

Meroogal

School holidays

Autumn School Holidays: opening hoursTuesday 9 March 2021

A group of reflecting mirrored balls.

Media release

Reflections on IdentityThursday 4 February 2021

Vaucluse House

School holidays

Summer 2021: opening hoursMonday 7 December 2020

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

School holidays

Summer 2019: school holiday opening hoursTuesday 27 November 2018

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.