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

Next open Monday 23 May

9am–4pm

Entry

Free admission

Please note: due to important building repair work there is currently no visitor access to the Mint display area

Address

10 Macquarie Street, Sydney, NSW, 2000

Phone

+612 8239 2288

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

Bullion Store at The Mint

The Mint

A golden past and a bright futureTuesday 15 March 2022

Bullion Store is an exciting new orientation and retail space in Sydney’s oldest public building, is named to acknowledge the site’s previous incarnation as a branch of the Royal Mint.

Aerial view of Narcissus Garden at Vaucluse House

New online

Year in review: 2021Thursday 3 March 2022

Vaucluse House

School holidays

Summer 2022 opening hoursMonday 6 December 2021

Exterior of white-painted two storey building with verandahs.

 

Conservation in action: Rum Hospital's verandah and columnsThursday 9 September 2021

Structural repairs and conservation of the timber verandah and columns of the former ‘Rum Hospital’

Woman in stall decorated with colourful bunting.

Events

Cornersmith Cooking School takes up residency at The MintFriday 7 May 2021

Cornersmith Cooking School is bringing its pop-up cooking classes to The Mint.

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.