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 8 March

9am–5pm

Entry

Free admission

Address

10 Macquarie Street, Sydney, NSW, 2000

Phone

+612 8239 2288

From Friday 29 January 2021, Sydney Living Museums recommends that all visitors wear masks inside when visiting our museums, however in line with the latest public health advice wearing masks is not mandatory. Find out more including any exemptions via the NSW Government Health website.

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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

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

Student holding stone axe

Learning

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.

Drawing of front elevation of the Mint front building.

The Mint

Audio: Health, Disease & Death in the Early ColonyWednesday 3 May 2017

This podcast, first recorded at the “Our Healthy Heritage” seminar series, hosted quarterly by the Australian and New Zealand Society of the History of Medicine features SLM curator Dr Fiona Starr retelling stories of the colony’s first general hospital: the Rum Hospital.

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.