Today, our members enjoyed a fascinating talk and tour by curator Michael Lech on Demolished Sydney Homes, discovering architectural pieces rescued from significant houses across Sydney.

Free entry to this behind the scenes collection store @museumsdiscoverycentre is just one of the many benefits when you become an SLM member.

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Early-risers Ben, Sam and Susannah share the positive message of OneWave with an uplifting take on beach life, mental health and ‘salt-water therapy’ - part of Museum of Sydney’s exhibition, 'Sand in the City' (learn more:

**Raise awareness of mental health & help #OneWave celebrate their 4th birthday!**

Head to one of 50+ beaches around the world tomorrow morning (from 6.30am)...
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This weekend, you can explore thousands of treasures from the vast collections of Sydney Living Museums, Australian Museum and the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences at a free open weekend at the Museums Discovery Centre.

Become an explorer and traverse the boundaries of the natural world and built environment with curator talks and tours, rock climbing, camel rides, an archaeology...
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Museums Discovery Centre Open Weekend
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These holidays, head to Rouse Hill House & Farm and enjoy one of the many exciting, ‘hands-on’ activities. Say hello to the farm animals, help feed the chickens, collect the eggs and pump the water. Or explore traditional bush foods and make a ‘Johnny cake’ with Aboriginal guides from Muru Mittigar.

Bookings essential, limited space available:...
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To celebrate the 85th anniversary of the opening of the Sydney Harbour Bridge, we're giving online customers the chance to purchase 'Bridging Sydney' for a discounted price of only $24.95 (shipping not included). That's half-price!

This fascinating publication celebrates the opening of Sydney Harbour Bridge on 19 March 1932 and includes beautiful images from public and private collections,...
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The Sydney Harbour Bridge celebrates its 85th birthday today.

In its glistening and unrivaled location on Sydney Harbour, the bridge has inspired generations of painters, poets and photographers as well as a whole host of loyal Sydneysiders.

The story of its birth unfolds like an epic tale. The proposals, planning materials, maps, photographs, artworks and contemporary written sources offer...
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We were honoured to co-host the Irish Minister for Tourism & Sport, Patrick O'Donovan yesterday at the Great Irish Famine Memorial at the Hyde Park Barracks Museum, along with Chair, Dr Trish Strong and Members of the Great Irish Famine Commemoration Committee.

They were joined by Dr Caroline Butler-Bowdon of Sydney Living Museums to lay flowers at the memorial.
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Happy St Patrick's Day!

Australian children’s author Ella McFadyen remembers the Pleasure Garden at Vaucluse House as rambling and romantic, the perfect place to set a St Patrick's Day fable.

'The Goblin of Vaucluse' written when the author was 23, is the story of a little girl, Berry, and her cousin John, who row ashore one day to explore the gardens at Vaucluse House. Neither realise that...
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Did you know? Convicts of the early colony had their own ‘flash’ language, made up of slang words developed by criminals in London:

‘bit-faker’: a coiner, maker of counterfeit money
‘buz cove’: a pickpocket
‘fly’: vigilant, cunning, not easily duped
‘scurf'd’: taken into custody

Get even closer to the life and secrets of convicts at the Hyde Park Barracks with 'Convict Escapades'! Families...
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Beach comber, curator and time-traveller, Katherine Roberts, on collecting, beach culture and the perennial pleasure of beach going.

Part of our hands-on exhibition, 'Sand in the City' on now at the Museum of Sydney. To find out more visit

School Holidays are fast approaching… Fear not – SLM have got you covered!

‘Kids in the Kitchen’ returns to Vaucluse House, Elizabeth Farm and Meroogal this Autumn. Little ones can make food from scratch with old fashioned recipes and traditional preparation techniques. Make butter, bake bread and prepare lemonade, then enjoy the products of the mornings labour in the historic surrounds of...
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Discover the lives and secrets of convicts at the Hyde Park Barracks with 'Convict Escapades'! Families with children 6-12 years are invited to take on an immersive, theatrical experience where they can ‘choose their own’ adventure to earn their prized 'ticket of leave'.

Limited tickets available. Book now:

April 21–24 | 10am & 1pm

Humour, entertainment, education, nostalgia and uplifting morals – in darkened rooms in the 19th century, the magic lantern brought them all to amazed audiences.

Researchers from Australian National University’s ‘Heritage in the Limelight’ project recently paid a visit to Rouse Hill House & Farm to see the Rouse family’s ‘phantasmagoria’ Lantern, and hear how it inspired the family from the...
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Archive in the Spotlight - School of Art - ANU
When the Australia Hotel opened on Castlereagh Street in 1891, its Belle Epoque opulence matched that of the best hotels in Europe and America. An Art Deco refurbishment and extension on Martin Place in 1936 ensured it remained the place to see and be seen until the end of the 1960s.

Displayed in the 'Demolished Sydney' exhibition are the full menus, which you can also explore in The Cook...
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The year is 1836: don your broad-arrow shirt and join your fellow convicts for an immersive theatre experience like no other!

‘Convict Escapades’ reveals the hidden stories behind the Hyde Park Barracks. Choose your own adventure as you come face-to-face with colourful convict characters, take orders from the nasty superintendent, meet the lovesick cook or be tricked by the convict ‘magpie’...
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Convict Escapades 2017
“Music is a powerful tool for shaping emotion and environment, suggesting and inspiring action, and colouring narrative” – Professor Jeanice Brooks, University of Southampton.

Explore the history of Australian music making in an international context, with an intimate recital at Elizabeth Bay House. Three talented musicians will perform pieces from Sydney Living Museums’ historic sheet music...
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Here and There: Music at Home in Sydney and London, 1830–45
Happy International Women's Day! We'd like to celebrate by highlighting one of Australia’s most important and influential 20th century interior designers, Marion Hall Best.

Marion Hall Best (1905-1988) was an outstanding figure in the dissemination of the ideas of international modernism in relation to interiors in Australia. Best’s interiors vibrated with bold colours and patterns....
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This Sunday at our Eel Festival at Elizabeth Farm, colonial gastronomer Jacqui Newling will be preparing a popular 19th-century delicacy, ‘collared eel’ following a recipe from 1816.

The art of collaring is an all-but-lost art that survives in the form of Scandinavian pickled roll-mops, French roullades and Italian involtini. It is well suited to thin fillets of fish or meat that can be...
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When artist Jane Bennett began capturing Pyrmont’s steel and concrete structures during the late 1980s, many considered them industrial eyesores rather than part of Sydney’s heritage landscape.

Soon, these buildings faced demolition, along with the working-class community that had grown around them. Jane’s artworks, some of which feature in the 'Demolished Sydney' exhibition, help to tell...
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Today is #CleanUpAustraliaDay

Get inspired to clean up and help conserve our coastal environment – just like Avalon locals Lucy and Guy from Av Green Team and Living Ocean, who tell of beach cleans, going green and war on plastic.

Part of Museum of Sydney’s summer exhibition, Sand in the City: