Modern architecture in a historic place.
Step inside Australia’s oldest surviving public building, or visit the impressive Caroline Simpson Library & Research Collection and immerse yourself in Sydney’s rich history of house interiors and gardens. Dine in style at the Sydney Mint Café on the top floor of the original Rum Hospital, or hold your wedding in the historic sandstone courtyard.
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’.