• 1/3

    Trades Hall

    The Morrison Room, November 2008.

  • 2/3

    Trades Hall

    Heritage facade.

  • 3/3

    Trades Hall

    Historical banner (detail).


The Trades Hall provides an insight into the history of trade unionism and its centrality to social justice, democracy and human rights in today’s world. The Hall houses a fascinating collection of historical, trade union banners, badges, campaign material, important documents and books.

The building is open Monday to Friday with changing exhibitions on show in the public areas. Tours of the building and Lorna Morrison exhibition space are available by appointment on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday with the Trades’ Hall Librarian and Heritage Officer, Neale Towart.

The Trades Hall was established by the developing trade union movement in NSW in 1888, with the final section of the hall, the auditorium, completed in 1917. Following a large scale refurbishment, the hall was reopened in 2007.


(02) 9881 5999
Email us
Visit our website

Getting There

4 Goulburn Street
Sydney, NSW 2000

Opening Hours

Monday- Friday

08:30 to 17:00 (tours by appointment)

Museums & Galleries of NSW helps small-medium museums, galleries and Aboriginal cultural centres create exciting experiences for visitors and, through this, thriving local NSW communities. We don't run museums, galleries and cultural centres but we care about those who do. We develop their skills, connect them with others in the industry, provide funding, point visitors their way, and give them access to ground-breaking exhibitions.

Museums & Galleries of NSW is supported by the NSW Government through Create NSW.

Stay in touch


Our latest e-news is packed with news, events, and exhibition info.