The Mint
Speciality MuseumsHistoric Sites
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
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, shop and cafe, and is also home to the Caroline Simpson Library & Research Collection. The Rum Hospital building and selected spaces are open to wander through during business hours, 9am-5pm, Monday to Friday. Closed public holidays. Closed 24 Dec 2019 - 5 Jan 2020.
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Neighborhood: Central Business District
The Sydney Central Business District is abuzz with energy. Power brokers run to and from high rise buildings and after-work drink places, high-end shoppers tour venues like the QVB, and fine diners frequent the many celebrity chef restaurants. For a dose of culture, walk to the NSW Art Gallery, or visit the Sydney Museum. To escape the hustle and bustle, reconnect with nature at the Sydney Botanical Gardens or picnic lunch at High Park. No matter your interest, be sure to check the full calendar of events hosted by the city, from the Sydney Festival in January to October’s Good Food Month at Hyde Park.
How to get there
  • Martin Place • 2 min walk
  • St James • 2 min walk
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Peter M
Melbourne, Australia1,301 contributions
Mar 2021
This was built between 1811-1816 as the Rum Hospital. The Sydney Mint took the southern wing of the Rum Hospital over in 1854,following the discovery of gold and until 1927 all gold found in New South Wales was turned into bullion and currency here. It was restored in 1982 and opened as a branch of the Powerhouse Museum. Today it houses Sydney Museum's head office,is home to the Caroline Simpson Library. It is run by the Historic House Trust. There is a Mint Shop where you can buy ceramics and artworks,homewares and a vast array of books
Written April 26, 2021
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stinkwink
Sydney, Australia7,389 contributions
Jul 2018 • Solo
It is pointless to write about the history of the Mint since other reviewers already did it. For me, the nicest point of my visit was to meet the memory of Caroline Fairfax Simpson again. The first time I met her name was when I went to see the Clyde Bank. Obviously, her name is related to the old buildings of Sydney. First the Clyde Bank, that following her dreams, she was able to buy in 1992. Then, she restored this oldest Georgian house in Sydney, where she opened her art gallery. After her death, the house was sold, and but still open to show her collection of Australian colonial furniture, pictures, and objets d’art
. Looking around in the Mint, the oldest public building in Sydney CBD, her name was the first that caught my eyes. On the ground floor, there is a section dedicated to the Caroline Simpson Library & Research Collection. Without it, I should have to agree with other people, who weren’t too impressed with the Mint.
Written July 21, 2018
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vickie s
Brunswick, GA563 contributions
Feb 2018
The Mint is easy to find on Macquarie Street near Hyde Park. Don’t be put off by the black iron fence which fronts the street. We wandered in to get a coffee and struck up a conversation with Rex. He is one of the tour guides. How fortunate we were to chat with him. He took us through the Mint was explaining Sydney history, Governor Macquarie, and how development and the discovery of gold changed the area. The time we spent checking out the building and surroundings was well spent. If you are walking on Macquarie Street seek out the Mint. You won’t be disappointed.
Written February 8, 2018
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flo220
New York City, NY331 contributions
Oct 2023 • Couples
Historic site with small exhibit. Next to the Hyde Park Barracks so it is worth stopping by to check it out. Free to enter.
Written December 6, 2023
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AndyJohn74
Sans Souci, Australia3,380 contributions
Jan 2022
Originally known as the Rum Hospital, the Mint was used to turn all gold found in New South Wales into bullion or coins. The building was refurbished in 1982 and now houses some offices, a shop and restaurant.
Written January 24, 2022
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Kirkcaldylad
North Lanarkshire, UK1,725 contributions
Nov 2019 • Couples
This is one of the oldest and most historic buildings in Sydney but it seems that unless you want to eat in its first floor restaurant or are working for the quango that runs the historic museums and which has its offices on site or have booked one of its function rooms for a meeting, visitors and tourists are hardly welcome except to look at the architecture and read a little bit about its history from the paltry information boards in the back corridor. Sop come, look and go or maybe eat.
Written November 4, 2019
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Peter
Glasgow, UK3,241 contributions
Nov 2019 • Couples
This handsome building has a huge history.
Unfortunately the site and the huge story of gold refining and coin minting is not well presented at the present time.
Little of the original mint work spaces are now accessible by the public.
Written November 4, 2019
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Stephenbkk20156
Okayama Prefecture, Japan712 contributions
May 2019
We went here on a walking tour. Otherwise, we might have walked past it barely noticing. That would have been a pity. Once we stopped and took the time, we realised that it was an impressive building. The tour guide had a number of fun stories to tell us.

This is history right before your eyes but it takes a bit of imagination to appreciate it fully imagine trying to set up a functioning colony on an unbuilt continent. You would need buildings like this, once you got beyond the survival stage. You would need an architect and a source of finance. Yet this is not a bare-bones, best-we-can-do building, but a truly graceful structure designed and built by people who were here to stay.

Starting as a hospital, financed by rum sales, it had several uses over the years, including as a mint. The essential structure remains. Well worth stoping to imagine.
Written October 27, 2019
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ZeebruggeExplorer
Sarasota, FL364 contributions
Sep 2019
The Mint was closed when we were there, but the hallway was open so we went in. The building was open and beautiful although the museum was being renovated. The hospital nearby was interesting
Written October 27, 2019
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Oldjack
Greater Melbourne, Australia27,912 contributions
Aug 2019
The building was constructed between 1811 and 1816 by Governor Macquarie as a hospital to house 200 convicts who needed treatment. It was called the 'Rum Hospital"as rum was used to finance the construction. Later a Mint was established on the site and the the building was used to house Mint staff. Today it is a museum but sadly did not open at week ends.
Written September 6, 2019
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