The Mint
Speciality MuseumsHistoric Sites
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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Neighbourhood: 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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TravelQueen1107
Wheaton, IL234 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
Recommended by our hotel concierge, it's free to stop in and well worth it. Large posters tell the story of the building, the surrounding neighborhood and Sydney's history. A knowledgable docent at the door gave us an overview. I expect many visitors miss this site, which is a shame.
Written 3 March 2024
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Mairwen1
United Kingdom10,641 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Solo
The Mint is the oldest surviving public building in Sydney’s CBD. Along with old Parliament House and the Hyde Park Barracks, this is one of the more significant historic buildings you will see if you walk along Macquarie St.
Entry is free but it is only a quick visit and there is not a lot to see.
There are some remnants and bits of machinery in the courtyard and rear buildings, an old coin press, a penny press to make your own coins and some information about the building’s past.
Overall, it is short on artefacts and exhibits. The main point of interest is the architecture itself.
Would I recommend it if you had to pay? Not really, but as it is free and happens to be right next door to the Hyde Park Barracks, it is worth wandering through.
Curiously it was originally known as ‘the Rum Hospital’. It was built as a hospital for convicts but the name has stuck because the building was paid for entirely in rum licences. It cost about 45,000 gallons of rum.
This strange method of payment came about because Governor Macquarie was short of funds and Britain was refusing to bankroll any more projects.
The enterprising Macquarie thrashed out a deal with a couple of rum merchants and a surgeon. In exchange for constructing the building, Macquarie granted them a monopoly on the import of rum to the colony. Unfortunately (and probably not surprisingly) the work was shoddy and the building never served its purpose very well.
In 1855, the hospital was converted into a Mint. Australia was in the throes of a gold rush and the colony was awash with large amounts of unrefined gold. Regulation and control was needed. Nuggets, bags of gold dust and bullion were brought here and where it was processed into coins. It continued to operate until 1926 when it was finally closed down and was used instead for various governmental offices.
Today, it houses the headquarters of the NSW Museums of History group, the Caroline Simpson Library & Research Collection, and a cafe. If you are short of time, you can skip it but if you are in the area, it is a interesting and quick little diversion.
Written 9 December 2023
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flo220
New York City, NY349 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
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 6 December 2023
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Dan L
Bunbury, Australia7,762 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2022
This historic building is the oldest surviving public building in Sydney, originally part of the Rum Hospital dating to 1816. I enjoyed the exterior views and then wandered inside and realised I was in a cafe. A helpful waitress pointed me in the right direction and I headed off to view the rear of the building and the small display of sandstone column remnants, information panels and the model of the South Wing of the General Hospital. I was unable to explore further as various rooms had been set up for meetings or functions., while others housed the HQ of the Museums of History NSW and the Caroline Simpson Library & Research Collection offices.
Written 26 December 2022
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Peter
Glasgow, UK3,148 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2022
This handsome building has a huge history.
This very fine historic building used to have good exibits, however this time we only sat on the veranda deck for coffee and cake (now that the Hyde Park Barracks has lost its cafe).
Great place to sit and rest.
Written 11 December 2022
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AndyJohn74
Sans Souci, Australia4,735 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
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 24 January 2022
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Peter M
Melbourne, Australia1,293 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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 26 April 2021
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Kirkcaldylad
North Lanarkshire, UK1,566 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
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 4 November 2019
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Peter
Glasgow, UK3,148 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
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 4 November 2019
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Stephenbkk20156
Okayama Prefecture, Japan698 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
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 27 October 2019
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