Sydney Open – By Sydney Living Museums

A couple of months ago, four of us took a Manly ferry to check out Sydney Open, where for one weekend a year, the doors of the city’s most important, inspiring and intriguing buildings and spaces are unlocked. We obviously neglected to read the fine print, because this “weekend-long celebration of living architecture” was actually only on open to the public on Sunday the 6th, not, on Saturday the 5th (reserved for privately booked tours only).

We were quite oblivious to this key detail and remained genuinely perplexed as to why noone else wore their pink wristbands. Luckily many of the buildings were already open to the general public, so we enjoyed a crowd-free, sunny afternoon exploring our extended backyard. The good folk at Sydney Living Museums also took pity on us and shouted us a few double passes, too.

Here’s a few snaps of the 6 we made it to; The Sydney Opera House, Government House, The State Library of New South Wales, Hyde Park Barracks Museum, The Calyx (Royal Botanic Garden), The Justice & Police Museum, plus a well-timed march for Refugees through Circular Quay.

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Sydney Opera House – Precast Concrete Ribbed Roof
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Sydney Opera House from Government House Gardens
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Government House Lawns – Unedited
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Tom, Steve & Emma @ Government House, by Architect Edward Blore
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Government House Gardens
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The Mitchell Library Reading Room, State Library of NSW 1911 – 1912
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The Mitchell Library Reading Room, State Library of NSW 2016
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Emma at the Pictures Card Catalogue
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Negatives Records, Capt. James Cook
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Hyde Park Barracks
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Emma, Tom & Steve @ The Calyx
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Steve & Emma @ The Calyx
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Refugee Protest, Circular Quay
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Refugee Protest, Circular Quay
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Emma Reading @ The Justice & Police Museum
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Mug Shots: De Gracy & Dalton, Central Police Station, Approx 1920 @ The Justice & Police Museum