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Susannah Place is a heritage-listed former grocery store and workers' cottages and now historic house museum located at 58-64 Gloucester Street in the inner city Sydney suburb of The Rocks in the City of Sydney local government area of New South Wales, Australia. It was built during 1844. It is also known as Susannah Place Museum. The property is owned by Property NSW and managed by Sydney Living Museums, agencies of the Government of New South Wales. It was added to the New South Wales State Heritage Register on 10 December 1999.
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One of the best museums I've ever been too. Its a guided tour only and the guide will bring you through a series of rooms in Susannah's place. The building is original and it is one of the oldest buildings that survived demolition. The rooms are replicated based on their occupants (children and grandchildren's) memories, pictures and oral histories. Each room represents a different time period. At the end of the tour I played a hymn on the old piano in one of the rooms and it was a serene moment
Amazing museum and a definitive must do! Lovely tour with a lot of detailed information specifically about the inhabitants over the time which gives you a great feeling for the change of the rocks area. Lovely set up of rooms from different times and a most lovely little shop. Make sure to visit! One of the best experiences in Sydney !!!
A really intriguing visit. You need to make a time for a tour but they fitted me in on the day. Lovingly preserved building, with tours by knowledgeable volunteers, that gives a real sense of life for the working class in the 20th century
The tour should have been a lot more interesting than it was. Susannah Place has been there through many phases of Sydney's history and there must be many stories to tell. Unfortunately the tour told very few of them, and those were jumbled into an medley that went back and forth in time without ever giving a good sense of life in The Rocks at any given period. On the other hand, materials have been meticulously preserved, so an opportunity awaits for someone with a gift for storytelling to bring them to life.
Very interesting and a good effort to preserve and explain The Rocks and some of the building's past. Well worth the time spent with this group
A Museum in the Making In 1987, a joint project between the Historic Houses Trust of New South Wales and the Sydney Cove Authority was established to conserve the terrace houses. The conservation work focuses on preserving and conserving, rather than recreating, so all restorative work is fully documented and where possible, reversible. The terraces contrast with many other restored houses because it retains old materials rather than recreating them from new ones. Susannah Place aims to ‘preserve the evidence of the building’s use and its adaptation to the changing needs of its occupants over 150 years.’ A conservation management plan places exceptional importance on retaining the character of the building, stating the need to ‘retain overall form, scale and character of the exterior and character of the ground, first floor levels’. One example of creating a museum in the making include leaving the front room on the ground floor of no. 58 ‘as found’, which hadn’t been occupied since 1974 and the only changes were essential repairs
Beautiful little row of houses part of the Sydney Living Museums group. The tour showcases the lives and living conditions of some families that subsided in each of the cottages. Much of the houses still remains intact and largely un-restored, in contrast to other museums from this era that are typically painstakingly restored. This isn't necessarily a bad or good thing, but offers a glimpse into the past in a different way. Thank God we kept these buildings and didn't knock them over for boring high density dwellings.
Very informative and a wonderful glimpse of living history. Definitely drop in earlier than the tour times to secure your place!