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The People’s House Sydney Opera House at 50

1 July - 12 November 2023

Museum of Sydney and Sydney Opera House | Experience

This year, the Sydney Opera House is celebrating 50 outstanding years in the cultural and social life of Sydney and the nation. The free exhibition, The People’s House: Sydney Opera House at 50, at the Museum of Sydney and the Sydney Opera House, commemorates five decades of extraordinary performances and unforgettable moments and celebrates this architectural marvel that has become Sydney’s great civic space and ‘the people’s house’.

Relive the magic of past performances and events and discover the remarkable stories that have shaped the Opera House, from its very first year to now. See extraordinary costumes, posters and programs, rare archival records, architectural drawings, and photographs, and enjoy interactive experiences.

The Opera House will showcase a collection onsite of archival posters and photographs from 1973 and the early 2000s in Bennelong Passage and the Box Office Lounge as part of the exhibition. Join us on the People's House Tour to see the whole collection. 

The People’s House Tour

Thursdays, 13 Jul - 28 Sept 2023

The Sydney Opera House has been the subject of photographs, documentaries, video interviews and news bulletins for over fifty years. Relive the magic of past performances and events through a collection of posters and photographs from 1973 and the early 2000s that reflect the extraordinary variety of local and international productions staged at the Opera House. The Exhibition will be on display in Bennelong Passage and the Box Office Lounge.  

The People's House Tour will guide you through the spaces and venues of the Opera House as your tour guide touches on the history and magical stories from the past fifty years and how the Opera House came to be, before ending at the Box Office Lounge to view the nostalgic exhibition with a drink and canapé

An exhibition produced by Museums of History NSW in partnership with the Sydney Opera House and in collaboration with design and technology company Art Processors. This project is proudly supported by the NSW Government through the Blockbusters Funding initiative and the Culture Up Late program.


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