Yesterday I had the amazing experience of being a part of the volunteer team for Sydney Open day run by Sydney Living Museums.
I’ve never really gone out of my way to do something like this before, but I absolutely loved every minute of it. (Although perhaps I could have done without the backache and blisters from being on my feet for 9 hours). While I’m not cut out for a career in retail, I had the opportunity to meet so many enthusiastic and passionate people that you just couldn’t help but get caught up in the moment.
The idea behind Sydney Open day was to open up as many sites as possible that are important to the heritage of Sydney, be they historically significant, or displaying the Sydney style of the present and future. Many of the sites open to the public are normally never seen, or sometimes never even heard of, so yesterday was a great opportunity to learn and see something new (or old!).
I had the fantastic luck of being assigned to The State Theatre, and oh my, is she a sight to behold! Such opulent glamour from a bygone era, it really took my breath away. From the moment you walk in the doors, there is just something to hold you in awe no matter where you look.
The Theatre was opened in 1929 and was originally designed for silent film, but it wasn’t long before ‘Talkies’ started showing.
It’s also home to the second largest chandelier in the world, which the camera on my iPad definitely did not do justice to!
There are organ pipes below the Theatre, which are not normally seen by the public. They are massive.
The Butterfly Room is one of the ladies smoking rooms. It’s very girly and feminine, which is in stark contrast to what the men got (although I didn’t get a good photo! Too much dark wood, and not enough lighting is not good for photography).
While I was helping out at The State Theatre, my Mum was wandering around the sites, and kindly took some photos for me so I would have the chance to see what else was on offer. (Love you Mum!)
And boy was it a beautiful day in Sydney.
With a glimpse of that beautiful day from inside the MCA in Circuclar Quay.
Mum taking a selfie. Must say, the quote gave me a good giggle. It’s funny ’cause it’s true.
Apparently this floor is inside Customs House. I would have never known!
And Government House in Sydney with all its leather and wood. Very masculine environment if you ask me.
This odd sculpture resides in the Hilton, but the main attraction is Marble Bar, for a little old school style.
No tour of Sydney’s historical sites could be complete without a visit to Hyde Park Barracks to get a little taste of convict life.
The look of those beds is making me very grateful for the relative decadence of my own sleeping arrangements.
Maybe a hammock would be more comfortable?
I finished the day with a little (early) Christmas cheer, with the giant Christmas tree in the QVB!
While the Open Day is over for this year, many of the sites can be seen at any time during the year. And if you want to volunteer (which I would highly recommend) you can check out http://sydneylivingmuseums.com.au and if you want to see a show at The State Theatre, and make sure you take time to enjoy not just the show, then check out http://www.statetheatre.com.au.