Nursing and Medical Museum

Join us at the Nursing and Medical Museum and enjoy the rich history of the Prince Henry Hospital. Call us to arrange a tour for your school group or for adults.


Prince Henry Hospital Trained Nurses Association
Nursing and Medical Museum
Ward 1 (formerly Ward 18)
2 Brodie Avenue, Little Bay, NSW 2036

M: 0416 235 380

Opening times

Sundays from 10:00am to 3:00pm
All other times by arrangement


Adults: $5.00
School aged children: $2.00

Group tours

Group tours of the Museum, Nurses War Memorial Chapel, and the hospital precinct can be arranged Monday through Saturday by appointment. School groups are welcome if their curriculum supports the history of the hospital and/or health sciences. 

Available tour times: 10:30am to 12:30pm | 2:00pm to 4:00pm

Duration of tour: 2 hours

Admission: Adults $10.00 | School aged children $2.00

Bookings essential: Contact Carol Parker

Prince Henry Hospital | a history developed by Dr Barbara Newman

According to the New South Wales Government Gazette of 1880, the population of Sydney was 221,000, Sir Henry Parkes was the Premier, and Sydney Hospital, as the first hospital in Australia was training nurses based on the Florence Nightingale model from London.

With an expanding population and the introduction of various communicable diseases to the colony carried by the many convicts and new settlers, it was necessary to establish a designated isolated place to develop a hospital/sanitarium to which these persons could be sent. A measles epidemic in 1867, together with a small pox outbreak in 1881 and leprosy forced Parkes and others to accommodate affected persons away from the immediate city area.

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Important notice regarding coach parking zone adjacent to Museum

Coach parking zone adjacent to Nursing Museum

The bus/coach bay in Brodie Avenue is for the exclusive use of coaches and mini buses transporting visitors to the musem for guided tours during the hours between 9am and 3pm Monday through Friday.

There are many tours of the museum throughout the week both mornings and afternoons. Some visitors are wheel-chair bound and many use walking frames, so it's very important that the bus/coach bay is available during the specified hours.

Should the bay be used for general parking, other than for Museum use, Council rangers will be advised and infringement notices issued.


Prince Henry Hospital Trained Nurses Association
Nursing And Medical Museum Little Bay NSW