Nursing and Medical Museum | Prince Henry Hospital Trained Nurses Association
With the easing of restrictions the museum will be open on Sundays with strict limits on the number of visitors permitted into the exhibition areas at any one time. Please follow the instructions of museum volunteers and be patient.
The Australian Nurses War Memorial Chapel is still operating at this time.
Weddings and funerals may still take place in line with government gathering regulations.
The Chapel now has an Audio Visual system, which can be used to live stream your special occasion to those who are unable to attend, as well as to produce a recording of the ceremony. The Audio Visual is available for funerals, weddings, memorial services, baptisms and naming ceremonies. For bookings and information on current COVID-19 restrictions, please call 0447 614 137 or complete the website enquiry form.
General Museum information
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.
Following easing of COVID-19 restrictions, from 19 May 2020 and until further restrictions are lifted, the Museum will be open to visitors on Tuesdays from 10:00am to 3:00pm, with of course a limit of 10 people at any one time.This will be in addition to Sunday openings.
Tuesdays from 10:00am to 3:00pm (beginning 19 May 2020) Sundays from 10:00am to 3:00pm
There is no specific admission fee for visitors to the Prince Henry Nursing and Medical Museum. However, ongoing public support by way of individual donation is greatly appreciated, and will enable the volunteer team to maintain the Museum and its exhibits now and into the future.
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
On the coast at Little Bay stands the Australian Nurses' War Memorial Chapel — the only chapel of its type in Australia. The inter-denominational chapel was built and is now managed by the Prince Henry Hospital Trained Nurses' Association Inc.
The Coast Chapel at Little Bay is available for christenings, baptisms, baby naming ceremonies, weddings, funerals and memorial ceremonies, as well as being a fabulous filming location for commercials, dramas and corporate videos.
Chapel bookings and further information
For further information and to book the chapel for your special occasion, please call 0447 614 137 or complete the website enquiry form.
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.
Important notice regarding coach parking zone adjacent to 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.