Wander through the rooms and hallways of the imposing sandstone building that houses the Lucy Osburn Nightingale Museum. The museum is on the site of what was once the central section of the original convict-built Sydney Hospital and the original Tent Hospital of 1788. It is the oldest building on the site.

The curator and tour guide of the Museum, Elinor Wrobel, devoted many years to saving and restoring the priceless pieces of histopathology, which had been rotting away in a dusty attic at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital for 25 years.

In her efforts to preserve the artifacts, Elinor vowed to go on a hunger strike (nil by mouth!) to fight the imminent destruction of the collection that includes hundreds of unique anatomical specimens from people dating back to the 1890s which are now on display at the Lucy Osburn Nightingale Museum.

Meet at the Mosman Art Gallery 9:15am.

Cost: $25. Please book online: www.trybooking.com/25856

Cost includes:

  • Transport by Mosman Council community bus to the Lucy Osburn Nightingale Museum
  • Curator’s Talk
  • Guided tour
  • Morning tea

Please note that the cost does not include return transport or morning tea.

To reserve a place for morning tea at Da Capo Café in the Courtyard of Sydney Hospital please contact Janelle Patchett on 9978 4185 or by .

What are Friday Focus Tours for Friends?

Tours of up to 17 people that focus on a specific theme or genre of art. Friday Focus Tours are made available exclusively to

Friends of the Mosman Art Gallery

Friday 6 July 9:15 am to 12:00 pm