Elizabeth Bay House
Saloon staircase, Elizabeth Bay House. Photograph © Haley Richardson and Stuart Miller for Sydney Living Museums

Next Open Friday 01 May

 
11AM - 4PM
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Please note: owing to urgent maintenance works, visitors are currently unable to access the wine cellars on Fridays. We apologise for the inconvenience.

Entry

Adult $8

Child (under 15)/ Concession $4

Family (two adults + two children) $17

Members free

Address

7 Onslow Avenue, Elizabeth Bay, NSW 2011

Phone

+61 2 9356 3022
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Built at 'very considerable expense', Elizabeth Bay House was once the finest house in the colony, set within a garden of the most remarkable extravagance and fancy. Yet it tells a familiar Sydney story: of ambition and passion over-stretched, of riches to ruin.

Closeup of glass case with colourful butterflies pinned inside it. Elizabeth Bay House.

With commanding views over Sydney Harbour, Elizabeth Bay House gleams like a Greek temple. Once surrounded by famous landscaped gardens, it is one of the most splendid private houses ever built in Australia and still arouses our delight and astonishment. Its elegant rooms and fine proportions, sweeping staircase and lavish furnishings reveal the tastes and aspirations of its original owner, Alexander Macleay, after the governor, the most important public official in colonial Sydney. But it was his magnificent gardens which most keenly expressed his tastes and passions, and in the economic downturn of the 1840s pushed him towards ruin. Elizabeth Bay House is an iconic Sydney home, with an iconic Sydney back-story of obsession for property and position stretched beyond means and undone by changing financial times.

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Chee Soon & Fitzgerald at SLMWednesday 22 April 2015

Girl in blue top and jeans carries an Easter basket through the grounds of Elizabeth Farm

Children & Family

Autumn School Holiday Opening HoursTuesday 17 March 2015

Head to our place this Easter for an exciting school holiday program set across our houses and museums.

People in the hammocks at Hyde Park Barracks Museum

Australia Day

Australia Day 2014Friday 23 January 2015

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Rocco Fazzari draws for SLMTuesday 16 December 2014

Sydney Living Museums has commissioned artist Rocco Fazzari to create a series of fine line drawings of the twelve museums in our portfolio.

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New online

Hirsute heritage and facial fashionsWednesday 19 November 2014

If you’re growing your moustache for Movember you’re probably at the point now where you need to consider the style you’re going to adopt. We have a selection from our collections for you to choose from.

What's on at Elizabeth Bay House

Next 30 Days
Tuesday 28 April 2015 - Thursday 28 May 2015

See Elizabeth Bay House by candlelight

Elizabeth Bay House on Instagram

The original black parrot! #funeralcockatoo #blackparrot #elizabethbayhouse #macleaymuseum #calyptorhynchusfunereus #tinydinosaurs #bones #skeletons #museum #sydney #sydneyheritage #sydneyhistory #funeral #cockatoo #lowmaintainencepet

The original black parrot! #funeralcockatoo #blackparrot #elizabethbayhouse #macleaymuseum #calyptorhynchusfunereus #tinydinosaurs #bones #skeletons #museum #sydney #sydneyheritage #sydneyhistory #funeral #cockatoo #lowmaintainencepet

1 day 21 hours
The end of another freaky storm. #elizabethbay #elizabethbayhouse #waterfall #sydney #sydneylife #saturdays #sydneyharbour #rain

The end of another freaky storm. #elizabethbay #elizabethbayhouse #waterfall #sydney #sydneylife #saturdays #sydneyharbour #rain

2 days 20 hours
At the end of the working day, it's always nice to lie on the stairs. #elizabethbay #elizabethbayhouse #sydney #sydneyarchitecture #architecture #dome #slm @sydlivmus #ceiling #regency #design #sydneyhistory #ellipse

At the end of the working day, it's always nice to lie on the stairs. #elizabethbay #elizabethbayhouse #sydney #sydneyarchitecture #architecture #dome #slm @sydlivmus #ceiling #regency #design #sydneyhistory #ellipse

3 days 22 hours
As the rain continues to fall we're wishing everyone a safe and warm Wednesday. 
Photo from #ElizabethBayHouse via Angela Sanfilippo © SLM 
#DiscoverSLM #SydneyStorm

As the rain continues to fall we're wishing everyone a safe and warm Wednesday. Photo from #ElizabethBayHouse via Angela Sanfilippo © SLM #DiscoverSLM #SydneyStorm

6 days 2 hours
Thanks @ciroccollective for a stunning dinner  at #elizabethbayhouse. I'm feel in those #worldclass cocktails right about now

Thanks @ciroccollective for a stunning dinner at #elizabethbayhouse. I'm feel in those #worldclass cocktails right about now

1 week 3 days
Come Dine With Me. @ciroccollective  dinner at historic #ElizabethBayHouse with  my Aussie crew @dangerousdanman @stylemeromy @nictrunfio @bambilegit @danielleragenard @ivanmbart (honorary Aussie)  @imgmodels @justinhemmes regram @stylemeromy

Come Dine With Me. @ciroccollective dinner at historic #ElizabethBayHouse with my Aussie crew @dangerousdanman @stylemeromy @nictrunfio @bambilegit @danielleragenard @ivanmbart (honorary Aussie) @imgmodels @justinhemmes regram @stylemeromy

1 week 3 days
In full swing! #maisonciroc #ciroccollective #elizabethbayhouse #sydney @dangerousdanman @bambilegit

In full swing! #maisonciroc #ciroccollective #elizabethbayhouse #sydney @dangerousdanman @bambilegit

1 week 3 days
#officeexcursion #elizabethbayhouse

#officeexcursion #elizabethbayhouse

1 week 3 days
The scene is set, we now wait the arrival of our lovely guests... #maisonciroc #ciroccollective #elizabethbayhouse #tonight

The scene is set, we now wait the arrival of our lovely guests... #maisonciroc #ciroccollective #elizabethbayhouse #tonight

1 week 3 days
Keyholder #officeexcursion #elizabethbayhouse

Keyholder #officeexcursion #elizabethbayhouse

1 week 3 days