Elizabeth Bay House
Front facade, Onslow Avenue, Elizabeth Bay House. Photograph © Haley Richardson and Stuart Miller for Sydney Living Museums

Next Open Friday 12 February

 
10AM - 4PM
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Entry

Adult $8

Child (5 - 15)/ Concession $4

Under 5s free

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.

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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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Celebrate Australia DayMonday 4 January 2016

Enjoy general entry at concession price to a selection of our historic houses and museums, experience a musical installation and help build a giant LEGO® cruise ship all on Australia Day.Build a LEGO

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Christmas

Season's greetingsThursday 24 December 2015

We wish you all a restful and joy-filled Christmas and New Year, with your friends and families.Warm regardsMark GogginExecutive DirectorSydney...

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Children & Family

Summer holiday opening hoursThursday 17 December 2015

We’re making the most of the summer holidays with extended opening hours at many of our museums and historic houses. There are plenty of exhibitions, events and tours on offer too.

Family fun these school holidays

School holidays

Summer holiday funThursday 19 November 2015

Take a kid-friendly tour of a house museum, taste some food, keep cool with your own handmade fan, build a bush hut or even make a claymation video these school holidays at our houses and museums.

Eat your history – the book!

The Cook and the Curator

Eat your history – the book!Thursday 5 November 2015

Like a bit of Mayhem? Step back in time to 1945 this Saturday eve at Elizabeth Bay House.. It'll be the cat's meow!! For the chance to win a double pass valued at $150 join our mailing list @grand_days @sydlivmus #mayhemsydney #granddays #vintage #vintagestyle #1945 #elizabethbayhouse #elizabethbay  #dressups

Like a bit of Mayhem? Step back in time to 1945 this Saturday eve at Elizabeth Bay House.. It'll be the cat's meow!! For the chance to win a double pass valued at $150 join our mailing list @grand_days @sydlivmus #mayhemsydney #granddays #vintage #vintagestyle #1945 #elizabethbayhouse #elizabethbay #dressups

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