Elizabeth Bay House
Looking out window, Elizabeth Bay House. Photograph © Haley Richardson and Stuart Miller for Sydney Living Museums

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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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Membership

Members program announcedWednesday 8 October 2014

Sydney Living Museums has unveiled a generous new membership program offering exclusive benefits across its portfolio of 12 of the most important historic houses, gardens and museums in New South Wales.

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Performance

Armchair Apocalypse comes to Elizabeth Bay HouseFriday 19 September 2014

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Home + Architecture

Curtains, cushions, tassels and table runnersTuesday 26 August 2014

Drop in to Elizabeth Bay House to see our volunteer soft furnishings group in action and look at what is being created for our house museums and programs.

Guide Karl and guest looking into the breakfast room, Elizabeth Bay House Sydney

 

By the light of a candleFriday 4 July 2014

With shutters drawn, lights switched off and iPhones hidden away, guests at Elizabeth Bay House were transported back to a time before the convenience of electricity. In the...

Sunrise at Elizabeth Bay House

 

Perfect conditions for solstice breakfastMonday 23 June 2014

While the view from Elizabeth Bay House is always fantastic, at winter...

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See Elizabeth Bay House by candlelight

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Today's studio 📷 @marguerite_lorraine @brookesimonestyling @iamjesseboag @luccikissmakeup @fionamurchison  #Elizabethbayhouse

Today's studio 📷 @marguerite_lorraine @brookesimonestyling @iamjesseboag @luccikissmakeup @fionamurchison #Elizabethbayhouse

22 hours 55 min
Note book on the writing desk #ElizabethBayHouse #behindthevelvetrope

Note book on the writing desk #ElizabethBayHouse #behindthevelvetrope

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Emblem of Innocence - stud work pin cushion @sydlivmus #ElizabethBayHouse #behindthevelvetropes

Emblem of Innocence - stud work pin cushion @sydlivmus #ElizabethBayHouse #behindthevelvetropes

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Stunning couple and absolutely stunning wedding day❤️

Stunning couple and absolutely stunning wedding day❤️

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Standing on the threshold. #elizabethbayhouse

Standing on the threshold. #elizabethbayhouse

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Visiting Elizabeth Bay House. Love the dome ceiling.... #elizabethbayhouse #colonialstyle #beauty #macleayfamily #youngcountry #history #architecture

Visiting Elizabeth Bay House. Love the dome ceiling.... #elizabethbayhouse #colonialstyle #beauty #macleayfamily #youngcountry #history #architecture

1 week 1 day
Unlocking the 'office' was actually the highlight of my morning #ElizabethBayHouse

Unlocking the 'office' was actually the highlight of my morning #ElizabethBayHouse

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Susanne and Ron Shipton were married here at #elizabethbayhouse 17 years ago today. Here they are enjoying High Tea. Thank you so much for coming!

Susanne and Ron Shipton were married here at #elizabethbayhouse 17 years ago today. Here they are enjoying High Tea. Thank you so much for coming!

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Honey, I'm home! @sydlivmus #elizabethbayhouse #sydney #historic

Honey, I'm home! @sydlivmus #elizabethbayhouse #sydney #historic

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