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

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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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The Latest At Elizabeth Bay House

Jenny (left) supporting an event at Vaucluse House with fellow volunteer Mary

 

Celebrating our volunteersWednesday 13 May 2015

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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

New online

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.

Elizabeth Bay House on Instagram

On the blog: my outfit for the #30smasquerade theme #mayhemsydney ball - link in profile! 1930s dress and fur from @deargolden #mouton #fur #glamorous #imtoocurvyforthe30s #artdeco #elizabethbayhouse #mayhemball

On the blog: my outfit for the #30smasquerade theme #mayhemsydney ball - link in profile! 1930s dress and fur from @deargolden #mouton #fur #glamorous #imtoocurvyforthe30s #artdeco #elizabethbayhouse #mayhemball

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Good morning Sydney #hibiscus #orange #elizabethbayhouse

Good morning Sydney #hibiscus #orange #elizabethbayhouse

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A glorious Saturday for open homes ☀️
#lspp #laingsimmonspottspoint #pottspoint #elizabethbay #saturday #ofi #realestate #property #surryhills #elizabethbayhouse #onslowavenue #harbour #bluesky #sunny #sydney #mcelhonereserve #silviavitale

A glorious Saturday for open homes ☀️ #lspp #laingsimmonspottspoint #pottspoint #elizabethbay #saturday #ofi #realestate #property #surryhills #elizabethbayhouse #onslowavenue #harbour #bluesky #sunny #sydney #mcelhonereserve #silviavitale

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Mild-mannered arts administrators by day, these fearless masked crusaders swoop down onto the city by night throwing lavish parties and liberating citizens from the crutches of tedium. Or so I like to tell myself. #thefestivalists #mayhemsyd #mayhemslm photo by @diaboliqued at #elizabethbayhouse

Mild-mannered arts administrators by day, these fearless masked crusaders swoop down onto the city by night throwing lavish parties and liberating citizens from the crutches of tedium. Or so I like to tell myself. #thefestivalists #mayhemsyd #mayhemslm photo by @diaboliqued at #elizabethbayhouse

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Just your casual house warming ball! #elizabethbayhouse #elizabethianbay #mayhem #ball #fancy #classy #icanlivehereright @elizabethbayhouse @sydneylivingmuseums

Just your casual house warming ball! #elizabethbayhouse #elizabethianbay #mayhem #ball #fancy #classy #icanlivehereright @elizabethbayhouse @sydneylivingmuseums

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Congrats @karinalibbey for an amazing #MayhemSLM & a special thank you to @jumpinjimbobones for his lighting/production/everything skills! You guys rock! #elizabethbayhouse @sydlivmus

Congrats @karinalibbey for an amazing #MayhemSLM & a special thank you to @jumpinjimbobones for his lighting/production/everything skills! You guys rock! #elizabethbayhouse @sydlivmus

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Mighty fine night with my dearest @awildteaparty and Sal!! #mayhem #mayhem2015 #sydlivmus #elizabethbayhouse #1930s

Mighty fine night with my dearest @awildteaparty and Sal!! #mayhem #mayhem2015 #sydlivmus #elizabethbayhouse #1930s

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For our first date I took @iddavanmunster to a ball. I'm classy like that. Wearing @raleighvintage dress and @luna_market necklace. @sydlivmus #mayhem #mayhem2015 #sydlivmus #elizabethbayhouse

For our first date I took @iddavanmunster to a ball. I'm classy like that. Wearing @raleighvintage dress and @luna_market necklace. @sydlivmus #mayhem #mayhem2015 #sydlivmus #elizabethbayhouse

1 week 6 days