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

Next Open Friday 30 September

 
10AM - 4PM
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Entry

Adult  | $12 
Concession  | $8 
Family  | $30 
Members  | Free of charge
Children under 5 years  | Free of charge

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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The Latest At Elizabeth Bay House

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Children & Family

Spring school holiday funMonday 5 September 2016

School holidays are almost here, but don’t panic! We have some great ideas for you and your children.Children can join a tasting tour of Elizabeth Farm, discover bush tucker at Rouse Hill House ...

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Darkness and Light at Elizabeth Bay HouseWednesday 14 September 2016

As darkness fell last Friday evening, the staff at Elizabeth Bay House were dimming the lights, laying fires in the grates and lighting candles from attic to cellar in preparation for a nightlight tour.

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Volunteers

Museum Volunteer opportunity Friday 9 September 2016

Do you love interacting with people? Would you love to be a museum ambassador and gain hands-on experience in the museum environment? We’re looking for Museum Volunteers to join our team and play a role in engaging with visitors in our museums.

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Children & Family

Winter holiday funFriday 24 June 2016

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Colonial Gastronomy

Colonial Gastronomy: BreadTuesday 3 May 2016

Join colonial gastronomer Jacqui Newling and special guest presenter, artisan bread-maker Nonie Dwyer on 12 June to learn the principles of traditional bread making.

I am so excited about this bread making workshop with the wonderful Jacqui, @thecolonialgastronomer, for #sydneylivingmuseums. Come along if you're interested in hearing about traditional bread making methods and techniques in a gorgeous setting! Regram from @sydlivmus "Bread making was a domestic craft in many colonial households, from simple damper-style hearth breads to today's popular sourdoughs. 
On Sunday the 12th of June join colonial gastronomer Jacqui Newling and special guest presenter, artisan bread-maker Nonie Dwyer to learn the principles of traditional bread making, in the beautiful Elizabeth Bay House.
#elizabethbayhouse #slmfood 
More info: http://slm.is/makingbread"

I am so excited about this bread making workshop with the wonderful Jacqui, @thecolonialgastronomer, for #sydneylivingmuseums. Come along if you're interested in hearing about traditional bread making methods and techniques in a gorgeous setting! Regram from @sydlivmus "Bread making was a domestic craft in many colonial households, from simple damper-style hearth breads to today's popular sourdoughs. On Sunday the 12th of June join colonial gastronomer Jacqui Newling and special guest presenter, artisan bread-maker Nonie Dwyer to learn the principles of traditional bread making, in the beautiful Elizabeth Bay House. #elizabethbayhouse #slmfood More info: http://slm.is/makingbread"

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Bread making was a domestic craft in many colonial households, from simple damper-style hearth breads to today’s popular sourdoughs. 
On Sunday 12 June join colonial gastronomer Jacqui Newling and special guest presenter, artisan bread-maker Nonie Dwyer to learn the principles of traditional bread making, in the beautiful Elizabeth Bay House kitchen.

#ElizabethBayHouse  #slmfood 
More info: http://slm.is/makingbread

Bread making was a domestic craft in many colonial households, from simple damper-style hearth breads to today’s popular sourdoughs. On Sunday 12 June join colonial gastronomer Jacqui Newling and special guest presenter, artisan bread-maker Nonie Dwyer to learn the principles of traditional bread making, in the beautiful Elizabeth Bay House kitchen. #ElizabethBayHouse  #slmfood More info: http://slm.is/makingbread

3 months 3 weeks
Historic Elizabeth Bay House getting a little makeover. Right before the storm sets in. #elizabethbay #elizabethbayhouse #elizabethbaymarina #makeover #makeup #facelift #sexy #storm #rain #letterboxdropping #letter #work #realestatelife

Historic Elizabeth Bay House getting a little makeover. Right before the storm sets in. #elizabethbay #elizabethbayhouse #elizabethbaymarina #makeover #makeup #facelift #sexy #storm #rain #letterboxdropping #letter #work #realestatelife

3 months 3 weeks
Breakfast room at Elizabeth Bay House. One of the most historical houses in Sydney.

#Sydney #SydneyLivingMuseum #ElizabethBayHouse

Breakfast room at Elizabeth Bay House. One of the most historical houses in Sydney. #Sydney #SydneyLivingMuseum #ElizabethBayHouse

3 months 3 weeks
아 예뻐😊 #elizabethbayhouse#sydney#travel

아 예뻐😊 #elizabethbayhouse#sydney#travel

4 months 1 week
Another epic sunrise over the bay this Morning!! #elizabethbaylifestyle  #elizabethbay #elizabethbayhouse #elizabethbaylifestyle #sun #sunrise #sky #blue #may #nature #sydney #cool #chill

Another epic sunrise over the bay this Morning!! #elizabethbaylifestyle #elizabethbay #elizabethbayhouse #elizabethbaylifestyle #sun #sunrise #sky #blue #may #nature #sydney #cool #chill

4 months 1 week
Elizabeth Bay garden... it seems already ages ago. #elizabethbay #elizabethbayhouse #bestspotsydney #myfavplace #magicmoments #sydneyviews #orangesky

Elizabeth Bay garden... it seems already ages ago. #elizabethbay #elizabethbayhouse #bestspotsydney #myfavplace #magicmoments #sydneyviews #orangesky

4 months 1 week
Back at this grand old dame today #elizabethbayhouse #greekrevival #finesthouseinthecolony

Back at this grand old dame today #elizabethbayhouse #greekrevival #finesthouseinthecolony

4 months 2 weeks
ElizabethBaysick #sunrise #sunrisesydney #elizabethbayhouse #elizabethbaylifestyle #earlybirth #sydneysky #autumnsydney

ElizabethBaysick #sunrise #sunrisesydney #elizabethbayhouse #elizabethbaylifestyle #earlybirth #sydneysky #autumnsydney

4 months 2 weeks
What an amazing day at  #ElizabethBayHouse for the Sydney World Wide Instameet  #lifeonearthwwim13  there were so many amazing entries to win using the #tzroadtrip tag.  Thanks everyone for entering here is the third of three winners of the #lumixtz110! .
🎊🎉 @kemikulz 🎉🎊
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Big thanks to 
@sydneyfolk and @igerssydney
for putting on such an amazing event and letting us be part of it.

What an amazing day at #ElizabethBayHouse for the Sydney World Wide Instameet #lifeonearthwwim13 there were so many amazing entries to win using the #tzroadtrip tag. Thanks everyone for entering here is the third of three winners of the #lumixtz110! . 🎊🎉 @kemikulz 🎉🎊 . Big thanks to @sydneyfolk and @igerssydney for putting on such an amazing event and letting us be part of it.

4 months 3 weeks