Elizabeth Bay House
Saloon staircase, 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

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7 Onslow Avenue, Elizabeth Bay, NSW 2011

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+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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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.

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Recreating the Salon experienceThursday 13 November 2014

Imagine it’s 1850. You’re sitting in the opulent drawing room of Vaucluse House listening to a quartet entertain you with popular tunes from Bach, Schubert and Mozart. You are so close you can see the...

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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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Moving out of my hostel and into the #ElizabethBayHouse 😉👑

Moving out of my hostel and into the #ElizabethBayHouse 😉👑

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It's the next bit, when you get to look up, that's the heart flutter... I can't ruin the surprise in case you haven't seen it. #elizabethbayhouse #johnverge

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In 1835 colonial secretary Alexander Macleay set about building the ultimate trophy house, a shimmering, classical styled jewel box, perched in rugged bushland on the northern side of present day Potts Point, high above Elizabeth Bay with majestic views across Sydney harbour and beyond. 
The view has changed a lot since then – but the sentiment remains the same.

Discover more about #ElizabethBayHouse here:
http://slm.is/elizabethbayhouse 
Image: © Stuart Miller, and Haley  Richardson

In 1835 colonial secretary Alexander Macleay set about building the ultimate trophy house, a shimmering, classical styled jewel box, perched in rugged bushland on the northern side of present day Potts Point, high above Elizabeth Bay with majestic views across Sydney harbour and beyond. The view has changed a lot since then – but the sentiment remains the same. Discover more about #ElizabethBayHouse here: http://slm.is/elizabethbayhouse Image: © Stuart Miller, and Haley Richardson

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Bright blooms on an otherwise dull old day #belladonna #bougainvillea #elizabethbayhouse #historichouses #sydneylocal #sydney #georgian #architecture

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