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

Next Open Friday 24 February

 
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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Children & Family

Summer school holiday funThursday 24 November 2016

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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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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.

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Creative explosion: Elizabeth Bay House InstameetWednesday 27 April 2016

Elizabeth Bay House was seen through a new lens on Sunday and shared with the world on Instagram thanks to a collaboration between @SydneyFolk, @IgersSydney and Sydney Living Museums.