Elizabeth Bay House
Elizabeth Bay House. Photograph © Nicholas Watt for Sydney Living Museums

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11AM - 4PM
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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.

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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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New online

Hirsute heritage and facial fashionsWednesday 19 November 2014

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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Events

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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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.

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See Elizabeth Bay House by candlelight

Elizabeth Bay House on Instagram

Colour on the walls 🔵💎 #elizabethbay #elizabethbayhouse  #sydney #vscocam

Colour on the walls 🔵💎 #elizabethbay #elizabethbayhouse #sydney #vscocam

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View from the "office" today #elizabethbayhouse

View from the "office" today #elizabethbayhouse

5 days 1 hour
The interior in this house is absolutely incredible 👀👀
#sydney #elizabethbayhouse

The interior in this house is absolutely incredible 👀👀 #sydney #elizabethbayhouse

5 days 3 hours
I woke up like this baby. Perhaps. 🙈🙈 #sydney #elizabethbayhouse

I woke up like this baby. Perhaps. 🙈🙈 #sydney #elizabethbayhouse

5 days 23 hours
Too good. 🏤 #elizabethbayhouse #elizabethbay #sydney #livingmuseum #vscocam

Too good. 🏤 #elizabethbayhouse #elizabethbay #sydney #livingmuseum #vscocam

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I'm amazed by the view of this dining room 😬😬
#sydney #elizabethbayhouse

I'm amazed by the view of this dining room 😬😬 #sydney #elizabethbayhouse

6 days 4 hours
It was a #beautifulday in #Sydney yesterday & we showed our Dutch #family a few #treasures hidden in this great city. #mcelhonereserve #elizabethbayhouse #lizzybay #bethybay #ouroldhood #feelslikehome

It was a #beautifulday in #Sydney yesterday & we showed our Dutch #family a few #treasures hidden in this great city. #mcelhonereserve #elizabethbayhouse #lizzybay #bethybay #ouroldhood #feelslikehome

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Spending my Sunday at Elizabeth Bay House 👀👀
#sydney #elizabethbayhouse

Spending my Sunday at Elizabeth Bay House 👀👀 #sydney #elizabethbayhouse

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The ghosts of the Macleay Family have company tonight. Love to see the old place so alive. I had my wedding reception here and feel so connected to this place. Did you know that the front gates of the original Elizabeth Bay House were actually all the way back to the Kings Cross El Alamein Fountain!? Big driveway and cheaper Sydney real estate back in the 1800's  #historichouses #elizabethbayhouse #sameasiteverwas #sydneylocal #sydney

The ghosts of the Macleay Family have company tonight. Love to see the old place so alive. I had my wedding reception here and feel so connected to this place. Did you know that the front gates of the original Elizabeth Bay House were actually all the way back to the Kings Cross El Alamein Fountain!? Big driveway and cheaper Sydney real estate back in the 1800's #historichouses #elizabethbayhouse #sameasiteverwas #sydneylocal #sydney

1 week 1 day
The House plays host and is all lit up tonight.  I love living with this #historichouse in my neighbourhood . So much history right on our doorstep!  #elizabethbayhouse @cityofsydney #historichouses #alexandermacleay

The House plays host and is all lit up tonight. I love living with this #historichouse in my neighbourhood . So much history right on our doorstep! #elizabethbayhouse @cityofsydney #historichouses #alexandermacleay

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