Vaucluse House
Vaucluse House © Sydney Living Museums

Next Open Saturday 04 April

 
11AM - 4PM
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Entry

Adult $8

Child (under 15) / Concession $4

Family (two adults + two children) $17

Members free

Address

Wentworth Road, Vaucluse, NSW 2030

Phone

House: 02 9388 7922
Tearooms: 02 9388 8188
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Set within a once secluded valley on the edge of Sydney Harbour, Vaucluse House and its rambling garden estate are one of Sydney’s most picturesque harbourside attractions, with a history that tells one of the great family sagas of this city.

Watercolour painting of front of house and garden viewed from the north-east. Vaucluse, near Sydney Sept' 12 1874 by Frederick Leycester Fisher, 1874.

Vaucluse House is one of Sydney’s few 19th-century mansions still surrounded by its original gardens and wooded grounds. When the towering colonial explorer, barrister and politician William Charles Wentworth bought the house in 1827, it was a single-storey cottage in a secluded valley of partly cleared coastal scrub. In fits and starts over the next five decades, William and his wife Sarah developed Vaucluse into a large and picturesque estate. The grounds were extended and flourished to cover most of the present-day suburb of Vaucluse but the main house of the family’s dreams was left unfinished. In 1915 Vaucluse House became Australia’s first official house museum and continues to entice visitors to its lush and still secluded grounds.

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Volunteers

Museum Volunteer opportunity Wednesday 18 March 2015

Do you love interacting with people? Would you love to help share our historic places with the public? We’re looking for Museum Volunteers to join our team and play a role in leading guided tours and providing great customer service.

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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.

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Membership

Become a member this EasterWednesday 25 March 2015

Become a member today and help create childhood memories for tomorrow!

People in the hammocks at Hyde Park Barracks Museum

Australia Day

Australia Day 2014Friday 23 January 2015

Urns sit on decorative table at Vaucluse House

 

Solitary ShadeTuesday 30 December 2014

As part of a long tradition of engaging with contemporary artists and craftspeople, Sydney Living Museums is delighted to have hosted ceramicist Andrei Davidoff as artist-in-residence.

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Some of those who gathered for William Charles Wentworth’s funeral in 1873 imagined that one day the mausoleum at Vaucluse House would become a place of pilgrimage for Australians. Find out why.

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This Weekend
Friday 03 April 2015 - Sunday 05 April 2015

Sunday 5 April at 11:30am, 12:30pm, 1:30pm & 2:30pm
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In October 1831 the butler Joseph Kay, along with fellow convict servants, seized the Wentworths’ boat moored in Vaucluse Bay and fled with a handful of silverware and sacks of flour, sugar and tobacco from the family’s stores.

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Secret Garden on the way to #VaucluseHouse 
#Garden #birdbath #trees

Secret Garden on the way to #VaucluseHouse #Garden #birdbath #trees

1 hour 2 min
13 chickens and ducks away for the night in under a minute. Singlehanded. The goats barely knew what hit them. I was like a whirlwind of farming efficiency, and I just managed to catch the look on Casper's face as he realises he's been beaten by a superior being. #tuesdays #sydlivmus #vauclusehouse

13 chickens and ducks away for the night in under a minute. Singlehanded. The goats barely knew what hit them. I was like a whirlwind of farming efficiency, and I just managed to catch the look on Casper's face as he realises he's been beaten by a superior being. #tuesdays #sydlivmus #vauclusehouse

17 hours 12 min
Latergram for Katie & Lee's big day #miltonpark #bowralwedding #southerhighlands  #weddinginspo #weddingphotographer #sydney #sydneyphotographer #vauclusehouse #weddingflowers #married #happy #love #picoftheday #nikon #australia #latessaphotography @leebarnsley @katiebarnsley

Latergram for Katie & Lee's big day #miltonpark #bowralwedding #southerhighlands #weddinginspo #weddingphotographer #sydney #sydneyphotographer #vauclusehouse #weddingflowers #married #happy #love #picoftheday #nikon #australia #latessaphotography @leebarnsley @katiebarnsley

1 day 58 min
It's destiny.... #wedding  #weddinginspo #weddingphotographer #sydney #sydneyphotographer #vauclusehouse #weddingflowers #married #happy #love #picoftheday #nikon #australia #latessaphotography

It's destiny.... #wedding #weddinginspo #weddingphotographer #sydney #sydneyphotographer #vauclusehouse #weddingflowers #married #happy #love #picoftheday #nikon #australia #latessaphotography

1 day 16 hours
Yesterday's adventures at Vaucluse house #sydney #vauclusehouse #newdigs @acb1102 @ktutty

Yesterday's adventures at Vaucluse house #sydney #vauclusehouse #newdigs @acb1102 @ktutty

1 day 18 hours
Can't resist posting a shot of the work in progress. #liveart #weddingpainting #michaelaandhezie #vauclusehouse #davidasherbrook #liveweddingpainter

Can't resist posting a shot of the work in progress. #liveart #weddingpainting #michaelaandhezie #vauclusehouse #davidasherbrook #liveweddingpainter

2 days 15 hours
Live Art at the chuppa of Michaela and Hezie, happening right now. Beautiful couple, beautiful day, beautiful location, lots of love = perfect conditions for a painting! #liveart #vauclusehouse #lonepinelawn #teagardens #chuppa #weddingpainting #davidasherbrook

Live Art at the chuppa of Michaela and Hezie, happening right now. Beautiful couple, beautiful day, beautiful location, lots of love = perfect conditions for a painting! #liveart #vauclusehouse #lonepinelawn #teagardens #chuppa #weddingpainting #davidasherbrook

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#pleasuregarden #vauclusehouse #sydney #autumn #sundayfunday @stephkabrown @ktutty

#pleasuregarden #vauclusehouse #sydney #autumn #sundayfunday @stephkabrown @ktutty

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#sydlivmus #gourd #Sydney #vauclusehouse #stilllife

#sydlivmus #gourd #Sydney #vauclusehouse #stilllife

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