Vaucluse House
Vaucluse House © Sydney Living Museums

Next Open Friday 06 March

 
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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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.

Christmas tree with baubles and gold and red wrapped presents, at the Vaucluse House drawing room

 

Deck the Halls – Christmas at Vaucluse House Wednesday 24 December 2014

The Drawing Room at Vaucluse House with its enormously high ceilings and bay windows cries out for a big Christmas tree and thanks to the Forestry Corporation of NSW, we have a beauty!

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Rocco Fazzari draws for SLMTuesday 16 December 2014

Sydney Living Museums has commissioned artist Rocco Fazzari to create a series of fine line drawings of the twelve museums in our portfolio.

Children with chickens in outdoor setting.

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Vacation Care groupsSunday 7 December 2014

Sydney Living Museums now offers tailored vacation care programs at Hyde Park Barracks Museum, Elizabeth Farm, Rouse Hill House & Farm, Vaucluse House, and Museum of Sydney.

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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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Tuesday 03 March 2015 - Thursday 02 April 2015

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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In the dairy room. Spent the day with my son and his year two class exploring the beautiful Vaucluse House. At any time I thought Mrs Patmore or Mr Carson might walk around the corner. Perhaps I have been watching too much Downton Abbey but I did love this little history lesson, each and every room a living museum full of enviable props! @sydlivmus #vauclusehouse #vaucluse #wentworth #thedairy #downtonabbey #sydney #museum #sydneyhistory #sydneylivingmuseums #newsouthwales

In the dairy room. Spent the day with my son and his year two class exploring the beautiful Vaucluse House. At any time I thought Mrs Patmore or Mr Carson might walk around the corner. Perhaps I have been watching too much Downton Abbey but I did love this little history lesson, each and every room a living museum full of enviable props! @sydlivmus #vauclusehouse #vaucluse #wentworth #thedairy #downtonabbey #sydney #museum #sydneyhistory #sydneylivingmuseums #newsouthwales

2 hours 25 min
Good morning from Vaucluse House Crocosmia x crocosmiiflora #vauclusehouse #SLMgardens @sydlivmus

Good morning from Vaucluse House Crocosmia x crocosmiiflora #vauclusehouse #SLMgardens @sydlivmus

4 hours 45 min
Ismene x deflexa (Syn Hymenocallis festalis) in the Pleasure Garden at Vaucluse House #vauclusehouse #SLMgardens @sydlivmus

Ismene x deflexa (Syn Hymenocallis festalis) in the Pleasure Garden at Vaucluse House #vauclusehouse #SLMgardens @sydlivmus

1 day 17 hours
Congratulations Sunny & Gen 👰👦 what a beautiful wedding #weddings #sunnyandgen #vauclusehouse 1.march.2015

Congratulations Sunny & Gen 👰👦 what a beautiful wedding #weddings #sunnyandgen #vauclusehouse 1.march.2015

1 day 22 hours
Clerodendrum thomsoniae in the Pleasure Garden at Vaucluse House #vauclusehouse #SLMgardens @sydlivmus

Clerodendrum thomsoniae in the Pleasure Garden at Vaucluse House #vauclusehouse #SLMgardens @sydlivmus

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Congratulations to Mr and Mrs Cai xxx #wedding #vauclusehouse #justmarried

Congratulations to Mr and Mrs Cai xxx #wedding #vauclusehouse #justmarried

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Like what are you wearing? Your outfit is like totes amazing!
#actionshot #accidentalbitchfaces #weloveeachother #sisters 😄😊 #vauclusehouse #engagement

Like what are you wearing? Your outfit is like totes amazing! #actionshot #accidentalbitchfaces #weloveeachother #sisters 😄😊 #vauclusehouse #engagement

1 day 23 hours
Poppy & Nathan's #engagement #vauclusehouse #hightea #lovelovelove 💛💙💍💒💐

Poppy & Nathan's #engagement #vauclusehouse #hightea #lovelovelove 💛💙💍💒💐

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Popi's Engagement 💍 #sister #vauclusehouse #hightea @alexxmills

Popi's Engagement 💍 #sister #vauclusehouse #hightea @alexxmills

2 days 22 hours
The pretty ceremony we styled for Shannon and Christian's wedding at Vaucluse House on the weekend x #vauclusehouse #lonepinelawn #ceremonystyling #ceremonystylist #weddingstylist #weddingstyling #styledbyher

The pretty ceremony we styled for Shannon and Christian's wedding at Vaucluse House on the weekend x #vauclusehouse #lonepinelawn #ceremonystyling #ceremonystylist #weddingstylist #weddingstyling #styledbyher

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