All aflutter at Elizabeth Bay House

 

Alexander Macleay, for whom Elizabeth Bay House was built, amassed one of the largest private insect collections in the world and was especially fascinated by butterflies and moths (Lepidotera).

Alexander’s daughter Frances (Fanny) helped him with his collection. His son and nephew, both called William, carried it on, broadening it according to their own interests. Some of the original collection is still stored in Elizabeth Bay House today.

These school holidays, Elizabeth Bay House will be offering Children’s Science and Specimens Tours, highlighting the evidence of these elements of the Macleays' lives on display through the house.

Come in and get inspired by the weird and wonderful items on display, then drop by the craft space to examine insect specimens and design and make your very own butterfly to take home.

Elizabeth Bay House is open Friday to Sunday.

The Children’s Science and Specimens Tours will run at 11am and 2pm on every opening day during the school holidays, between Saturday 27 June and Sunday 12 June.  

The butterfly craft activity is free with museum entry, and available all day from 11am – 4pm (Friday to Sunday, school holidays). Bookings are not required.

About the Author

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Karina Wright
Visitor Services Officer
Karina's first experience with Sydney Living Museums was at the tender age of eight, when she was asked to squeeze prophylactic lemon juice...

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