Elizabeth Bay
House

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, of riches to ruin.

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

Next open Sunday 22 May

10am–4pm

Entry

Adult  | $15 
Concession  | $12 
Family*  | $38 
Members  | Free of charge
Children under 5 years  | Free of charge

*2 adults & 2 children or 1 adult & 3 children
 

Address

7 Onslow Avenue, Elizabeth Bay, NSW 2011

Phone

+61 2 9356 3022
Closeup of glass case with colourful butterflies pinned inside it. Elizabeth Bay House.

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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Foundation

A Spirited PerformanceTuesday 22 March 2022

Thanks to a generous Australian Research Council Grant Sydney Living Museums donors experienced the rare privilege of a colonial music concert held in Elizabeth Bay House.

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Summer 2022 opening hoursMonday 6 December 2021

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Membership

Exclusive Member EventsWednesday 21 April 2021

We’re delighted to offer members a selection of special events at Elizabeth Bay House.Members will have exclusive access to view

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Media release

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