Open today

10am–4pm
  • Wheelchair Accessible

Entry

Adult  | $12 
Concession  | $8 
Family  | $30 
Members  | Free of charge
Children under 5 years  | Free of charge

Tearooms open on weekends

Address

70 Alice Street, Rosehill, NSW 2142

Phone

+61 2 9635 9488
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In 1810 John Macarthur wrote to his wife Elizabeth: ‘I am perfectly aware, my beloved wife, of the difficulties you have to contend with.’ The comment was by no account an understatement.

Detail of a painting of Elizabeth Farm from a distance. Romanticised painting of Elizabeth Farm by Joseph Lycett. This was based on sketches and his memories and painted on his return to England.

This restful homestead hides a dark and stormy past. Built for the young military couple John and Elizabeth Macarthur and their growing family, Elizabeth Farm has witnessed major events in the growth of the colony, from the toppling of governors and convict rebellion to the birth of the Australian wool industry. As the original cottage was transformed into a fine colonial bungalow, the family’s life was equally gripped with turmoil and drama. Today, set within a re-created 1830s garden, Elizabeth Farm is an ‘access all areas’ museum. There are no barriers, locked doors, delicate furnishings or untouchable ornaments. Australia’s oldest homestead is now our most hands-on ‘living’ house museum.

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News from Elizabeth Farm

Two images combined into one - left showing subject as student dressed in convict clothing and right showing subject as teacher.

Education

Experiencing Elizabeth Farm: as a student, then as a teacherTuesday 5 June 2018

Did you visit one of our museums when you were at school? We’d love to see your photos.

Child feeding animal over wooden fence.

School holidays

Autumn School Holidays 2018: opening hoursMonday 19 March 2018

Cropped black and white photo of woman in mutton-chop sleeves with hands behind her head in a cane chair outdoors.

International Women's Day

Women's stories, women's livesWednesday 7 March 2018

To celebrate International Women's Day, we've brought together some of the stories of the lives of women associated with our houses, our exhibitions and our collections.

Two people holding up an eel.

Media release

Media release: Eel Festival 2018Thursday 22 February 2018

Woman and man in wedding outfits in sandstone courtyard.

Weddings

A wedding in the gardenTuesday 6 February 2018

By the early 1800s Sydney was a bustling trading port. Keen to stake a claim in the developing trade with China, in 1808 John Macarthur sent his nephew Hannibal to Canton with a cargo of sandalwood, hoping to bankroll the import of valuable Chinese goods to Sydney.