Vaucluse House. Photo © James Horan for Sydney Living Museums

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Entry

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

Address

Wentworth Road, Vaucluse, NSW 2030

Phone

House: 02 9388 7922
Tearooms: 02 9388 8188
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A spectacular refurbishment, new immersive experiences and self-guided audio tour; get closer than ever to the fascinating story of Vaucluse House. Find out more.

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. In 2015, Vaucluse House celebrated 100 years of being a museum

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The Latest At Vaucluse House

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Purple blossoms on vine growing on green verandah posts.

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Vaucluse House wisteria bursts into bloomTuesday 13 September 2016

Staff arrived at Vaucluse House yesterday morning to find that the iconic wisteria which covers the verandah had burst into a soft and fragrant riot of mauve against the warmer tones of the house.

Education

Churning the past at our house museumsWednesday 3 August 2016

Hand-operated kitchen tools such as butter churns help school students understand the hard work that once went into food preparation in the kitchens and the running of several of our house museums, including...

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Keeping out the cold at Vaucluse HouseTuesday 28 June 2016

In the wake of the icy weather Sydney has been shivering through this week, staff at Vaucluse House took advantage of a beautifully warm and sunny winter’s day to ‘winter’ the museum.

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The gardens and grounds at Vaucluse House are part of a grand and romantic vision of landscape, preserved in Sydney’s best-surviving mid-1800s estate. Discover the splendid pleasure garden, Victorian kitchen garden and idyllic natural setting on the edge of Sydney Harbour.

Stories from Vaucluse House

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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.