Long table setting outdoors under tree with house in background.

Surprising & unexpected event settings

Vaucluse House. Photo © Stuart Miller for Sydney Living Museums

Create an inspiring experience in an environment your guests never knew existed. With a portfolio of nine outstanding venues rich in historical, cultural and architectural significance, Sydney Living Museums has the finest collection of event locations in Sydney.

And within our properties there are charming, hidden spaces that will provide a breathtaking backdrop for your next special occasion. With imagination and the unique ‘access-all-areas’ opportunities within these historic properties, our experienced Venue Services team will help create a truly original experience for you and your guests.

Please note that hire of the following special event spaces is on application, and subject to event requirements and availability.


 

Event Spaces

Photo © Sydney Living Museums

Vaucluse House

Wentworth Road, Vaucluse

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. Over the next five decades, William and his wife Sarah developed Vaucluse House into a large and striking estate.

Grounds and exterior

The grounds of this beautiful 19th-century harbourside estate provide a tranquil, secluded setting for memorable dining experiences. Sit under the shade of a huge fig tree in the kitchen courtyard, or enjoy the just-picked fresh produce at a table in the kitchen garden. The mansion’s spacious sandstone verandah and internal colonnade courtyard can also be set up for private dining.

Little Drawing Room

This original 19th-century room seats up to 20 for lunch or dinner, and opens onto the sandstone verandah where guests can enjoy drinks overlooking the picturesque gardens and carriage loop.

Location and Parking

Photo © James Horan for Sydney Living Museums

Hyde Park Barracks Museum

Queens Square, Macquarie Street, Sydney

The Hyde Park Barracks is one of 11 Australian convict sites on the UNESCO World Heritage list.

Silhouette Gallery

Situated on level 3 of the museum, the impressive Silhouette Gallery has original wooden floors, an open fireplace and exposed ceiling beams. Conserved and reconstructed to convey how convicts experienced life in this room between 1819 and 1848, it is a dramatic setting for special events.

Greenway Gallery

Located on the ground floor of the barracks, this modern space originally housed 70 convicts in hammocks. It has been stylishly converted to create a wonderful gallery, featuring a floor illustrated with a historic map of Sydney. The Greenway Gallery is an atmospheric setting for special events.

Location and Parking

The Cellar, Elizabeth Bay House. Photo © Fresh Catering

Elizabeth Bay House

7 Onslow Avenue, Elizabeth Bay

With commanding views over Sydney Harbour, Elizabeth Bay House is one of the most splendid private houses ever built in Australia. Its elegant interior reveals the tastes and aspirations of its original owner, Alexander Macleay, an important public official in colonial Sydney.

The Cellar

The home’s original cellar is an atmospheric space with vaulted, beamed ceilings, beautiful sandstone walls and floors, and its own private courtyard. The cellar is a unique location with an intimate ambience for hosting special events by candlelight.

Location and Parking

Eat & Drink

We offer an exciting range of premium menus created by our on-site hospitality partners at each venue. Please contact our Venue Services Coordinator to discuss your food and beverage requirements:

T +61 2 8239 2288 or
venues@sydneylivingmuseums.com.au


 

Venue Services

Venue Services team

Sydney Living Museums provides you with a fully integrated service that can cater for all your event needs. A dedicated member of our Venue Services team will work closely with you to ensure a successful and memorable event for your guests.

Audiovisual

Sydney Living Museums provides a full in-house audiovisual service; please contact our Venue Services Coordinator to discuss your requirements.

Event suppliers

We are happy to assist you with any additional services for your event – please contact our Venue Services Coordinator for recommended suppliers.

Photo © Fresh Catering

Complimentary WiFi 

WiFi is provided for guests attending events at Sydney Living Museums' venues. 

GreenPower®

Sydney Living Museums are proud to offer 100% accredited GreenPower® across all event spaces. If you would like more information on minimising your event’s carbon footprint, please contact our Venue Services Coordinator.

Make the most of these unique venues

Give your delegates a fascinating behind-the-scenes perspective on the history of your chosen historic venue with a specialised curator-led tour. Please speak to our Venue Services team for more details.