The David Roche Foundation House Museum

The David Roche Foundation House Museum

The David Roche Foundation House Museum
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10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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The David Roche Foundation was established in 1999 by the late Mr David J Roche AM (1930-2013) to be the recipient and custodian of the exceptional collection of antiques, paintings and objets d’art accumulated by him over his lifetime and to be preserved for future generations. The magnificent pieces contained in the collection, particularly those from past centuries, are presented in an opulent manner, reminiscent of how David lived in Fermoy House. Over a lifetime, David Roche assembled one of the greatest private decorative arts collections in Australia. It was his wish that the collection and his home be made available to the public in his beloved hometown of Adelaide. The adjoining gallery building houses changing exhibitions which display aspects of the collection. Guided Tour of Fermoy House (includes entry into the exhibition) - $20 Full Price/$17 Concession Price Not suitable for under 12's Exhibition Entry Only - Price varies per exhibition
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  • Judy J
    Sydney, Australia512 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Top Experience
    This Museum plus House Museum is a "must-do" for anyone visiting Adelaide. The House, which was David Roche's private home, is just mind blowing and has to be seen to be believed. His collection is phenomenal. Thank you Robert for taking time out of your busy schedule to show us around. Then there is the Museum which was purpose built and connects with the House. The current Exhibiition - Wedgwood - Master Potter to the Universe is worth a visit on its own. A beautifully laid out array of Wedgwood from across the centuries of production. It is a feast for the eyes.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 5 October 2023
  • Robert D
    2,726 contributions
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    Amazing house museum
    I enjoyed my tour of the David Roche House in North Adelaide. You need to book the tour in advance. David Roche lived in this house from 1954 until his death in 2013. He wanted it to be accessible to the public and it was opened as a museum in 2016. You can see how he lived by looking at the opulent furnishings. The tour starts with an introductory video. Then a guide shows us the various rooms. The Russian Room features a table with a picture of Bacchus (the Greek God of wine-making) that has a 3D effect. (The design on this table is the symbol of the foundation that administers the museum.) There was also an exhibition hall. The current exhibit is "Wedgwood: Master Potter to the Universe". You can see many products made in the Wedgwood Factory, including pieces that relate to Australia.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 5 December 2023
  • JSmith7
    18 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Outstanding collection of art and furniture
    A very impressive collection of art works of international standard, lead by an extremely knowledgeable guide. The entry price was very reasonable. It should be better known by locals and a must for art loving visitors.
    Visited March 2024
    Travelled with friends
    Written 15 March 2024
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JSmith7
Adelaide18 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Friends
A very impressive collection of art works of international standard, lead by an extremely knowledgeable guide. The entry price was very reasonable. It should be better known by locals and a must for art loving visitors.
Written 15 March 2024
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Robert D
Brooklyn, New York2,726 contributions
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Oct 2023 • Solo
I enjoyed my tour of the David Roche House in North Adelaide. You need to book the tour in advance. David Roche lived in this house from 1954 until his death in 2013. He wanted it to be accessible to the public and it was opened as a museum in 2016. You can see how he lived by looking at the opulent furnishings. The tour starts with an introductory video. Then a guide shows us the various rooms. The Russian Room features a table with a picture of Bacchus (the Greek God of wine-making) that has a 3D effect. (The design on this table is the symbol of the foundation that administers the museum.)

There was also an exhibition hall. The current exhibit is "Wedgwood: Master Potter to the Universe". You can see many products made in the Wedgwood Factory, including pieces that relate to Australia.
Written 5 December 2023
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Judy J
Sydney, Australia512 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Family
This Museum plus House Museum is a "must-do" for anyone visiting Adelaide. The House, which was David Roche's private home, is just mind blowing and has to be seen to be believed. His collection is phenomenal. Thank you Robert for taking time out of your busy schedule to show us around.
Then there is the Museum which was purpose built and connects with the House. The current Exhibiition - Wedgwood - Master Potter to the Universe is worth a visit on its own. A beautifully laid out array of Wedgwood from across the centuries of production. It is a feast for the eyes.
Written 5 October 2023
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glentro
Darwin, Australia121 contributions
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Nov 2022 • Solo
You shouldn’t miss this wonderful house with its priceless eclectic collection of such amazing pieces. Jo our guide was incredible with her encyclopaedic knowledge of every of the tens of thousands of objects in the house. With porcelain paintings furniture chandeliers faberge pieces and even princess Margaret’s fan. You will find something that will have you shaking your head at the quality Or history begin it.
Written 25 November 2022
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Murray P
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Aug 2022
Art snobs think it is great, but it bored me to tears.
He may have left all his art work to "the foundation" but that does not make him a philanthropist. Creating a foundation in his own name to show off his collection is, in my opinion, self indulgent.
A pity the whole collections is not sold and the money used for something useful.
Written 30 August 2022
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RRB2389
Melbourne, Australia62 contributions
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June 2022
This is an absolute must to visit in Adelaide. The collection is amazing both for its quality and its diversity. Tours are limited because the premises are so crowded that only small groups can be accommodated, and pre-booking is essential. Well worth visiting, not to be missed!
Written 30 June 2022
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Qplum60
Chantilly, VA7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2022 • Couples
A must see if visiting Adeaide for more than 2 days... and why wouldn't you? It is a beautiful city, full of fun and friendly people. This home/museum is full of beautiful and interesting collections of furniture, art and collectables. Jo was a mgnificent guide.... I cannot imagine how she is able to retain all the interesting and fun details she shared with us!
Written 3 March 2022
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750rich11
Adelaide, Australia17 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2022
We really enjoyed our recent tour of this fascinating collection of art and antiques, our second tour after an interval of some years. This extensive collection of clocks, paintings, furniture and other antiques strongly reflects the personality and interests of of the collector, David Roche, and the tour guide, who knew Mr. Roche well, really brought the collection to life. Helpful and welcoming staff. The temporary exhibition was also well worth seeing. A very rewarding visit.
Written 1 February 2022
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Greggggg123
125 contributions
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June 2021
Sort of stumbled upon this home with all of its artefacts. Make sure to book online, as they don't do walk-in tours. David Roche was a man with a lot of money who had the joy of travelling the world and buying up many pieces for his ever expanding collection. The home isn't particularly big but every room has a different theme and is chock full of priceless pieces. Since his death, they have obviously spent a lot of money on the exhibition hall extension and facilities. I did notice a huge amount of staff, and am secretly hoping most of them are volunteers, as I couldn't see a need for most of them, nor could I imagine the funds to pay them being limitless. Also, our tour group was 6 people and that seemed quite stuffy as the house and rooms are quite small. A tour group of 10 or more would be a nightmare.
Written 19 July 2021
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janeblogs
World250 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
June 2021
The David Roche Collection is a very eclectic museum located in Mr Roche's own home in Adelaide. In addition to the house there is also an exhibition space which has ongoing exhibitions. To view the house one needs to book a tour which is very interesting and the guide, who had worked for Mr Roche was so knowledgeable & amusing about every piece so really brought it all to life. I think its a little parochial to feel that one can only view the house on a guided tour. There are many more important and valuable collections around the world that allow visitors especially paying visitors to wander at ones own pace & perhaps the DRF could eventually consider the same. It would also mean that one could visit the museum in a shorter time period. Having said that, this is a wonderful collection to enjoy.
Written 14 July 2021
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