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Ayers House Museum

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Address: 288 North Terrace, Adelaide, South Australia 5000, Australia
Phone Number:
+61 8 8223 1234
10:00 - 16:00
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Tue - Sun 10:00 - 16:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours

Ayers House Museum is a unique landmark and destination, the last grand...

Ayers House Museum is a unique landmark and destination, the last grand mansion from the nineteenth century in the city that is publicly accessible and one which boasts some of the finest architecture and painted decoration in Australia.

The museum provides an immersive experience of life in Victorian-era Adelaide with particular reference to the life and times of Sir Henry Ayers, five times Premier of South Australia, who built, furnished and decorated his family home to the highest standard. We present an active program of public events, exhibitions and special interest programming at Ayers House Museum.

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Lovely old building that you're allowed to wander through on your own. You can go down in the cellars as well as up to the bedrooms on the first floor. Gives you a great sense of... read more

Reviewed 10 March 2017
Stockport, United Kingdom
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Stockport, United Kingdom
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25 reviews
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Reviewed 10 March 2017

Lovely old building that you're allowed to wander through on your own. You can go down in the cellars as well as up to the bedrooms on the first floor. Gives you a great sense of the period. Good value at $10. A must see!

Thank PAG1614
Melbourne, Australia
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Reviewed 2 March 2017

This historic house is worth a wander round if you're interested in how the wealthy folks of Adelaide lived years ago. Unfortunately on the day I visited no tour guide was available (there are usually hourly tours) so I walked round alone. The friendly staff member on duty gave me some brief notes but a fuller explanation from a guide... More 

Thank mcpostrophe
Adelaide, Australia
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Reviewed 22 February 2017

This place has an excellent historical record of the early days of Adelaide and the families who figured prominently in its founding days. The place is much larger than first appears and teh displays have something for everyone.

Thank Ian_from_Adelaide_OZ
High Wycombe, England
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Reviewed 18 February 2017 via mobile

Ayers House sounded interesting from the guidebooks so we went along to take a look. We were offered our own personal guided tour - no waiting for any others to show up. Our guide then walked us round the house for the next thirty minutes, pointing out many features and including some of the history of the times, the house... More 

Thank malawi40
Adelaide, Australia
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Reviewed 9 February 2017

I visited this for an exhibition - I was so interested to see the house which I understand to have been the home of Henry Ayers who also had a summer residence on the front at Glenelg - seems to have original features - seems to have several rooms so good for a small exhibition

Thank Somerton2016
Adelaide, Australia
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Reviewed 23 December 2016

Sadly 1 of the poorest publicised exhibitions I have come across. Heard about its showing in Victoria and was lucky enough to literally stumble across it's Adelaide showing the day before it closed! So glad I did though as it was marvellous.The intricate detail in the garments was amazing. Disappointed though by the high price of attending what was really... More 

Thank Amanda T
Adelaide, Australia
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Reviewed 3 December 2016

National Trust has once again done a fantastic job of curating a dress exhibition - clothes designed by Marion Boyce from the Dressmaker movie. Ayers House showcased the exhibition. Cant wait for further showcases

Thank Ham61
Southern England
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Reviewed 28 November 2016 via mobile

Visited this house and found that the contents had largely been removed and there was an exhibition of costumes from The Dresser. This meant that National Trust members had to pay the exhibition admission to see the house instead of getting in for free. The decor of the house is quite impressive, but would recommend checking first if there is... More 

Thank LizaC-Medlar
Adelaide, Australia
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Reviewed 25 November 2016 via mobile

I went with friends from a sewing group we belong to. The exhibition was fantastic and the volunteers on hand explained about different aspects of the clothes on display. Ayers house is a perfect venue for this type of exhibition. It is a beautiful house that is well looked after and it takes you back to a by gone era.... More 

Thank kathyj1949
Seaton, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 23 November 2016

Ayers house was the home of Henry Ayer who was South Australian prime minister 7 times. When we visited the house contents had been removed to make way for an exhibition of costumes through the ages. While these were of some interest I would liked to have seen the house dressed with furniture of the era. Also there was no... More 

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