Ayers House Museum, Adelaide

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History Museum · Hidden Gem · Museum
Travel back in time at Ayers House Museum, the last surviving mansion of its era. Guided tours, which shed a rare light on the social history of the 19th century, recount the stories of the "upstairs" Ayers family and their servants living "below stairs." Originally occupied by Sir Henry Ayers, who served five terms as South Australia’s premier, an original nine-room brick house was transformed into a mansion in the 1860s. Constructed of local bluestone, the building is believed to have been designed by George Strickland Kingston, a prominent English engineer and architect. One of the first properties in the city to be fitted with gas lighting, the mansion often hosted official government meetings, parliamentary dinners, and grand balls. A visit to Ayers House Museum represents just the start of the adventure when you use our Adelaide journey builder tool to plot your vacation.
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  • This is a cute little museum just outside the C.B.D. of Adelaide, pretty easy to get to by public transport. It’s only open on weekends. We came on a quiet Sunday morning and we were virtually the...  more »
  • I always love visiting historic houses. Ayer's House is beautifully kept and full of interesting pieces. We had the place to ourselves which was lovely, getting to explore the house quietly. There...  more »
  • Wonderful to visit and hear about the history of a Victorian era house. Rosemary was our Guide and she was so knowledgeable and patience with us. Highly recommend a visit to see the house and meet the volunteers who work there.
  • A gorgeous property and a truly enjoyable historic house experience. Plenty of rooms to explore and cute immersive experiences for young and old. Will be back :)
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