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Ayers House Museum

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

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... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 weeks ago
Amanda T
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Adelaide, Australia
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Adelaide, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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 

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Adelaide, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles 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

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Thank Ham61
Southern England
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3 of 5 bubbles 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 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 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 

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Thank kathyj1949
Seaton, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles 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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Thank Paul A
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 November 2016 via mobile

This historic house is I'm afraid distinctly average. Somewhat dowdy / dull compared with premium attraction equivalents. It's also A$ 18-20 per person and way overpriced. Plenty of other places to visit first.

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Thank Mike T
Adelaide, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 November 2016

Ayers house is an interesting historical venue, run by volunteers and kept in impeccable condition. They have a range of displays i recently visieted teh Dressmaker Movie Costume display. they also have high tea and various areas for hosting events and parties. located on North Terrace and easily accessed by public transport. It is also close to the East end... More 

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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 October 2016

My sister & I took our 90 year old mother to Ayers house to see the Dressmaker exhibition. .We dropped our mother off at the front door & my sister went to park the car in the carpark on the grounds. While I was looking for coins for the meter there,a man came & put a chain across the entrance/exit... More 

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ayershouse, Public Relations Manager at Ayers House Museum, responded to this review

Hi RalphSpain, We’re sorry to hear that was your experience. The car park adjacent to Ayers House is divided into a public ticketed area and a private section which is used by both Ayers House Museum staff and other tenants co-located on the site, which can unfortunately cause some confusion. We sincerely appreciate your feedback and recently clearer signage was... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 October 2016

We visited Ayers House whilst The Dressmaker costume exhibition was on display. It appears we did not see all of the house when I read through others reviews? The areas of the house we did see were stunning and the costume exhibition was well suited to these surroundings. We bought the guide book of the house and that is well... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 September 2016

Visited to see The Dressmaker exhibition of costumes - fabulous venue and well presented glamour. Two floors of stunning gowns and hats. A few well placed media clips added to the atmosphere - a small area where you can try on a hat for photos. Beautiful and creative designs.

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