Vaucluse House

Absconding with the silver

Why we recreated the butler's pantry at Vaucluse House along with a fascinating tale of 'light fingered' servants

Elizabeth Farm school holidays shoot
12 & 19 July, 10.30am

All in a day’s work at Vaucluse House

Join us for a hands-on workshop where kids will discover what life was like at Vaucluse House 170 years ago

13 July, 9:30AM - 19 July, 11:00AM
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Angel’s Trumpet (Brugmansia arborea) at Vaucluse House

Angel’s Trumpet (Brugmansia arborea) is a beautiful perennial shrub native to South America. It was introduced to the colony from Rio de Janeiro for its attractive trumpet flowers

Rogiera amoena
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As the seasons turn

As the seasons turn there are those plants we look out for, those changing leaf colours and flowers that punctuate the year and remind us that time is rolling on

Objects in storage at Vaucluse House.

Barcoding our collection

During the 2021 COVID lockdown, a team was busy working behind the scenes to implement technology that will improve how we manage our collections & make them more discoverable for our audiences

Pineapples fruiting at Vauclue House Kitchen Garden
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Beautiful & tasty

One of the stars of the kitchen garden is the pineapple plant (Ananas comosus), which do not fail to surprise and put a smile on our visitor’s faces

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Beautiful bountiful bamboo

One of the most recognisable plants growing at Museums of History NSW today is bamboo. This colourful plant has a long history in colonial gardens

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Billbergia nutans 'Queen's tears'

As it's bursting into bloom right now in MHNSW gardens, we are revisiting a bromeliad with the evocative name of ‘Queen’s tears’

Camellia sasanqua 'Rosea' - the mild pink Camellia with its contrasting yellow stamens at Vaucluse House
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Camellia blooms at Vaucluse House

With the autumn leaves still falling, winter is the time to come and see our large collection of stunning heritage camellias at Vaucluse House