Carisbrook House Museum


Carisbrook is Sydney’s only middle-class 1880s house museum. It is a wonderful contextual historical space where middle-class suburban life at the end of the nineteenth century comes alive. The house and garden provide an exciting glimpse of how Victorian Aussies lived on the North Shore before plumbing, electricity and all the other services were introduced.

Carisbrook houses a fine collection of period furnishings and appliances used by the average Victorian family in their everyday lives. The soft furnishings are faithful to the 1880s period. 

Below the courtyard is a vaulted sandstone cistern which once provided water for the house. This and other architectural features, show visitors how people can live without airconditioning and an ever-running tap. Young visitors especially, are fascinated when they realise that if they lived in this house there would be no computers, no television, no microwaves and, when they see the bedroom commode, no flushing toilets!

The crowning glory of Carisbrook is the gardens which roll down to the waters of Linley Cove and into a reserve. Everything at Carisbrook holds some interest–especially if you are a 19th century enthusiast or interested in antiques. 


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Getting There
334 Burns Bay Road
Lane Cove

Opening Hours

Sunday, Saturday
11:00 am to 4:00 pm
other times by appointment

Carisbrook Garden

Carisbrook House displays magnificent gardens and grounds that extend to Burns Bay connecting it to the river.