Calthorpes' House

Calthorpes' House

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Visit Calthorpes' House and step back to life in early Canberra. Not far from the city centre, the Spanish Mission Style house was built in 1927 and is a window into an almost forgotten world. This genuine survivor is a treasure house of domestic history. Original furnishings, household appliances and photos all tell a vivid story of family life in Canberra's early days.

Don't miss the Second World War bomb shelter in the backyard.

  • Calthorpes' House exterior
    Calthorpes' House
  • a couplelooking into the entry to an air raid shelter
    Visitors can view the air-raid shelter large enough to house two families
  • An open suitcase containing a WWII gas mask
    House hole items, emergency supplies and personal items are on view
  • a book shelf filled with old publications
    Books and reading material from the mid 1900s still sit where they were kept so many years ago

DETAILS

OPENING HOURS

Weekends: 1 pm - 4 pm or by request for group bookings of 20 or more people

COSTS

Between $7.00 and $15.00
Adults: $7; Concession: $5; Family $15.

ACCESSIBILITY

Disabled access available, contact operator for details

Location

Calthorpes' House

24 Mugga Way, Red Hill, Australian Capital Territory, Australia

Features

Carpark

Non Smoking Establishment

Reviews

TripAdvisor traveller rating

BASED ON 31 REVIEWS

Ranked #84 of 223 things to do in Canberra on TripAdvisor

“Amazing house, but hard to access via public transport!”

Reviewed on 08/01/2020

The house is beautifully preserved, even though some items had to be replaced due to natural wear and tear over the years. The guides were very informative and answered all the questions the touring...

Review by

gwendolphyn

“Closed March 16 Better signage on Closure”

Reviewed on 16/03/2019

We saw Calthorpe signs all over the nearby areas driving by and went to a lot of trouble to return in Open Hours yesterday. Drove in at 1PM to find on roped off entry stairs a small sign advising...

Review by

POLLYANNA57

“Amazing Time Capsule”

Reviewed on 15/01/2019

This is a very original 1927 house with many layers of the one family who lived here for over 50 years. An amazing time capsule!

Review by

carton w

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