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Calthorpes' House

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Very interesting!

Spent over an hour at Calthorpes' House and really enjoyed it. The staff were lovely and the guide... read more

Reviewed January 27, 2018
Christine A
Canberra, Australia
Passionate Staff!

The house itself was incredibly interesting! The staff (Helen particularly!) was very knowledgeable... read more

Reviewed January 23, 2018
Perth, Australia
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Calthorpes' House is a window into an almost forgotten world. Built in 1927, this genuine survivor is a treasure house of domestic history. A visit to Calthorpes' House will take you back to the time when the Calthorpe Family lived in the house...more
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24 Mugga Way, Canberra 2004, Australia
+61 2 6295 1945
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Reviewed August 19, 2018

is the type of living back in 1900.s pass it every day on way to paliment. is historic home of the 1900.s great to see as well as blundells cottage.

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Reviewed January 27, 2018

Spent over an hour at Calthorpes' House and really enjoyed it. The staff were lovely and the guide knew a lot about the history et cetera. Like stepping back in time inside and some things brought back a lot of memories for my elderly mother...More

Thank Christine A
Reviewed January 23, 2018

The house itself was incredibly interesting! The staff (Helen particularly!) was very knowledgeable and passionate! The house was gorgeous, well-preserved. Amazing to think that many items were originals from 1927! My only complaint and why it isn't 5 stars - the house is only open...More

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Reviewed November 7, 2017

We both Absolutely loved this house. What a history lesson and still with the original pieces of white goods in working order. Pull out the drawers in the bedroom set up as they would be in the 1920's and 30's. I absolutely congratulate Canberra for...More

Thank Mmaxine
Reviewed November 6, 2017

It is like a step back in time, beautifully furnished, original pieces, even clothing in the wardrobes and provisions in the kitchen drawers, such authenticity adds a wonderful touch. We had a very informative guide and had the time to explore fully, even to view...More

Thank Tassie-ite
Reviewed September 24, 2017 via mobile

Enjoyed our visit and tour of this amazing family home, complete with air raid shelter! The tour went for just on an hour and the guide provided a great insight into the lives of this family of four - the Calthorpes. No internal photography allowed...More

Thank Deborah S
Reviewed February 4, 2017

Calthorpes' House is a perfect time capsule of life in Canberra from the 1920's. The guides were knowledgeable and sent a strong heritage message by requiring visitors to wear blue booties. Just be aware that you can only enter the house through a tour and...More

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Reviewed October 30, 2016

I have lived in Canberra for 20 years and never made it a priority to visit this house. Happened to visit a friend in the neighborhood and popped in for a visit with kids. Interesting how the rich lived then.

1  Thank MrsJPedersen
Reviewed October 17, 2016

We are keen visitors of historic houses and buildings and were keen to visit all Canberra had to offer. Unfortunately NOWHERE was it advertised that they were open on weekends only. As we visited mid-week, we were disappointed. Even the Canberra Regional Tourist Information people...More

1  Thank mg22015
CBRMuseumandGallery, Front Office Manager at Calthorpes' House, responded to this reviewResponded October 20, 2016

Hi mg22015, We are sorry to hear that you were unable to visit Calthorpes House as planned during your recent visit to Canberra. Calthorpes’ House is open Saturday and Sunday 1-4pm. We make best efforts to promote our opening times through our brochures which are...More

Reviewed July 7, 2016

Great time capsule from a prominent family, very interesting and a lovely staff. Enjoyed the whole thing. Did you know that there are hidden credit card charges if you book with Trip Advisor, and no way to complain about them???

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Response from ChrisKenyon136 | Reviewed this property |
It is completely 'original' in that the house and its contents are just the way the house was left decades ago. As if the family left the house one morning and the house was cocooned for several decades. Also illustrates... More