Calthorpes’ House

Calthorpes’ House is a window into an almost forgotten world. Built in 1927, this genuine survivor is a treasure house of domestic history


24 Mugga Way
Red Hill

Opening hours

Saturday and Sunday 1pm—4pm

Guided tours of the gardens available

House closed due to COVID restrictions

Guided tours at 1pm, 1.45pm, 2.30pm, 3.15pm 




A visit to Calthorpes’ House will take you back to the time when the Calthorpe Family lived in the house.

Original furnishings, household appliances and photos reflect the fashionable ideal of style and taste in the middle class Australian home of the late 1920s.

Calthorpes’ House offers a range of popular community programs and learning programs throughout the year.

Due to COVID restrictions, we are offering FREE garden tours at Calthorpes’ House. Please note that tour groups numbers are restricted due to COVID. If we are unable to accommodate you immediately we thank you for your patience in waiting for the next tour. We are unable to allow visitors inside the house at this present time.

You can also experience the house online via our Google Cultural Institute page.

Read more about Calthorpes’ House here...

In 2017, Calthorpes’ House celebrated its 90th Birthday. Along with the usual festivities, a small film was produced to provide a glimpse into the life of the Calthorpes’ family as told by Dawn Waterhouse, nee Calthorpe. Dawn fondly recalls her time growing up in the family home, playing with the neighbourhood children in their garden, cooking potatoes in their Cubby House stove and climbing trees in their back yard, Red Hill. Horse rides, drain pipes, mud pies and dress ups were the norm for Dawn who laments how different childhood games were to many of the games (or devices) played today.

This production was funded through the generous support of Ms Louise Douglas, Chair, Cultural Facilities Board. Thanks also to Alex Sloan, former ABC journalist and Board member, for her time and expertise in interviewing Mrs Waterhouse.

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Contact us
02 6237 6500


Bring Calthorpes' House to life, with this 30 minute tour of the beautiful garden, learning about 20th century life in Canberra.
Tours run every weekend, (on both Saturday and Sunday) at 1pm, 1.45pm, 2.30pm and 3.15pm

Group Tours

Group tours are available by appointment at all of our three sites. Please contact us on 6237 6500 or email for assistance with your booking.

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Click to download the Calthorpes’ House Conservation Management Plan (14Mb) 

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