Ayers House  Museum Upcoming Events 13 February - 15 March 2015 Adelaide Fringe Refer to the Adelaide Fringe page for more information 1-31 May 2015 About Time History Festival Copyright 2012 Ayers House Museum and National Trust SA. Web Design by Kara Witcomb. Ayers House stands today not only the last surviving mansion of its era on the southern side of North Terrace but also interprets the life of an upper middle class family of the 19th Century. Sir Henry Ayers came from England as a young man with little schooling but went on to become Premier of South Australia seven times and the Director of the Burra Copper Mine. He commissioned the conversion of nine roomed brick house to become the forty roomed mansion that we see today. The acknowledged architect was Sir George Strickland Kingston who interpreted the work of Robert Kerr, a leading architect of the period in England. His book “The English Gentleman’s House” gave the ‘New Rich’ clear direction on how to live and entertain like gentlemen. By the time Sir Henry’s North Terrace House was completed in 1876 the interior had been hand stencilled room after room.  Today the magnificent Lyon and Cottier designed formal dining room ceiling is regarded as the most significant hand painted ceiling in the country. The National Trust of South Australia’s collection represents the best that money could buy and is displayed to focus on original Ayers Family pieces. Using reflections on social history, our visitors are taken back in time to hear the story of how life may have been for the Ayers Family and those ‘below stairs’. Ayers House  Museum Ayers House Museum 288 North Terrace, Adelaide SA 5000 T: (08) 8223 1234 F: (08) 8359 3560 ayershouse@national trustsa.org.au Subscribe to our e-newsletter Follow us on Twitter @ayershousemus Like us on Facebook Follow us on Instagram Follow us on LinkedIn Photography is not permitted within the House without prior agreement with the Musueum Manager CHANDELIER APPEAL Become a crystal angel The original crystals have been dulled by dust and smoke over the years and lost their brightness. We need your help to make the Ayers House chandeliers shine once again. By becoming a crystal angel and adopting one of our chandelier crystals you can help restore and preserve them to last another 150 years! For more information please click here. Your support is greatly appreciated!