The Ideal Home Exhibition

Exhibition and Shows

31 Jan 2019 to 24 Mar 2019

Summer exhibition at Penrith Regional Gallery.

The Ideal Home presents a history of the 20th century Australian home told through household objects, furniture and design classics from the Museum of Arts And Sciences Collection.

For much of the 20th century Australia enjoyed one of the highest rates of home ownership in the world. This situation emerged following the landmark Harvester Judgement of 1907, which enshrined a living wage, and enabled ordinary workers to purchase a home and support a family.

Post war affluence, technology, mass manufacturing and the ready availability of goods, created both a consumer base and desire. In this setting, suburbs grew and homes became castles.

Australians enthusiastically adopted international trends in architecture, interior furnishings and design. Labour saving devices liberated people from domestic drudgery and increased the time available for leisure. Indoors and outdoors Australians aspired to a lifestyle centred upon the comfort, style, amenity and function of the home.

See more of The Ideal Home including modernist design and artworks at MAAS Powerhouse, Ultimo.


Disabled access available


Free Entry

Event Times

31 Jan 2019 to 24 Mar 2019

Annual Event


Penrith Regional Gallery and The Lewers Bequest

86 River Road, Emu Plains, 2750

Nearby Accommodation

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St Marys Park View Motel

St Marys, Penrith

bed in Motel room

Jamison Hotel

South Penrith, Penrith

Quality Inn Penrith

Quality Inn Penrith


Cockatoo come each day to be fed

Winnamatta Guest House

Orchard Hills, Penrith


The Terrace in Cranebrook Waterside

Cranebrook, Penrith

Cabins on sunny day

Castlereagh Christian Conference Centre

Castlereagh, Penrith

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