The original Housemuseum at 219 Cotham Road is the private residence of founding patrons Corbett and Yueji Lyon and is open to the public for pre-booked tours and events on designated days each year.
It offers a unique combination of private residence and private museum where 'museum' and 'living' are brought together in a single building. In 2010, Larry's List named the Housemuseum 'one of the world's 10 most exciting buildings of private museums'.
Designed by architect Corbett Lyon, the Housemuseum builds on a lineage of private art collections housed and displayed in residential settings including Sir John Soane’s Museum in London, New York’s Frick Collection, the Peggy Guggenheim Collection in Venice and London's Wallace Collection.
Offering a new platform for works of contemporary art, architecture and design, the new Housemuseum Galleries are a major expansion of the Lyon Housemuseum. Opening in March 2019, the new Galleries will offer a series of spaces for international and local exhibitions and events, where new ways of presenting and experiencing art will be explored.
Also designed by Lyon, the Housemuseum Galleries includes large, flexible exhibition spaces specifically designed for large scale artworks and installations.
Featuring a 5.5 metre high ceiling, the central gallery space is surrounded by four peripheral galleries, each presenting a different character and aspect. A public forecourt and enclosed sculpture court extend the museum beyond its walls. The new museum includes a small retail shop and café.