Manning Clark House

Manning Clark House – A place for ideas

The daring modernism of the 1950s house in Forrest, Canberra, itself reflects the radical and adventurous spirit Manning Clark House fosters among its members. It is a place where Australians can be inspired to make their daily lives richer and more meaningful. The house was designed by Robin Boyd in 1952 and constructed in 1953.

Manning Clark House Incorporated (MCHI) is a not-for-profit organisation registered with the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC). It was established by Manning Clark’s widow, Dymphna, in 1997. It was her wish that her heritage-listed house in Forrest, Canberra, should remain a centre of lively cultural, intellectual and social life. The house has become renowned for the exploration of ideas, research and debate about contemporary issues and the conservation of the site.

Manning and Dymphna Clark both believed passionately that Australians should come up with distinctive solutions for Australian issues and cultural challenges, both locally and globally.

Through events including the annual Manning and Dymphna Clark Lectures, regular talks, book launches, and exhibitions, we aim to foster an environment where members and the wider community are encouraged to express ideas and discuss major issues.

MCHI is now run entirely by volunteers and depends on the contributions, both financial and in kind, of MCHI members and the wider community.

Donations to Manning Clark House are welcomed and are tax deductible (please go to the Manning Clark House website to make a donation).

Plan your visit

Manning Clark House


11 Tasmania Circle, Forrest ACT 2603, Australia


Please confirm with Manning Clark House Inc for tours which are usually conducted each Saturday from 11am to 2pm. A virtual tour is also available on their website.

+61 (02) 6295 9433 (please leave a message)
Entry Fees:

Please refer to their website for current prices.