Sydney Art Galleries

Highlights

The Art Gallery of NSW and the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia host exhibitions and events by leading Australian and international artists. Both galleries are popular attractions with important permanent collections, and offer beautiful vistas of Sydney from their cafes and restaurants.

  • Auguste Rodin, The kiss, 1901-1904 Image © Tate, London 2016
  • Yirbana Gallery, Sydney

Admire sublime art in Sydney

From the old masters and the great art movements to splendid colonial and indigenous art and striking contemporary works, you'll discover revered art in Sydney’s leading galleries. Check out the exciting events calendar for national and international art exhibitions in this beautiful harbour city.

The Art Gallery of NSW is Sydney's most important public gallery and showcases significant works of Australian artists and one of the world's largest permanent exhibitions of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art. Admission is free to the gallery in the Domain, near the Royal Botanic Garden.

Enjoy rolling exhibitions, from international shows to the Archibald Prize for portraiture. Among the many Australian collection highlights are Russell Drysdale's 1945 Walls of China, John Olsen's 1963 Five Bells, Arthur Streeton's 1891 Fire's on and Frederick McCubbin's 1896 On the Wallaby Track.

Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney

The gallery's elegant restaurant and cafe have vistas of Sydney Harbour and the heritage Finger Wharf in Woolloomooloo. From the gallery, stroll through the Royal Botanic Garden to the Sydney Opera House and then to the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia (MCA), which is in The Rocks.

The MCA, which has a rooftop cafe with gorgeous views of the Sydney Opera House, has an emphasis on living artists and includes paintings, photography, video, sculpture and installation art. Walk to nearby Observatory Hill for the S.H. Erwin Gallery in the historic National Trust Centre.

A diverse range of splendid independent galleries worth visiting include the Olsen Irwin Gallery in Woollahra, the Sherman Contemporary Art Foundation in Paddington and the White Rabbit Gallery, which displays modern Chinese art in Chippendale, a stroll from the bustling streets of Chinatown.

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  1. Dominik Mersch Gallery

    Dominik Mersch Gallery focuses on exhibiting significant artists from Europe, Asia and emerging, mid-career and senior Australian artists. In addition to hosting exhibitions, the gallery programme...

  2. Campbelltown Arts Centre

    The Campbelltown Arts Centre, a flagship cultural venue for Greater Sydney, includes gallery spaces, workshops, a performance studio, large outdoor amphitheatre and of course the well known Arts Centre Café...

  3. Limelight Gallery - Sydney TAFE

    Located at Sydney TAFE arcade, Haymarket, Ultimo, Limelight Gallery is a premier student design showcase featuring student artworks from a range of disciplines. It includes but is not limited to, jewellery, fashion,...

  4. Pine Street Gallery

    Focusing on the local arts, the Pine Street Creative Arts Centre is an inner-city gallery and teaching space steps from the city centre. The Chippendale art space emphasizes innovative and progressive arts and...

  5. SH Ervin Gallery

    The National Trust S.H. Ervin Gallery is a major public art gallery that presents an exciting program of changing exhibitions. The program is designed to explore the richness and diversity of Australian art, both...

  6. Australian Design Centre

    Through visionary exhibitions, education programs, publications and retail activities, the centre strives to make connections between creative minds across Australia, heightening awareness of outstanding design, and...

  7. Hawkesbury Regional Gallery

    Hawkesbury Regional Gallery is located in a landmark building designed to reflect the heritage values of the surrounding district. Landscaped grounds and The Evergreen Cafe provide a pleasant...

  8. Powerhouse Museum

    Located in the old Ultimo Power Station building adjacent to Darling Harbour, the Powerhouse Museum is the flagship venue of Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences (MAAS). Its unique and diverse collection spans science,...

  9. Art Est Art School and Gallery

    Art Est. is Sydney's dynamic creative hub for the visual arts catering for children and adults. Located in a spacious, light-filled warehouse in inner west Leichhardt, Art Est. is a funky art space that incorporates...

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