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. Defiance Gallery

    A home to innovative newcomers and prominent Australian and international artists' works, Defiance Gallery showcases top contemporary paintings, works on paper and is one of the leading sculpture galleries in Sydney....

  2. Limelight Gallery - Sydney TAFE

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  3. Purple Noon Gallery

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  4. Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery

    Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery was established in 1982. Today its exhibition program focuses on artists from the Asia-Pacific region - Australia, New Zealand and Japan, in particular. Ten Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery artists have...

  5. Global Gallery

    Global Gallery provides gallery space to artists to exhibit works ranging from painting, photography, and printmaking. The space is divided into areas so that multiple artists can exhibit at the same time. New...

  6. Ann Snell Gallery

    The Ann Snell Gallery opened in 2003. It began humbly with Ann borrowing money to purchase her first collection but Ann's passion and keen eye for art, soon paid off with her first show selling out. 2012 saw the...

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    Hurstville Museum and Gallery is dedicated to preserving the unique history of the St George region as well as working with local multicultural communities to develop exciting art and history exhibitions and public...

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