24 January 2017
Australia Day will be marked by celebrations all over Sydney, including many fantastic exhibitions celebrating diverse art, history and culture. Visit one of Sydney’s art galleries or museums and enjoy the incredible variety of exhibits and events.
The Art Gallery of New South Wales will be showing Manifesto, a captivating new video installation starring Cate Blanchett. Blanchett performs 13 different personas in this striking piece that gives new life to the famous words of modern artists.
While you’re there, you can also check out Art from Milingimbi: taking memories back, an impressive display of Indigenous bark paintings and sculptures from the 1950s.
Enjoy free entry to the Australian National Maritime Museum on Australia Day. The museum will also be hosting a number of events across the city, including pop-up exhibitions about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander watercraft.
Bring the family to Circular Quay to watch a replica of the Endeavour take to the water!
The Museum of Sydney will be open on Australia Day, so take the chance to learn all about Indigenous, colonial, and modern Australia on January 26th. Be sure to catch the Demolished Sydney exhibition to learn about the buildings that have shaped Sydney’s skyline.
The Australian Museum’s Spiders – Alive & Deadly exhibition will be in full swing on Australia Day. Visitors can get up close to over 400 species of spiders and even watch a live spider milking! On the evening of January 25th, the museum will also host Ngalu Warawi Marri – We Stand Strong, an exploration of Aboriginal protest, resistance and culture.
Head to Elizabeth Farm and explore the beautiful gardens of John and Elizabeth Macarthur’s historic home. Pack a picnic basket and relax in the sun or visit the tearooms for tea, sandwiches and cakes. Enjoy many other fantastic Australia Day events in Parramatta while you are there.
Visit the MCA Australia to see the gorgeous work of Japanese artist Tatsuo Miyajima at his latest mesmerising exhibition, Connect With Everything. There will also be a Cherry Blossom pop-up bar inspired by his work. Complete your visit by stopping at the MCA bar, which boasts cocktails made with rare Japanese whiskies and sake.
The Powerhouse Museum will be showing a number of exhibitions including Egyptian Mummies: Exploring Ancient Lives. This exhibition uses the latest technology to dig deeper and unlock previously hidden secrets from six of the British Museum’s ancient mummies. Although these mummies died some 1800 to 3000 years ago, they still have lots of stories to tell.