Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney

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With its large collection of national art ranging from the period of settlement to today, Art Gallery of New South Wales is a great venue for learning about Australian art history. You can visit the general exhibition spaces for free and see dozens of works considered to be Australian masterpieces. In light-filled rooms, you'll find modern and contemporary works and grand views of Sydney and its harbor. Visit the Grand Courts to view paintings from European masters and 19th-century Australian artists, and make sure to spend time in the Aboriginal art galleries. The gallery also hosts temporary exhibits, so make sure to check the current schedule before you visit. A visit to Art Gallery of New South Wales represents just the start of the adventure when you use our Sydney itinerary builder to plot your vacation.
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  • Place full of culture, beautiful works is very knowledgeable. And the best: it's free! Place required in Sydney. One should go for sure, close to the City
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  • We didn't have long to spend in there, which was fine being as how it's free. But wished we'd had more time so could have seen more of it. The aboriginal art was really fantastic. Great shop too.  more »
  • NSW Art Gallery is a great place to visit. It has a great and diverse range of artworks including some very special aboriginal pieces and the best Picasso you will ever see!! I highly recommend that y...  more »
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  • 100% a must visit. Hit up the Opera House, Botanical Gardens then get a Harry's meat pie. Then a quick walk to the art gallery. This place is very professional, and I was blown away by the art they had on display. Staff is friendly, and I think I had the best internet connection in my entire two week vacation here for free. You could easily spend hours here, but for sure set aside 1-2 at a minimum.
  • Obviously this gallery has one of the world's best collections of Australian art, but it also has a surprising breadth of works from other places and times. European and American art is well represented, and there is a large gallery devoted to Asian art as well. The highlights are always on display, but other galleries are changed with satisfying frequency, and always with great curatorial sensitivity, making return visits a pleasure. Grab a glass of wine with your salad for lunch and sit in the sun for a break while you're here.
  • The NSW Art Gallery is a wonderful venue to showcase exhibitions like the Archibald portraiture prize, the Wynne and the Sulman conpetitions. It also has some outstanding modern, Asian, colonial and Aboriginal collections. The Botanic Gardens lie just across the road, next to the Domain. The views from every angle are spectacular, with Sydney Harbour, Mrs Macquarie's Chair and the Opera House within reach. There are coffee shops in the Domain, the Art Gallery and the Botanic Gardens to visit. Metered parking is available at $6 an hour.
  • I visit every time I go to Sydney. They have rotating exhibitions. I saw Frida Kahlo de Rivera; it was really good.
  • Great place to visit located by the beautiful botanical gardens. Visited the Archibald gallery. It was very crowded but the art was beautiful. They have audio guides via their Wi-Fi and a free cloakroom service. Some exhibits require an entry fee so I recommend buying in advance online. It is a 10 minute walk from St James and Martin Place train stations. There is also a bus service there. There is also a nice cafe inside but if you sit outside be aware of the birds.