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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  • Great experience. Especially since at that time all new life in was blown and there was an exhibition on the Aborigionals. Very interesting.
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  • wonderful and its free combine it with the walk to the Quay see some of Australian art at no cost the building is also very beautiful made of sandstone  more »
  • Spectacular building and artwork. Unfriendly staff (which seems to be the norm for art galleries). Admission is free. Parking is expensive.  more »
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  • One of the best places in Sydney. Beautiful paintings from historic to contemporary era. Modern abstract paintings and Japanese art add an extra feather. With a cafe and restaurant which got quick snacks, coffee and quality lunch it is a perfect place to spend a day. Definitely a go for art lovers.
  • Good old institution of art. Reasonably good collection of pre-modern, modern and post modern art, good exhibitions. Like with all galleries, make sure not to carry a backpack when visiting or you will have to leave it in the cloak room. Best to visit during the week in the mornings if you like quietness. There are lifts and escalators to traverse the levels.
  • Free to visit. Good cross section of Australian art. Also an Asian art section. Consistently rotates visiting (pay for)bexhibits which keeps one coming back. Has a cafe restaurant. Gallery now opens Wednesday nights
  • A handsome building nestled in a peaceful setting near the botanic gardens with a good variety of art from Australia and also around the world. Collections range from contemporary art to old masters, most are free admission. Lots of events and engaging activities for children.
  • Superb gallery with varied pieces and excellent temporary exhibitions. I liked that this gallery featured a variation of the arts from fine arts, to calligraphy, graphics and also film. It was one the best galleries I have been to in Australia so far and for free. It's a no brainer to visit!