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. Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Sydney trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.
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  • We have visited the Art Gallery of NSW on a number of occasions. This time we went specifically to see The Lady and the Unicorn Tapestry special exhibition. This is only the third time in 500 years th...  more »
  • Went specifically to see "Lady and the Unicorn" tapestries, and not disappointed. Lovely to see such exquisite work. The balance of the gallery was spread out in large modern rooms, some with beautifu...  more »
  • If one excludes the aboriginal art collections, this is a pretty average art museum -- not bad, but not extraordinary either. However, the aboriginal art collections (ground floor and lowest level) ar...  more »
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  • The Art Gallery of NSW is a fascinating beautiful place to visit. The gallery frequently has national and international exhibitions. The current exhibition consists of 6 magnificent tapestries of The Lady and the Unicorn....generously on loan from France. The exhibitions are always beautifully curated. The permanent collections in the gallery are diverse and interesting works from Australia, Asia and Europe.
  • A beautiful place in a beautiful location. You can walk through the Royal Botanic Garden to reach this place and immerse yourself in some spectacular art works. From classic master pieces to modern contemporary work, it has a good collection. Some special exhibitions are ticketed but plenty of works in the free area as well. Some rest areas are also there to relax your tired legs. Escalators ease out the movement between different floors. Reach in the morning to catch the free guided tour that starts at 10.30 am.
  • The gallery is right beside the main busines district in some stunning park lands. The building itself is quite breathtaking as it stands alone and is very dramatic. The gallery has many free areas and paid exhibitions. The variety is fabulous, there is a lot of space for you to enjoy everything and a nice little Cafe on-site too....make sure you have a few hours to soak it all in here.
  • This art gallery is one my favourite in Australia- they recently (over the past few years) renovated the cafe which serves decent quality food and an outdoor deck with stunning views of the city. The exhibits are varied and the art gallery often hosts special exhibitions such as the Archibald. The standard art gallery has a spacious and relaxed vibe, I often spend many hours here.
  • Beautiful Gallery, great exhibits such as the one I went to today but also so many amazing free exhibits and artworks to admire. The front area has had some of the same paintings I have been able to visit since I was little including one of my favorites. It's nice to know I will always experience something new but also just to visit with some old friends while there

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