Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney

Art Museum · Museum
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.
Improve this listing »
Create an itinerary including Art Gallery of New South Wales
© OpenMapTiles © OpenStreetMap contributors

Art Gallery of New South Wales reviews

Rate this attraction
TripAdvisor traveler rating
TripAdvisor traveler rating 4.5
3,070 reviews
  • I loved it. It’s massive and you need a good few hours to get around the whole place. I went to the Archibald exhibition and it was worth paying for.  more »
  • If you haven't been, worth visiting by 10 January 2020. Free entry to this portraiture event which included Young Archie competition for the aspiring youth of ages 5-18 years. Great exhibition which.....  more »
  • This place is rather inconveniently located (that's what I deducted a bubble for - if I were judging this place only on its contents, it'd be a 5-bubble), but I usually make the effort to come here...  more »
  • Fabulous! Everything from the outside architecture to the permanent and temporary exhibitions are exceptional!! Beautiful works from Australia and Europe feature well. Newer exhibitions are from Asia as they become mite prominent and their old asset history is brought pour of the closed and dark attitudes of times gone by. We saw the Japanese exhibition featuring the demon and spirit world that was a big part of old culture and is the origins of modern day Manga. We paid special entry $22 .. actually they politely honour senior concession etc too. The staff told is of the free commentary our starting a short time after our arrival. It was fantastic. The wonderful lady presentation was a delight and told us about the artists and history in a informative, passionate and light hearted manner. A real highlight. We then spent time in the other galleries ... everything from Picasso to Tim Roberts ! Get along and see the amazing collection. You will be amazed at what your taxes can offer. We also are lunch at the bistro bar. Food and service were spot on. Good views too.
  • Solid art museum with lots to see among its varied exhibits. The Japan Supernatural touring exhibition was spectacular and the audio narration is a mandatory addition. One could easily spend a few days at least here, which is great because it's free. However, it's a bit out the way by public transportation which was a bummer.
  • The Art Gallery of New South Wales (NSW) displays the nature of Australian art. From the acknowledgement of Aboriginal and Torres Strait paintings and sculptures to updated curated exhibitions showcasing international art; it is diverse. The atmosphere and location of this Art Gallery is conveniently placed nearby Sydney Opera House and the Royal Botanical Gardens, henceforth a highly suggested tourist site for foreigners. For locals, it never disappoints. You can surely spend a few hours here if you are an avid in art. Beautiful.
  • Beautiful collection of aboriginal and even 19th century European art. Any visitor will be entranced by Spring Frost! painting. Great gift center, clean toilets, and there are specialty exhibits that have an admission fee, but the rest of the museum is absolutely free to the public. Purses are allowed, but backpacks will need to be checked free of charge. This museum and its surrounding atmosphere with the Royal Botanical Gardens and a cafe right across the street make it a MUST SEE in SYDNEY. Whether you are a local or traveler, this museum has something for everyone.
  • Great place. The layout is easy to follow while providing an engaging experience. Wide variety of art sure to appeal all tastes.sadly the Japan Supernatural exhibition was not open yet when I went but the preview looked very interesting.even without that there is so much art you can easily spend all day there or more.

Plan your trip to Sydney

  • Get a personalized trip
    A complete day by day itinerary
    based on your preferences
  • Customize it
    Refine your trip. We'll find the
    best routes and schedules
  • Book it
    Choose from the best hotels
    and activities. Up to 50% off
  • Manage it
    Everything in one place.
    Everyone on the same page.