Museum of Contemporary Art Australia, Sydney

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Dedicated solely to exhibiting, interpreting, and collecting contemporary art from across Australia and around the world, Museum of Contemporary Art Australia features spacious galleries, public spaces, and a series of site-specific artists' commissions. The museum is housed in the Art Deco-style building that once housed the Maritime Services Board, located on the western edge of Circular Quay. Overlooking the world-famous Sydney Opera House and Harbour Bridge, the museum hosts frequent cultural events and traveling exhibitions of some of the world's most prominent artists. Recent popular shows have included retrospectives of works by Annie Leibovitz and Yoko Ono. Use our Sydney visit app to visit Museum of Contemporary Art Australia on your trip to Sydney, and learn what else travelers and our writers recommend seeing nearby.
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  • We have been here twice recently, once for an art class with 5 yr old child, and the second time to take him to children’s exhibition opening. Both times were great. He particularly enjoyed Pipilotti ...  more »
  • When the MCA opened on its current site in 1991 I was thrilled to become a member as I love exploring contemporary art... but I have always struggled to like the place: its buildings and exhibitions. ...  more »
  • Really didn't like this place... felt pretentious... staff were unfriendly... art work was questionable (can't think of much that I actually liked) - and yes I do like contemporary art, I own several ...  more »
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  • It was a delight to visit the Museum of Contemporary Art. I remained in awe in front of many of the products of art. Their representation in so diverse ways blew my mind, and I felt liberated from a world of constraints. I would have spent much more time in each and every hall, but I decided to leave when my cell phone battery got down to 15%. I will definitely go back to continue and finish my visit from one universe to another. The staff is very knowledgeable, all youngsters willing to share the most exciting details about the art they are protecting with humbleness and joy in their hearts. Blessings and wish you all a wonderful experience at this 'out of our world' encounter with one artist at a time!
  • "The Emperor's New Clothes" A lovely building in a prime location for Arts NSW and the Commonwealth Government's Australia Council, to waste the tax payers money. The artwork is mostly devoid of production skill or artistic merit. It seems that the most effort by the artists was put into the page of blurb trying to justify the hanging of their childlike work. At least it is free to enter, but even so there were more staff than viewers (if you discount school groups) on the day I visited. Visit any primary school classroom for a similar experience.
  • Very nice and clean museum. The staff are friendly and accommodating. There is a scheduled free tour just check their website. I joined their free Mystery Tour that scheduled every Wednesday and starts at 7pm, the tour takes about an hour. Only wednesdays that they are closing at 9pm. The rest of the days are 5pm. Just check their website for any updates.
  • The structure is very beautiful and the first floor was alright but the other exposition was very disappointing. I'm glad it was free otherwise it wouldn't have been worth it at all. On the good side terrace bar has a spectacular view of the arbor
  • Always something new, nice layout that is linear enough to have direction but still makes you feel like you're lost in the gallery. The cafe is great quality, although a little expensive. Always a great variety of artworks and the exhibitions are always induce interest.

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