Seven of Sydney’s Best Galleries and Museums

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Feeling as if you need a bit of cultural deep-dive? Well, Sydney‘s galleries and museums offer a range of experiences that may satisfy this urge. We have enjoyed visiting all of the places listed below, except the White Rabbit Gallery. Please check opening hours and details with the official websites listed below. Ed: Kevin Parker

Located at Art Gallery Road, The Domain, Sydney, New South Wales 2000. It is open from Monday to Sunday, with varying hours.

The gallery showcases significant works by international and local artists, including one of the world’s largest permanent exhibitions of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art. It also features contemporary exhibitions by leading Australian and international artists in site-specific art spaces. Art Gallery of New South Wales Website

The Sydney Modern building was designed by Pritzker Prize-winning architects Kazuyo Sejima and Ryue Nishizawa of SANAA.  It responds to the unique project site with a series of interlocking pavilions that gently step down towards Sydney Harbour, it succeeds admirably. Art Gallery of New South Wales Modern Website

Museum of Contemporary Art Australia

Situated at 140 George Street, The Rocks, New South Wales 2000. It is open from Monday to Sunday, with varying hours.

The museum is dedicated to exhibiting, interpreting, and collecting contemporary art from across the globe. It celebrates the work of both international and Australian artists and hosts education programs and online exhibitions. Museum of Contemporary Art Australia Website

Australian Museum

Address: 1 William Street, Sydney, NSW 2010.
Open hours: Monday to Sunday, 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM.
Phone number: (02) 9320 6000.

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The Australian Museum is the oldest museum in Australia, founded in 1827. It showcases a wide range of natural history and cultural exhibits, including fossils, minerals, indigenous artifacts, and interactive displays. The museum also offers educational programs and guided tours. Australian Museum Website

The Sydney Modern Project, a new extension to the Art Gallery of New South Wales, has involved the creation of a new standalone building, a public art garden, and the revitalization of the historic building. The project has provided much-needed exhibition space while respecting and enhancing public use of the surrounding landscape. The new building is just gorgeous to look at. It offers dynamic galleries, site-specific works by leading Australian and international artists, and extensive outdoor spaces.

Powerhouse Museum

Address: 500 Harris Street, Ultimo, New South Wales 2007.
Open hours: Monday to Sunday, 9:30 AM to 5:00 PM.
Phone number: (02) 9217 0111.

The Powerhouse Museum is a science and design museum that explores the intersection of art, science, and technology. It features interactive exhibits, historical objects, and collections related to engineering, space exploration, fashion, and more. The museum offers a unique and engaging experience for visitors of all ages. Powerhouse Museum Website

Address 30 Balfour Street, Chippendale, New South Wales 2008.
Open hours: Wednesday to Sunday, 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM.
Phone number: (02) 8399 2867.

The White Rabbit Gallery is a contemporary art museum that focuses on Chinese contemporary art. It houses a significant collection of artworks by emerging and established Chinese artists. The gallery showcases a diverse range of mediums, including painting, sculpture, installation, and video art. White Rabbit Gallery Website

The Australian National Maritime Museum

Address: 2 Murray Street, Darling Harbour, Sydney, New South Wales 2000.
The museum is open from Monday to Sunday, 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM.
You can contact the museum at (02) 9298 37771.

The Australian National Maritime Museum is dedicated to exploring our relationship with the oceans, rivers, and lakes around us. It showcases a wide range of exhibits related to natural history, cultural artifacts, fossils, minerals, and interactive displays. The museum also offers educational programs and guided tours. The Australian Maritime Museum Website

Brett Whiteley Studio

Address: 2 Raper Street, Surry Hills, Sydney, New South Wales 20101. The studio is open from Thursday to Sunday, 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM1. You can contact the studio at (02) 9225 18811.

The Brett Whiteley Studio has been managed as a museum by the Art Gallery of New South Wales since 1995. It offers free entry and tickets are not required for the studio and its exhibitions. The studio was the workplace and home of Australian artist Brett Whiteley (1939–92). Visitors have the unique opportunity to experience the atmosphere of the space, including the studio with his unfinished paintings, art equipment, and collections of reference books. The living area showcases memorabilia such as photographs, objects, postcards, furniture, music collection, and sketchbooks. The gallery has changing exhibitions of the artist’s works: paintings, drawings, sculpture, and graphics from the Brett Whiteley Studio, Art Gallery of New South Wales, and private collections. The Brett Whiteley Studio Website

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