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Art Gallery of New South Wales

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Address: Art Gallery Road | The Domain, Sydney, New South Wales 2000, Australia
Phone Number:
+61 2 9225 1878
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10:00 - 17:00
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Wed 10:00 - 22:00
Thu - Tue 10:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: No
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One of Australia's leading art museums. Over 1.3 million people visit each...

One of Australia's leading art museums. Over 1.3 million people visit each year. Located 15 minutes walk from the city centre, with impressive collections of Aboriginal, Australian, European, Asian and contemporary art. Open daily, free general admission.Late opening Wednesdays until 9pm with free talks, films, live music and more.

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Not the most exciting or comprehensive Gallery in Australia but worth a visit

This gallery is certainly worth seeing... in terms of galleries worldwide it certainly is small and conservative. Think that this Gallery spends too much time and money on the... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
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Sydney
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This gallery is certainly worth seeing... in terms of galleries worldwide it certainly is small and conservative. Think that this Gallery spends too much time and money on the cafe and gallery shop and less time buying great works of art or even extending. Nice walks near like Lady MAcquaries chair or the Botanical Gardens.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The museum is mostly free, even some of the really good temporary galleries. There was even a free concert. But it can be crowded.

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Greater Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Enter the Sandstone Portico and feel the hush. This is one of the country's greatest exhibition spaces. On stepping up the few stairs, one enters a WONDERFUL surprising light filled vault: to the right are galleries showcasing SO much of Australia's early Art and is a world of it's own; to your left is the galleries Special exhibition area and... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

From the statues of an offering of peace to an offering of war outside. Then being told it's free wow. It has a Monet. Many people don't get the chance to see one so don't miss it. In a corner out of the way. It's a must see.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Even better because it's free! Great collection of both modern and classic art. Great what to spend a morning or afternoon on a hot day checking out both international and local art. Within walking distance to the museum so great choice as tourists to check the out a couple of great visits off in one go.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

We went here to kill some time and found we could have spent another day there. A really impressive gallery with some stunning works and special shows. Aircon is a bit cold so take a light jumper.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Like any major museum or public art gallery, it pays to do some due diligence as to "What's On" before visiting. My main reason for going this time was to see the "Time, Light, Japan" exhibition (the pair of teamLAB pieces were stunning), to revisit Julian Rosefeldt's "Manifesto" (I have to say, ACMI presented it better...), and to take in... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

there is a rather large free/walk in display for all to enjoy, there are also traveling and featured exhibitions held throughout the rest of the gallery.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Entrance is free. Interesting art pieces. Wish I had more time to view Julian Rosefeldt's Manifesto, a film installation. You could also see how an awesome actor Cate Blanchett is in the films.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The exhibits here are very amusing and interesting. The paintings from the 19th century are outstanding. Very well maintained and the staff is very helpful.

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Central Business District
The Sydney Central Business District is abuzz with energy. Power brokers run to and from high rise buildings and after-work drink places, high-end shoppers tour venues like the QVB, and fine diners frequent the many celebrity chef restaurants. For a dose of culture, walk to the NSW Art Gallery, or visit the Sydney Museum. To escape the hustle and bustle, reconnect with nature at the Sydney Botanical Gardens or picnic lunch at High Park. No matter your interest, be sure to check the full calendar of events hosted by the city, from the Sydney Festival in January to October’s Good Food Month at Hyde Park.
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