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“A real Sydney highlight - don't miss it”

Art Gallery of New South Wales
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: 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.
Reviewed 3 August 2014

The Art Gallery of NSW has many things going for it. A stunning location, a stately and beautiful building, amazing exhibits all year round and a loyal clientele of Australians and visitors every day of the year. There's also a fine gallery shop. We were there to see this year's entries for the Archibald Prize for portrait painting and were not disappointed. 54 varied and evocative portraits in every imaginable style, with helpful comments on each one. The entries for the Wynne Prize for landscape painting of figurative sculpture were also worth a look but, with few exceptions, were rather less impressive. Stephen Pong's 'Broken Well' was a highlight and great fun, however. The Sulman Prize entries were, as always, unsettling, fascinating and full of imagination - this prize really encourages fresh creativity.

We found the Lost Prince and the Winter Queen exhibition from London's National Portrait Gallery educational and well worth a visit, as was the Plumes and Pearlshells exhibition on the art of the New Guinea highlands - comprehensive and fascinating. By this time, we had reached sensory overload, which is often the case in this wonderful gallery. But we'll be back soon!

Thank EHinOz
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Reviewed 2 August 2014 via mobile

We looked for things to do whilst on a weekend in Sydney. We have been a few times before to Sydney but this time the gallery had the Archibald prize and landscape artworks on show. Very much worth a look. I liked the way they (the Artists and Judges) added their story on what the work meant...it helped visualise what they portrayed..
The gallery is a good thing to do!

Thank Bruce B
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Reviewed 1 August 2014

There're other museum which has greater western art to show us. But the unique traditional art here makes it special.

Thank Stephenyang0429
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Reviewed 31 July 2014

In Sydney for a few days holiday with friends. We decided to walk through Hyde Park and Botanic Gardens to the Art Gallery of NSW on Wednesday at dusk. We chose Wednesday as it is open Wednesday night and has a schedule of free events. We had a lovely time and thought the place had a lively and fun feeling to it. The schedule of free activities were diverse and interesting and it was the best experience I gave had in an art gallery ever. Plus there is a free courtesy bus back to the city every 15 minutes! Highly recommend anyone in Sydney on Wednesday night please head up the hill to the Art Gallery and a bag full of surprises is waiting for you.

Thank jam1150
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Reviewed 31 July 2014

Brilliant art gallery with variety and diversity. The terrance restaurant has awesome views of the Opera House and is a welcomed place to sit, eat and have a drink

Thank Pam-sandspit
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