Art Gallery of New South Wales

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Art Gallery of New South Wales

Art Gallery of New South Wales
4.5
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
The Art Gallery of New South Wales acknowledges the traditional custodians of the country on which it is located, the Gadigal of the Eora nation, and recognises their continuing connection to land, waters and culture. From its magnificent site in Sydney, the Art Gallery of NSW is one of Australia’s flagship art museums and the state’s leading visual arts institution. Our mission is to serve the widest possible audience as a centre of excellence for the collection, preservation, documentation, interpretation and display of Australian and international art, and a forum of scholarship, art education and the exchange of ideas. A key aspect of the Art Gallery of New South Wales’ Sydney Modern Project expansion and transformation is the revitalisation of its much-loved historic building. As a part of this, we are undergoing a refurbishment to our Grand Courts to restore heritage features of original galleries. To learn more visit our website.
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The area
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Neighbourhood: 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.
How to get there
  • St James • 7 min walk
  • Martin Place • 7 min walk
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Jeffry b
Essendon, Australia8,907 contributions
One of Australia's greatest art collections
Nov. 2021
It is perhaps a little crass to rate art galleries on the public evaluation of their collections, but most afficionados would say that the Art Gallery of NSW has few equals in Australia. The modern collection is worth noting, but the colonial era is also outstanding. The Art Gallery of NSW hosts the annual Archibald Prize for portraiture. It's the most important competitions in Australian painting and often stirs contoversy.
Written 30 November 2021
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JnVSydney
Greater Sydney, Australia10,821 contributions
And its free
Apr. 2021
A true cultural experience, and its free, definitely a must for all visitors and locals for that matter, a very nice way to spend amercing oneself in art.
Written 19 November 2021
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Norm the Nomad
Australia658 contributions
Recommended.
May 2021 • Couples
We visited to see the 2021 Archibald Prize. Via a pleasant walk through the Botanical Gardens, we arrived.
We hadn’t been to the Art Museum for some years and were pleasantly surprised by the improvements that have been made over the years. Very COVID safe. A great exhibition and a good time.
Written 13 June 2021
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Jeffry b
Essendon, Australia8,907 contributions
Worth going out of your way for
Apr. 2021
Whenever I am in Sydney, I visit the Art Gallery of New South Wales at least once. The collection, especially of Australian artists, is among the best in the country. The Gallery is best known for hosting the Archibald Prize, Australia's most famous award for portraiture. The annnual unveiling is a media event.
Written 8 June 2021
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blackeldo
Kiama, Australia2,046 contributions
I KNOW LITTLE ABOUT ART…..BUT
May 2021
….SOMETHING’S WRONG WITH THIS PICTURE

I might know little about art, but as the old saying goes, I know what I like….and that’s POP ART. So I approached NSW’s biggest art gallery expecting to see some good examples of the same. Sorry, I was told…..there was a special exhibition back in 2014, but apart from some MAX DUPAIN photographs**, there was really nothing at the present time.
Um…seems to me that a comprehensive art gallery without a POP ART section is a bit like a BLUES BROTHERS retrospective without CAB CALLOWAY’S marvellous “MINNIE THE MOOCHER”.

**are MAX DUPAIN photographs really POP ART​? Seems a long way from ANDY WORHOL’S fantastic MARILYN. But as my heading says: “I know little about art….”’

APART FROM THAT – GENERAL IMPRESSIONS:
- GREAT POSITION – located in the DOMAIN, a park area immediately east of the CBD, the gallery is close to just about everything; trains, buses, parking stations, refreshments, retail therapy in the city shops yada.
If you are able to get a high view from this precinct, SYDNEY HARBOUR, WOOLLOOMOLOO, GARDEN ISLAND and much more are on display. Fortunately the two upper levels of the existing structure have a cafe and a restaurant, both with outdoor areas providing these views, The new SYDNEY MODERN extensions will expand on this.
- FAIRLY COMPREHENSIVE COVERAGE – This is no MET, which is the most comprehensive I’ve visited, but it is pretty good. I’ve already had a moan about the lack of POP ART but apart from that, the galley seems to display most of what this layman thinks a comprehensive gallery should. I kinda liked the OLD MASTERS and older AUSTRALIAN ART in particular. Note the area has a very good SHOP where copies of prints, art books etc can be purchased.
- THE LAYOUT seemed pretty good. This is an older building, but the interior is spacious and open – no pokey galleries here. The original and subsequent architects seem to have designed in good natural lighting for display spaces. The outside is in good condition – Sydney’s stone structures look pretty sweet if they have not been left to the ravages of non-cleaned time.
- MARVELLOUS EXTENSIONS. Planned for a 2022 opening, work has started on some big extensions to the north of the existing structure called SYDNEY MODERN, incorporating many new display sections, a grassed area over the CAHILL EXPRESSWAY + the roof of two WW2 oil storage tanks (which will be converted to display areas), a roof terrace with outdoor dining and much more. I notice the aim is to provide more display areas for CONTEMPORARY ART – so maybe the gallery will end up with a permanent POP ART section.
The normal NIMBY CROWD and the other USUAL SUSPECTS have started moaning about loss of public space, unsympathetic architecture…..yada, but fortunately they have some heavyweight opposition in this case.

TIPS – check online for what’s on before visiting. ENTRY IS FREE but special exhibitions may not yet be open amd/or have a charge. For instance when I visited the ARCHIBALD PRIZE portraits had been hung, but not yet open for display (JUNE 5 with an entry fee).
Written 2 June 2021
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katpirpinias
Melbourne, Australia183 contributions
beautiful.
Apr. 2021
never enough time to spend here. each room has just amazing things to admire. its really a must even if you only do a walk thru the main exhibition's.
Written 30 April 2021
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Craig D
Perth, Australia308 contributions
A must see if in Sydney
Apr. 2021 • Couples
Absolutely loved the Gallery. So much to see and free entry too. Gallery is easy to find and close to Public transport. Recommended to anybody who just wants to look at some of the most beautiful art works in this country.
Written 22 April 2021
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wombatdavid
Hobart, Australia1,814 contributions
Great gallery is Sydney
Mar. 2021
We enjoyed our time in the gallery and like the Captain Cook sculpture. The HSC art was good too especially the three portraits of the chickens. We were disappointed that the Yiribana gallery was closed and no notice at the top of the escalator to say this. So one star removed.
Written 30 March 2021
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ewa s
Canberra, Australia10 contributions
Great exhibitions
Feb. 2021
I went to see the Streeton exhibition on currently, and it was fabulous, as well as a weird old Japanese film which was too long, too confusing and too strange for my taste.
But the AGNSW often has exceptionally good exhibitions. I try to make a point of coming here whenever I visit Sydney.
Written 14 February 2021
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Jan M
Canberra, Australia17 contributions
Arthur Streeton Exhibition
Jan. 2021
What a brilliant exhibition, I had not realised that Streeton was prolific. The Gallery did a wonderful job of hanging the artworks in the different segments of his life, with very informative notes at the side of most of the paintings. The exhibition is highly recommended, sadly we didn't have time to view the rest of the gallery, but we will return on a future visit to Sydney. Very impressed by the Art Gallery of NSW as well as all the staff we came into contact with.
Written 3 February 2021
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