Art Gallery of New South Wales

The Art Gallery of New South Wales can easily captivate museum lovers for an entire day

An impressive portico welcomes visitors to the Art Gallery of New South Wales
An impressive portico welcomes visitors to the Art Gallery of New South Wales cc licensed photo by Kayhadrin

Established in 1874, the Art Gallery of New South Wales offers presentations of fine international and Australian art in a beautiful setting, with the grand architectural features of the gallery being a work of art themselves.

Well worth the trip, visitors will find it difficult to see all the Gallery has to offer in one day. Be sure to stop by the modern and contemporary works displayed in vast, well-lit spaces that offer great views of Sydney and its beautiful harbour. Don’t miss out on the Grand Courts, which host a distinguished collection of colonial and 19th-century Australian works, as well as European old masters. Also, check out galleries dedicated to the celebration of Asian, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artworks.

Be sure to check out their regularly changing temporary exhibitions that are a major attraction for the Gallery's 1.3 million annual visitors. You can also relax over a coffee or enjoy a meal in the Gallery cafe or restaurant.

Nearby attractions: Royal Botanic Gardens

Facts For Your Visit

Fee: Yes

Art Gallery of New South Wales Hours:
Opening hours may differ on holidays

  • Monday: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
  • Tuesday: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
  • Wednesday: 10:00 AM – 10:00 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

Address: Art Gallery Rd, Sydney NSW 2000, Australia

Phone: 1800 679 278

Official Website: Art Gallery of New South Wales

Art Gallery of New South Wales Reviews

Rated 4.7 out of 5 Star Rating

5 Star Rating Honestly breath taking, one of my fav art galleries I’ve been to. I love old - historical art and this gallery has plenty of it. Great collection and stunning building that feels like art itself. Definitely allow about an hour- 2 hours (or more) but to cover the floors and see all the rooms :)
Skye Shepherd - in the last week

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5 Star Rating A collection worth traveling for. They have all the greatest hits of traditional, modern, and contemporary Australian artists. Mixed with international superstars and emerging media work. It's a beautiful place that at the very least has an incredible view of the harbor. Don't miss the Ernesto Neto piece while it's up. The whole gallery smells like cloves. It's lovely.
Steven Frost - a week ago

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5 Star Rating One of my favourite places in Sydney. After a couple of delays, I finally saw the Louise Bourgeois “Has the Day Invaded the Night or Has the Night Invaded the Day?” exhibit. A must-see exhibit! The Day: every single piece spoke to me on some level that I totally was not prepared to feel. The Night: so-called anchor pieces from The Day were integral parts of this darker side of the exhibit. The Night hit me in a very different way though also emotionally. What an incredible exhibit. Art Gallery of NSW has so many events and exhibits happening all the time, and many are free so everyone can experience and enjoy artworks. The grounds and surrounding areas are beautiful and well maintained. The Gallery also is a wonderful place to sit and look and absorb alone or with your peeps. There are a couple of choices inside and nearby to have a bite to eat and drink, and I’ve seen some people and school children eating their morning/afternoon tea outside near the most incredible giant sculptures. A phenomenal place for all ages!
Pamela Rose Stevens - 3 weeks ago

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5 Star Rating If you just want to visit one museum in Sydney you should pick this one. There’s a large and diverse collection to be found from different eras. There are some big pieces that are really worth looking at. The building itself is also great. You walk easily into the botanical garden next to the museum. Had a great afternoon even that the weather wasn’t great. Admission is free except from the special collection.
Jan Willem Grift - 2 months ago

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Directions

Train Line Nearest Station Walking Time
T4Martin Place8 minutes
T2 or T3St. James8 minutes

How to get to Art Gallery of New South Wales by Train

By Train: exit at St. James Station and walk east on Prince Albert staying left at the 'Y' and continue where it becomes Art Gallery Road, or at Martin Place Station and proceed east crossing Macquarie Street continuing through the passageway by the north block of the Hospital and across the Domain (green space) (both are about an 8 minutes walk).

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