Museum of Contemporary Art

The Museum of Contemporary Art is the only museum of its kind in Australia

Museum of Contemporary Art overlooking Sydney Cove by Circular Quay
Museum of Contemporary Art overlooking Sydney Cove by Circular Quay cc licensed photo by jstuppy

At the Museum of Contemporary Art, which opened in 1991 in the The Rocks, you can explore a wide variety of contemporary art work. Contemporary art is, generally speaking, any art that is modern in theme or created within the last 40 or so years. It uses a wide variety of mediums, some even hi-tech, which means you will discover some truly unique and interesting forms of art here.

The museum was made possible by a bequest to the University of Sydney by the late John Power for the purpose of informing and educating Australians about the contemporary and visual arts. Subsequently, when the Maritime Services Board vacated their building in the Rocks for larger premises, the government of New South Wales donated the building which, after renovations, became the home of the Museum. It is also the only Museum of Contemporary Arts in all of Australia.

Between 2011 and 2012 the museum shut down for extensive renovations, which are now complete and make the museum better than ever. Admission to the museum is free with the exception of the occasional special exhibit.

Nearby attractions include: The Rocks, Sydney Observatory, Customs House, Justice and Police Museum, and Museum of Sydney.

Facts For Your Visit

Fee: No

Currently Closed

Hours This Week:
  • 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

Address: 140 George St, The Rocks NSW 2000, Australia

Phone: (02) 9245 2400

Official Website: Museum of Contemporary Art


Line Nearest Station Walking Time
T2, T3 or FerryCircular Quay 3 minutes

How to get to Museum of Contemporary Art by

By Train or Ferry: exit at Circular Quay Station and proceed west. The Museum of Contemporary Art is located in the park at the western edge of the Quay adjacent to the end of Wharf #6.

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Rated 4.4 out of 5Museum of Contemporary Art Australia Star Rating

4 Star Rating Well if you have time to kill and are not particularly interested in getting burnt by the sun at a beach. This place is perfect. They have a few free art exhibits that you can check out and if ur lucky you make get to attend a workshop too. There was an artist who was showing us how to make paper boats when I went which was his was of paying his respect to immigrants from Vietnam who never made it to Australian shores

varun govind raj - 8 days ago

5 Star Rating Thought-provoking art gallery showcasing a range of quality modern art. The rooftop cafe provides amazing views of Sydney Harbour Bridge and Opera House. General admission to the gallery is free, while special exhibitions require payment. The Museum of Contemporary Art Australia is one of the most impressive art galleries in Sydney.

John Lodge - 10 days ago

4 Star Rating Free entry! Was definitely a great little stop to take my overseas family to while I was being a local tour guide. They usually have really nice paid exhibits here (a little pricey, but totally worth), which I prefer, and the free exhibits are usually not had; however the free exhibit this time was not as enticing as previous occassions. still definitely recommend, and check their website to see if there are any special exhibits coming up or happening before visiting !

Annie Ky - 14 days ago

5 Star Rating Very good gallery to visit for free admissions. Nicely air conditioned and has multiple layers to view in the building. Nicely located and easy to access, highly recommend if you're looking to enjoy some Australian culture and fill you day.

Callum McLauchlan-Brown - 18 days ago

5 Star Rating A wonderful modern art museum located in in the heart of Sydney's harbour that often has new interesting exhibits. General entry is free and special exhibits are for a fee. The best view of Sydney Opera House is from the roof top cafe and downstairs the shop is very good.

Alice Messerer - 24 days ago


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