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

Open Now

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 4.3 out of 5Museum of Contemporary Art Australia Star Rating

4 Star Rating Amazing art gallery which was definitely worth the sporadic visit. I visited the place during Primavera 2018 and it was great to hear about the young artists and the decision making process in developing the artworks. There were plenty talks going on and the layout of the museum made it easy to venture on your own and have that personal experience in understanding the artworks there.

Alan Huynh - 3 days ago

4 Star Rating Poignant and visceral art. Stunning exhibitions. Could do with more 'contemporary' controversy rather than safe artworks. Eg? Photos of apartheid are not controversial; easy wins. But worth your visit nonetheless.

Rosemary Asher - 5 days ago

5 Star Rating The free exhibitions are always great. Artworks from a diverse range of Australian and international artists. Good discounts for students on the ticketed exhibitions as well. Would always recommend popping in if you’re in Circular Quay

Eva W - 29 days ago

5 Star Rating Very interesting place. If you like art or you are a creative person you should definitely visit this place. There is lot of information you can get and explore all the floors. And on top floor there is a nice cafe.

Amar Nadh - 1 month ago


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