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.
Facts For Your Visit
Official Website: Museum of Contemporary ArtFee: No, except for some special exhibitions.
Hours may be subject to change. Please verify on the official website, especially where Covid restrictions are in effect.
- 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
140 George St
The Rocks New South Wales 2000
Phone: +61 2 9245 2400
Alexandra M. Dec-11-2016
The first two floors are free which I have not heard of before in an art museum and was quite excited about. Lots of different artists and styles to be... Read More
Jacquelin S. Jan-10-2020
We found several interesting pieces and installations at this museum showcasing Australian artists. Admission is free and the restrooms are clean. We were... Read More
Yvon Meow J S. Mar-17-2019
I always like to visit museums everywhere I go, and MCA of course is no exception. MCA is just across the water from the big gigantic opera house, and... Read More
Accommodations near Museum of Contemporary Art:
|Line||Nearest Station||Walking Time|
|L2, T2, T3, T8 or Ferry||Circular Quay||3 minutes|
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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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