Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney

Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney (must see)

The Art Gallery of New South Wales holds a large collection of Australian, Aboriginal, Asian and European Art and hosts changing exhibitions all through the year. The aim of the gallery is to be a place of experience and inspiration through collections, exhibitions, programs, and the study of art.

Walter Liberty Vernon designed the building in the classical tradition of grand colonial mansions of the time. The gallery opened in 1897. Since its opening, several extensions have been added to the structure including the Captain Cook Wing and an Asian Arts Wing.

The collection at the Art Gallery of New South Wales includes an impressive selection of British Victorian Art and smaller collections of early French, Italian and Dutch painters. Many works of famous 19th-century Australian painters like John Glover and Arthur Streeton and 20th-century artists like Margaret Preston and Sydney Nolan. It also awards the Archibald Prize, the highest Australian art award, the Sulman Prize, and the Wynne and Dobell art prizes. The library has a large collection of books on art, manuscripts, rare books and files of Australian artists. Other facilities include a café and a shop selling art books, gift articles, and postcards.

Why You Should Visit:
Brilliant selection of art, many examples of different art genres, relaxing atmosphere, very pleasant and helpful staff.
Free admission save for special exhibitions that are generally worth paying for and seeing.

Tip:
The gallery is open late on Wednesdays – including the café and more formal dining upstairs.
Make sure you check the free guided tour schedules before you go – they make a lot of difference.

Opening Hours:
Thu-Tue: 10am-5pm; Wed: 10am-10pm

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Sight Name: Art Gallery of New South Wales
Sight Location: Sydney, Australia
Sight Type: Museum/Gallery
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