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Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney

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With its large collection of national art ranging from the period of settlement to today, Art Gallery of New South Wales is a great venue for learning about Australian art history. You can visit the general exhibition spaces for free and see dozens of works considered to be Australian masterpieces. In light-filled rooms, you'll find modern and contemporary works and grand views of Sydney and its harbor. Visit the Grand Courts to view paintings from European masters and 19th-century Australian artists, and make sure to spend time in the Aboriginal art galleries. The gallery also hosts temporary exhibits, so make sure to check the current schedule before you visit. Use Klarna Trips's suggestions to plan your Sydney trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.
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Art Gallery of New South Wales reviews

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4.7
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  • There are two buildings - north a more modern one and south the original gallery, which offer a really wide spectrum of art and experiences that one can spend a whole day there 
    There are two buildings - north a more modern one and south the original gallery, which offer a really wide spectrum of art and experiences that one can spend a whole day there  more »
  • This review is only about the new North Building of the Art Gallery of NSW. This weekend I visited here with a good friend. We were enthralled by the Yiribana Collection of Aboriginal & Torres... 
    This review is only about the new North Building of the Art Gallery of NSW. This weekend I visited here with a good friend. We were enthralled by the Yiribana Collection of Aboriginal & Torres...  more »
  • The new building is an architectural triumph. Pity they forgot that it was meant to be an Art Gallery. I was disappointed in the new gallery. It is vast and cavernous with not a lot of actual... 
    The new building is an architectural triumph. Pity they forgot that it was meant to be an Art Gallery. I was disappointed in the new gallery. It is vast and cavernous with not a lot of actual...  more »
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  • An outstanding gallery, truly the mainstay of Sydney’s art scene. The remodelling of their classic rooms is a must see once fully reopened, and the Archibald always attracts significant talent and some truly breathtaking portraits. Also don’t sleep on the free exhibits downstairs - oftentimes there are some understated and lesser-known (read: not mainstream enough for the average/passive consumers of art) artists displaying real killer stuff.
  • Love coming here for the special exhibits. The permanent exhibits quite good too- best place to spend the day if you are bored , so much to see and there's food here too which ain't too badly priced. Clean, well maintained, air conditioned and spacious. Currently building a new section so I can't wait to see it when it's done!
  • The Art Gallery's new installations in their North building are phenomenal and definitely not something to sleep on. All floors had intriguing and beautiful art pieces, so I highly recommend you try and see everything the building had to offer. I recommend making an effort to view "The Tank" as it was incredibly breathtaking and am outstanding experience. The gift shop near the entrance is also a wonder as it has wonderful merchandise of some of my favourite art pieces. Staff members were all also incredibly nice and accommodating.
  • The Art Gallery of NSW is absolutely lovely! It has art from different parts of the world, including European, Asian and aboriginal works. Next to that, it’s very well organized and the information next to the paintings are useful. The entry is free, however you need to pay if you wish to visit an additional exposition, which constantly changes.
  • I skipped the Archibald exposition and really enjoyed seeing the permanent collections and the building itself. In December 2022 when the new building opens it is truly going to be a spectacular attraction. The restaurant has a great view over the city and laudable dining. Entry during construction is a bit convoluted especially during rainy days, be careful!

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