5 Must Visit Art Galleries and Museums In Sydney

Winter is coming. Scratch that, it has already arrived. A lot of us missed the last of the sun during the pandemic, and the coldness in now upon Sydney. However, the fantastic news is, we are able to get our creative juices flowing now that galleries and museums are open again. Luckily, Sydney has a fantastic variety of art galleries to wade through. From cultural history to hard-hitting modern art, to spectacular exhibitions and international talent. Sydney has a smorgasbord for you to peruse as your leisure. Here are five of the must-visit art galleries and museums in Sydney right now. 

1. Boomalli Aboriginal Artists’ Co-Op

The longest-running co-operative for the Aboriginal arts in New South Wales. The Boomballi Aboriginal Artists Co-Op was established in 1987 and continues to thrive to this day. The co-op’s goal is to showcase Aboriginal Artists and languages that exist, or have existed, in NSW, with a strong focus on regional creatives. Boomalli is located in Sydney’s Inner West and hosts all-absorbing exhibitions which have proved successful with locals. As it stands, it is the perfect gallery for those who love to challenge the status quo and gain a fresh perspective on urban indigenous art. 

2. Art Gallery Of NSW

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From Monday 1 June 2020, free timed-entry tickets and physical distancing are among the measures we’re implementing in line with the NSW Government’s health guidelines to keep visitors safe during COVID-19. While fewer visitors will be in the Gallery together, and with no groups and tours scheduled, the benefit for art lovers is a more intimate, up-close and personal experience of art than was possible pre-COVID-19. Physical proximity to art is the most satisfying way to experience a work. However, for anyone who needs or wishes to stay at home a while longer, the Gallery is maintaining its online presence through Together In Art. Our priority as we reopen is to keep visitors and staff safe. While art has no rules, at the moment we do! We hope that the pleasure of being back in the presence of art will outweigh the inconvenience of our necessary safety measures. To read these new visiting procedures, and to book your free tickets, please click the link in our bio above. We look forward to seeing you at the Gallery again very soon!

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This gallery proudly displays a mix of international and Australian fine art. The Gallery has been welcoming visitors since 1871, and you could say they are the leading experts in the Sydney art scene. Spanning continents and cultures, the works are a mix of modern art, colonial and 19th-century Australian work and dedicated galleries to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art. Art Gallery is conveniently located in Sydney’s Domain and they proudly host over forty exhibitions per year. The best part is that admission is absolutely free! Art Gallery of NSW always has new and exciting events popping up, which are listed on their website.

3. Artspace

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Woolloomooloo-based art hub, Artspace, is the centre of Sydney’s modern and contemporary art scene. Artspace relocated to the Gunnery (an old artist squat in the ’80s) in 1992 after increased demand meant more artists’ wanting to display their work. Here, visitors are treated to artists exhibitions spanning all generations and all cultures. Artspace prides themselves on their commitment to collaboration and experimentation, so you’ll always find something new and exciting adorned on their walls. 

4. Carriageworks

Carriageworks is the largest multi-arts centre in Australia. People flock here to view the incredible large-scale art installations and one-room exhibitions. Culture is at the forefront of the curators’ minds, hosting cultural events, festivals and talks to highlight Australia’s enviable indigenous diversity. Carriageworks has an old-school industrial feel as it is located in the Eveleigh Railway Yards with much of the heritage building features left exposed. 

5. 4A Centre For Contemporary Asian Art

4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art (4A) aims to understand and develop Australia and Asia’s close relationship through art programs. Based in Chinatown, 4A is an incredible space for presenting installations, sculptures and painting exhibitions to showcase the best of the wider Asia-Pacific region. On top of their art exhibitions, the regularly lead community activities to enhance a wider understanding of Asian culture. Their belief is that the cultural norms in the wider-Asia region will have a profound impact on the future.