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 Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Sydney trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.
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  • Archibald, Biennale, movies and other avante guard and international arts are shown here. Love the place, they even have art classes  more »
  • While the NSW Art Gallery is an excellent attraction, the current Archibald Prize is not worth a visit. For the first time, this is a mediocre crop with nothing really outstanding including the poor w...  more »
  • A good crop of portraits this year. Although the winner never fits our taste. If you visit make sure you take in the Young Archibald- truly stunning young artists with real portraiture skills and bett...  more »
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  • Free entry into a beautiful art gallery in a large city is hard to find, but Sydney is blessed to have such a wonderful public gathering space. During the day it’s quiet and speckled with small groups of children learning about different aspects of art. There’s so much to see and the global exhibitions change fairly frequently so you can go throughout the year without seeing the same things again and again. I would highly recommend coming here if you have kids or have a passion for art yourself. Check out the Archibald if you can as it’s all Australian art and it’s beautiful!
  • I was there for John Russell's art works. And they are so stunning and beautiful. I'm in love with the painting which the artist's wife was standing in the middle of a flowers garden. Its like... you can immediately feel his eternal love for her once you saw this pictures painting. It was unforgettable experience to me.
  • I adore this place. Fantastic collection of art from all over the world and across time. Brilliant exhibitions, talks and tours. Many free tours daily with guides who are knowledgeable, articulate and clearly love the gallery as much as I do. I used to avoid tours but these are entirely splendid. I've take some tours multiple times and always learn something new. If you like at, go see it. If you're not much interested, take a free tour - I've met people who've never been to a gallery before and after the guided talk, can't wait to come back.
  • For Free entry, Asian, Australian, contemporary, aboriginal art forms. European past century artwork well presented and guided. 3 levels of extraordinary display. The building exterior itself is fascinating and picturesque. Surrounded by domain gardens, it marks a well rounded outing for your day. Always check for “whats “ on for paid exhibitions.
  • I visit the Archibald every year and while I don't always agree with the winner, the exhibition never disappoints. There are some great works out there and I'm glad I get the chance to see them. The free gallery on the top floor is worth the walk through too if you have an hour. Well worth a visit.

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