Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney - review by Rusty Compass
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Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney

| 16 Jun 2021
Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney
Art Gallery Rd, Sydney - short scenic walk from St James Station and Hyde Park
16 Jun 2021

The Art Gallery of New South Wales is a uniquely Australian gallery and Sydney’s premier art institution.  It's located not far from the middle of the city in a spectacular neo-classical building looking across the historic Domain - a short picturesque walk from central Hyde Park.

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The Art Gallery of New South Wales is a five floor exhibition space with a huge permanent collection of Australian and international art. Regular special exhibitions feature local and international works. This is a quality institution and one of the best things to see in Sydney. The gallery houses one of Australia’s foremost collections of Indigenous art and the Asian collection is impressive too.

The gallery is a great place to get a sense of how British colonial artists interpreted Australia's unique landscape in the 1800s. The last 50 years has seen a welcome shift to a more extensive coverage of Indigenous and regional art.

Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney
Photo: Mark Bowyer Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney

Admission to the permanent exhibition is free. There are usually admission fees on special exhibitions.

There's a great cafe with views over Woolloomooloo Bay.

In 2022, the new Sydney Modern gallery will open next door. This will be a major development for the arts in Sydney.

Art Gallery of New South Wales opened in these premises in 1897. Prolific colonial architect Walter Liberty Vernon was the architect. Vernon's other major classical work is the NSW State Library - also home to an interesting collection of art.

For our other gallery tips, head check out our listing here.

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