Museum of Contemporary Art MCA, Sydney - review by Rusty Compass
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Museum of Contemporary Art MCA, Sydney

| 22 Apr 2021
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Museum of Contemporary Art MCA, Sydney
140 George St, The Rocks - right by Circular Quay
Tuesday - Sunday - till 9PM on Fridays
22 Apr 2021

Sydney's Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA) is Australia's premier gallery of contemporary art - painting, sculpture, drawing, photography and moving image. It's in a perfect location by The Rocks and the harbour.

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Sydney's MCA is the city's second outstanding major gallery (Art Gallery of New South Wales in the Domain is the other - though small galleries are worth checking out too). This is the main contemporary art gallery in the city. Indigenous art features prominently in the collection of more than 4000 works.

Housed on the site of the former colonial-era Commissariat (demolished in 1939), the museum looks over Circular Quay to the Opera House. It opened in 1991 in its current art deco premises - formerly government offices.

Museum of Contemporary Art - MCA, Sydney
Photo: Mark Bowyer Outside the MCA - Museum of Contemporary Art - MCA, Sydney


The MCA was extended in 2011. It's a large exhibition space with a diverse collection of work. Regular special exhibitions are a highlight. Allow a few hours at least - plus time in the open-air rooftop cafe to digest it all and take in the magnificent views of the harbour and the Opera House.

The museum opens late on Fridays (till 9pm) if you want an after-hours experience. Closed on Mondays.

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