Art Gallery of New South Wales, Art Gallery Road, Sydney. - Sydney, NSW

Art Gallery of New South Wales, Art Gallery Road, Sydney.

The Art Galley of New South Wales is open from 10.00am to 5.00pm each day with the exception of Good Friday and Christmas Day. Admission is free with the exception that some charges apply to special touring exhibitions. The Gallery has many famous permanent collections including Aboriginal Art, Australian Art, European Art, watercolours, contemporary art, Asian art, Melanesian art, photography and Brett Whiteley Studio. Further information about the Art Gallery may be obtained from the Art Gallery's new, up to date website with a fully searchable collection database, exhibition schedule, events calendar and other valuable features.

The initial move to establish a national collection was made in 1871 by the formation of the New South Wales Academy of Art. The first purchase from the public funds was six water-colour drawings which may be seen specially grouped together. Many splendid examples of Australian and overseas art have been added to the collection since the completion of the present gallery in 1904. Three prizes are awarded annually from bequests: The Wynne Art Prize for the best Australian landscape or best piece of figure sculpture; the Archibald Prize for the best portrait painting by an artist resident in Australia; and the Sulman Prize for the best mural decoration or subject picture.

The building is a fine sandstone structure. Two equestrian figures symbolizing the Offerings of Peace and War stand on either side of its main entrance; and a number of bronze panels executed by distinguished sculptors have been let into the exterior walls of the building.

Inspections: Weekdays: 10 am - 5 pm Sundays: 2 pm - 4.30 pm


The Gallery is one of Sydney's most spectacular venues, offering the unique opportunity to combine dinners, breakfasts or cocktail functions with viewings of the Gallery's Collection or one of the temporary exhibitions. The Gallery function areas are themed with treasures from the Collection, creating an impressive ambience for entertaining.
The Art Gallery of New South Wales holds significant collections of Australian, European and Asian art, and presents nearly forty exhibitions annually.

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(02) 9225 1700


Art Gallery of New South Wales, Art Gallery Road, The Domain, Sydney.
Sydney, NSW, 2000