Museum of Contemporary Arts, Sydney - Sydney, NSW

Museum of Contemporary Arts, Sydney

The Museum of Contemporary Art (abbreviated MCA) in Sydney, Australia is a museum solely dedicated to exhibiting, interpreting and collecting contemporary art, both from across Australia and around the world.

Housed in the Art Deco-style former Maritime Services Board Building on the western edge of Circular Quay, the MCA is one of the youngest of the chief cultural venues in Australia's largest city.

A short walk from the ferry wharves and train and bus terminals takes you to MCA.

The MCA was established to fulfil the museum aspect of the vision of Australian expatriate artist John Power (1881–1943), who bequeathed his personal fortune to the University of Sydney to inform and educate Australians in the contemporary visual arts. With the relocation of the Maritime Services Board (MSB) to larger premises in 1989, the former MSB Building was gifted by the NSW State Government to the Museum of Contemporary Art. Funded by the University of Sydney and the Power Bequest, restoration and refurbishment of the building commenced in 1990. In November 1991 the Museum of Contemporary Art officially opened.

Open Hours: 10am-5pm daily; closed Christmas Day.



The MCA has a number of collections and also holds work in trust for other organisations. The MCA draws on its collections for various exhibitions. Permanent and visiting exhibitions of various types of contemporary art are a feature of the museum.

Contact Details

(02) 9245 2400


Museum of Contemporary Arts Sydney, 140 George Street, Sydney.
Sydney, NSW, 2000