CBD and Downtown Sydney Cultural Attractions
Our top picks
There is so much you can do in Sydney. Even the locals like to play tourist and they discover more than they imagined. You too can discover great traditional and contemporary art, the most famous building in Australia and across the water Australia’s oldest.
Speaking of the oldest, there is a collection of museums dedicated to preserving the past and explaining why we are here and who we are. So explore!
Art Gallery of New South Wales
Art Gallery Road Sydney NSW 2000
Info Line 1800 679 278 or 02 9225 1700
Open daily. Closed Good Friday & Christmas Day
“The Art Gallery of NSW is one of Australia’s leading art museums. Over one million visitors a year enjoy the Gallery’s collection of Australian, Aboriginal, European, Asian and contemporary art. Located within beautiful parklands overlooking Sydney Harbour and only 15 minutes walk from the city centre. Admission to the Gallery is free, and so are our permanent galleries and most exhibitions and events.“
Cnr William and College Streets Sydney NSW 2000
Ph 02 9320 6000
“The Australian Museum has been inspiring the exploration of nature and culture for more than 190 years. Learn more about what we do, our extraordinary collections or our fascinating history.“
245 Wilson Street Eveleigh NSW 2015
Ph 02 8571 9099 (10am-6pm)
“Carriageworks is the largest multi-arts centre in Australia. We commission Australian and International artists to make monumental new work that intersects with contemporary ideas. Reflecting on the diverse communities of urban Sydney, our artist-led program is ambitious, radical and always inclusive.“
Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences – Powerhouse Museum
500 Harris Street Ultimo NSW 2007Ph 02 9217 0111
Open daily 10am to 5pm. Closed Christmas Day
“We are Australia’s contemporary museum for excellence and innovation in applied arts and sciences. Established in 1879, our venues include Powerhouse Museum, Sydney Observatory and Museums Discovery Centre. We are uniquely placed to demonstrate how technology, engineering, science and design impact Australia and the world.“
Sydney Observatory – Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences
Upper Fort Street Millers Point NSW 2000
Ph 02 9217 0111
Open Daytime: Monday to Sunday 10am to 5pm Free Admission
Open Nightime: Monday to Sunday. Start times vary according to time of year.
Tours only. Bookings essential.”
Closed Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Eve.
“We are Australia’s contemporary museum for excellence and innovation in applied arts and sciences. Established in 1879, our venues include Powerhouse Museum, Sydney Observatory, and Museums Discovery Centre. We are uniquely placed to demonstrate how technology, engineering, science, and design impact Australia and the world.“
Museum of Contemporary Arts
140 George Street The Rocks NSW 2000
“Spectacular waterfront location overlooking Circular Quay and the Opera House. Dedicated to exhibiting, collecting and interpreting contemporary art. The collection contains over 4,000 Australian works.” MORE INFO
State Library of New South Wales
Corner of Macquarie Street and Shakespeare Place Sydney NSW 2000Ph 02 9273 1414
“The State Library of NSW collects and preserves materials and evidence relating to our place in the world and makes them accessible to everyone in New South Wales and beyond. The Library exists in order to support and encourage research, debate, conversation, inspiration, learning and enjoyment. We welcome all people and strive to serve them all equally well, whether they visit us in person on Macquarie Street, online, or through their local public library.“
Sydney Opera House
Bennelong Point Sydney NSW 2000
Ph 02 9250 7111 (Monday to Friday, 9am-5pm AEST)
“Sydney Opera House stands by itself as one of the indisputable masterpieces of human creativity, not only in the 20th century but in the history of humankind”
Sydney Living Museums
Museum Of Sydney, Hyde Park Barracks, Justice & Police Museum, Vaucluse House, The Mint, Elizabeth Farm, Susannah Place, Rose Seidler House, Rouse Hill Estate, Elizabeth Bay House, Caroline Simpson Library & Research Collection,
Head Office, The Mint, 10 Macquarie Street Sydney, NSW 2000
Ph 02 8239 2288
“A group of 12 museums, houses and gardens that will take you on a remarkable journey through time and place to experience a whole other life.“
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