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12 OF THE BEST MUSEUMS, GALLERIES, AND THEATRES IN SYDNEY

by Jasbinder Singh

Sydney’s cultural heart beats loud and proud as one of the world’s most diverse cities, with plenty to discover.There’s always something new to see and learn in a city as dynamic and multi-cultural as Sydney. From its eclectic urban street art and world-class art galleries to its magnificent museums and heritage-listed theatres, Sydney’s cultural gems are a celebration of its diversity that will captivate both your imagination and your soul.

NEW SOUTH WALES ART GALLERY

Sydney, New South Wales: Art Gallery of New South Wales Felicity Jenkins

 City centre

  • The Art Gallery of New South Wales is Sydney’s premier fine arts destination.
  • The diverse collection includes classic Australian and European pieces, as well as modern and contemporary art, Asian, Aboriginal, and Torres Strait Islander art.
  • The Archibald Prize, the country’s most prestigious portrait prize, is also held at the gallery each year. You can attend a lecture, see a film, listen to live music, and dine at the gallery’s café or restaurant, which is run by renowned Australian chef Matt Moran.

AUSTRALIA’S MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART

Sydney Museum of Contemporary Art, New South Wales Tourism Australia is a tourism organisation in Australia

 Circular Quay

  • The Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA) is committed to making art available to everyone. It celebrates contemporary artists’ work and provides a variety of ways to appreciate and engage with art. What’s the best news? The general admission is free, but additional galleries require a ticket.
  • As you walk through the gallery’s diverse and engaging exhibits, your own creativity and imagination will most likely be stimulated and inspired.

MUSEUM OF SYDNEY

Sydney Museum (New South Wales) Lana Bogunovich

 City centre

  • The Museum of Sydney tells the stories of the people and events that have shaped Sydney over time. 
  • This site, built on and around the historic ruins of Australia’s first Government House, played an important role in the country’s early years of British settlement.
  • The structure was demolished in 1845, only to be rediscovered in 1983 during an archaeological excavation that also revealed a number of artefacts.
  •  Today, this very special museum houses the historic items discovered during that fateful excavation, providing a glimpse into the events that occurred in Sydney nearly 200 years ago.

MUSEUM OF POWERHOUSE

Sydney’s Powerhouse Museum, New South Wales Destination NSW’s James Horan

 Ultimo

  • The Powerhouse Museum is a true celebration of creativity and innovation, with over 380,000 items spanning science, design, technology, history, the arts, and engineering.
  • It’s a wonderful place for people of all ages to learn about the ideas, technologies, and people who have influenced our lives and the world we live in. Don’t miss the Zero Gravity Space Lab, where you can feel weightless while living and working in space.

AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL MARITIME MUSEUM

Cultural Attractions of Australia, Australian National Maritime Museum, Sydney, New South Wales

Darling Harbour

  • Australia, as an island continent, has always had a special relationship with the sea.
  • The Australian National Maritime Museum delves deep into the country’s rich seafaring past and present.
  • The museum houses an impressive collection of items dating back to 1606, when the first Europeans arrived on Australian shores.
  •  It also tells the maritime stories of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island peoples. You can climb aboard and explore one of the world’s largest floating fleets, which includes warships, submarines, and tall ships.

AUSTRALIAN MUSEUM

Abram Powell, Abram Powell, Australian Museum, Sydney, New South Wales

Darlinghurst

  • The Australian Museum, which is on the National Register of Historic Places, was established in 1827 and is the country’s first museum.
  •  It houses the Australian Museum Research Institute and has over 21 million items, making it an important site for natural and social science research, as well as history, culture, and learning.
  • Explore the tremendous biodiversity of the earth with more than 400 species on show at the Wild Planet exhibition.
  •  Discover the intriguing cultures of the Pacific, Aboriginal, and Torres Strait Islander peoples, and take a look into the future with the interactive Climate Change display.

WHITE RABBIT GALLERY

Chippendale, Sydney, New South Wales – White Rabbit Gallery Visiting NSW is a great idea.

Chippendale

  • Since its inception in 2009, the White Rabbit Gallery has been a key component of Chippendale’s burgeoning creative arts scene.
  • Kerr and Judith Neilson founded and fund the charitable gallery, which celebrates contemporary Chinese artists.
  • It now houses a collection of over 2,000 works by nearly 700 artists, with at least 35 artists on display at any given time.
  • Make a reservation at the on-site Tea House, which serves a variety of Chinese teas and handcrafted dumplings.

STREET ART

Newtown, Sydney, New South Wales, Street Art Destination New South Wales

 Sydney and surrounds

  • Take your passion for art outside and look for impressive street art in some of Sydney’s hippest areas.
  • Newtown is a great place to start if you want to see some colourful murals and graffiti art. The heritage-listed ‘I Have a Dream’ mural on King Street is a must-see.
  • Closer to the city, take a stroll through the streets of Woolloomooloo, Darlinghurst, Surry Hills, and Chippendale, where you’ll find Scott Marsh’s famous Bin Chicken mural on Teggs Lane.
  • Don’t miss the impressive, and frequently changing, works along Bondi Beach’s Sea Wall, including those of renowned Sydney street artist Mulga, whose bright and quirky humanlike animals are instantly recognisable.

SYDNEY OPERA HOUSE

The Sydney Opera House is located in Sydney, New South Wales. Unsplash/Keith Zhu

Circular Quay

  • A live concert at Sydney’s world-famous Sydney Opera House is the ultimate Sydney bucket list experience. 
  • This UNESCO World Heritage-listed architectural marvel is one of the most renowned performing arts centres in the world, and it provides something for everyone with more than 40 events each week.
  • Check out what Opera Australia has planned for the season, or take a tour and learn all about this amazing venue’s mysteries. Bennelong, a renowned fine dining establishment, is not to be missed.

SYDNEY LYRIC THEATRE

Sydney Lyric Theatre, Sydney, New South Wales

Pyrmont

  • Sydney Lyric Theatre, located inside The Star Sydney, is one of the city’s newest theatres.
  • Matilda the Musical, The Book of Mormon, Legally Blonde, Pippin, Hamilton, and Beautiful: The Carole King Musical are just a few of the world’s most well-known musical performances that have taken place here.
  • Arrive early and enjoy a drink in the lobby bar of the theatre, which overlooks the harbour.

CAPITOL THEATRE

Capitol Theatre, Sydney, New South Wales

Haymarket

  • Capitol Theatre is a beautiful, heritage-listed theatre that has evolved over time to accommodate a variety of uses, including markets, circuses, cinemas, and theatres.
  •  Its stunning interior design today is inspired by an Italian piazza, complete with grand columns and capitals, stone cornices and statues, antique lanterns, and tiled panels.
  • Capitol Theatre is home to world-class musicals, ballets, concerts, and theatre productions.

STATE THEATRE

Sydney’s State Theatre, New South Wales 2021 Event Hospitality and Entertainment Limited, Beaver Garland

City centre

  • The opulent State Theatre first opened in 1929 and has remained an important part of Sydney’s social and cultural fabric ever since.
  • The magnificent interiors of the theatre feature an eclectic blend of Art Deco, Italian, and Gothic design elements, as well as various sculptures, artworks, fixtures, and stained glass.
  • Visit the Dress Circle gallery and take a tour to learn more about the theatre’s fascinating history and design.

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