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Top 5 Art Galleries in Australia

A short list of Australian Art Galleries you should visit at least once!


MONA - Museum of Old and New Art (Hobart)
MONA opened in January of 2011 as Australia’s largest private museum, belonging to David Walsh. It houses an incredible collection of art ranging from Egyptian mummies to some of the World’s most infamous and thought provoking contemporary art. From its architecture to its confronting and intriguing art pieces, MONA is an art gallery in a different league and definitely worth a visit if you are in Tasmania.


Open six days a week from 10am to 6pm (closed on Tuesdays), MONA is definitely worth a visit if you are in Tasmania.

Opening Hours: 10am-6pm six days a week (closed Tuesdays)
Entry Fee:  $20

Art Gallery of NSW (Sydney)
Opening in 1871, located in the heart of Sydney, Art Gallery of NSW is of Australia’s leading art museums. The art gallery not only displays a beautiful array of modern and contemporary art works but also offers breathtaking views of the city and harbour. Admission to the gallery is free, however some temporary exhibitions have an entry fee.


America – Painting a Nation is currently on exhibition here until Feb 9th (entry $20 per person).

Opening Hours: 10am-5pm daily
Entry Fee: Free (however some specific exhibitions have an entry fee)

National Gallery of Australia (Canberra)
The National Gallery of Australia located in the Australian capital city of Canberra, boasts over 160,000 works of art across four areas: Australia, Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander, Asian and European art. The gallery also hosts the Art of the Indian Subcontinent Gallery, the largest collection of art, sculptures and textiles in the region outside of India. It’s a great hub of Australian culture and art and definitely a feature in Canberra.


Opening Hours: 10:00am-5pm Daily
Entry Fee: Free (costs may apply to special exhibitions)

Gallery of Modern Art (Brisbane)
GOMA is Queensland’s premiere visual arts gallery. With a focus on art of the twentieth and twenty-first century, the gallery provides a great insight into the most recent decades of the art world. The Queensland National Art Gallery and Gallery of Modern Art are within close proximity making it easy to visit both in one day.
Currently on display is Cai Guo-Qiang: Falling Back to Earth.


Opening Hours: 10am-5pm daily
Entry Fee: Free (with the exception of some special exhibitions)‎

ACCA (Melbourne)
The list wouldn’t be complete without one from Australia’s culture city -Melbourne; Australian Centre for Contemporary Art is Australia’s leasing contemporary art gallery. Held in a beautifully designed building, fitting in nicely to Melbourne’s captivating architecture, ACCA is constantly refreshing its exhibitions and art pieces to keep the people of Melbourne and its visitors interested and involved.


Opening Hours: 10am-5pm daily (10am-8pm Wednesdays)
Entry Fee: Free (some fees may apply with special exhibitions)

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