Sydney Arts and Culture

History and contemporary collide in Sydney’s museums and galleries, with artworks from some of the world’s most renowned creatives. The city’s theatre scene is thriving, offering everything from world-touring plays and musicals to acclaimed home-grown performances. Local Sydney art galleries and spaces are also home to undiscovered masterpieces of contemporary art and performance. Enjoy world-class performances, amazing exhibitions, and festivals of colour in one of Australia’s top cultural hubs. From marvellous shows at the Sydney Opera House to the fascinating light sculptures of Vivid Sydney, the city’s cultural calendar is never bare.

Museum of Contemporary Art

Located in The Rocks, the Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA) fuses inspiring modern art with the rich heritage of the land that it inhabits. Once home to the Maritime Services Board, the stunning art deco building will engage you with works from a collection of over 4,000 pieces. The museum also plays host to stunning touring exhibitions from local and international artists.

Sydney Museum

Built over the remains of Australia’s first Government House, the Museum of Sydney celebrates the people and cultures that have helped to shape the city. Behind the historic stone facade, uncover an intriguing past and enjoy a trip through history all the way to the present.

Sydney Opera House

The Sydney Opera House is one of the world’s most creative and busiest arts centres, welcoming millions of visitors from all around the world each year. You can experience the iconic venue by catching a world-class performance – the Opera House features opera (of course!), ballet, theatre, live music, comedy, contemporary dance, musicals, and more. Before or after the show, take in incredible views and enjoy a bite from the exquisite Bennelong Restaurant.

Art Gallery of New South Wales

Explore five levels of fine art within the beautiful parklands that overlook Sydney Harbour. The Art Gallery of New South Wales is home to Australia’s largest collection of indigenous art alongside masterpieces from Asia and Europe. Only a 10-minute walk from the city centre, the Art After Hours program plays hosts to free music, performance art, film, and more.

More arts and culture

Fascinatingly bizarre, Sydney’s contemporary art galleries are a must-see if you’re after something a little more out of the ordinary. White Rabbit located in Chippendale is a superb gallery of thought-provoking contemporary Chinese artworks. While across the harbour tucked behind Luna Park you’ll discover the tranquillity of Wendy Whiteley's Secret Garden, a place to let your imagination run wild.