Best Art and Culture Museums in Sydney


Sydney is more than just bright cafes and stunning beachfront stretches that everyone talks about. It is also an art and culture hot spot with many museums and cultural gatherings happening all through the year.

Discover a whole new way of looking into the art, history, and science and cultural of Sydney, and the world, with this stunning list of best museums to see in this colourful and most populous city in Australia.

Art Gallery in New South Wales

Also called Art Gallery NSW, this museum is one of the primary destinations in Sydney for art and culture lovers around the world. Established in 1871 in Hyde Park, it holds a huge collection of Australian and world art including some stunning works from European old masters. The permanent collection of the public gallery is free to visit but some specific shows need tickets. The museum has over one million visitors every year.

Museum of Sydney

This museum, which is built on the ruins of house of First Governor of New South Wales, houses a lot or historical collections and exhibits that speak about the history and culture of Sydney. Some of its permanent exhibits include artefacts that reflect the Aboriginal culture and 11 kid-friendly models of the British boats that arrived at Sydney in 1788. There are also some seasonal and temporary exhibitions that focus on Sydney-centric design, architecture and fashion.

Madame Tussauds Sydney

This wax museum located in the Darling Harbour of Sydney needs no introduction. Opened in 2012, it features wax figures of well-known people from all over the world and is a good place to visit with family. It offers a once-in-a-lifetime experience of getting up-close with some of the most famous people. It also has some interactive features for kids and elders to indulge and is open from 10 am. Price for tickets vary based on the events and visiting time.

Museum of Contemporary Art

This stunning museum whose displays include paintings, sculptures, photography and video art and different installations is housed in an art deco building that is very grand and overlooks the ferries of Circular Quay. Most of the collections in this museum are dedicated to Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander and Australian artists. One of its floor displays a very impressive and changing archive of more than 4,000 art pieces.

Susannah Place Museum

Visiting this place is more like opening a family album of more than a hundred families that lived in this oldest neighbourhood of Sydney from 1844 to 1990. The Susannah Place Museum is a row of a few terrace houses that shed light on the life and work of the Irish immigrants who lived here. It offers a glimpse of the working-class heritage of the good old times.