Attractions

Top Choice Gallery in City Centre & Haymarket

Art Gallery of NSW

With its neoclassical Greek frontage and modern rear, this much-loved institution plays a prominent and gregarious role in Sydney society. Blockbuster international touring exhibitions arrive regularly and there's a…
Top Choice Museum in Darling Harbour & Pyrmont

Australian National Maritime Museum

Beneath a soaring roof, the Maritime Museum sails through Australia’s inextricable relationship with the sea. Exhibitions range from Indigenous canoes to surf culture, immigration to the navy. The worthwhile ‘big ti…
Top Choice Museum in Surry Hills & Darlinghurst

Australian Museum

Under ongoing modernisation, this museum, established just 40 years after the First Fleet dropped anchor, is brilliant. A standout is the section covering Aboriginal history and spirituality, from Dreaming stories t…
Top Choice Museum in Surry Hills & Darlinghurst

Sydney Jewish Museum

This recently revamped museum revolves around a detailed and expertly curated exhibition on the Holocaust, with sobering personal testimonies and moving objects as well as a memorial section for the 1.5 million chil…
Top Choice Gallery in Surry Hills & Darlinghurst

Brett Whiteley Studio

Acclaimed local artist Brett Whiteley (1939–1992) lived fast and without restraint. His hard-to-find studio (look for the signs on Devonshire St) has been preserved as a gallery for some of his best work. Pride of p…
Top Choice Museum in Newtown & the Inner West

Powerhouse Museum

A short walk from Darling Harbour, this cavernous science and design museum whirs away inside the former power station for Sydney’s defunct, original tram network. The collection and temporary exhibitions cover ever…
Top Choice Museum in Newtown & the Inner West

Nicholson Museum

Within the University of Sydney's quadrangle, this is one of the city's great under-the-radar attractions. Combining modern ideas with ancient artefacts, it's an intriguing collection of Greek, Roman, Cypriot, Egypt…
Top Choice Museum in Circular Quay & The Rocks

Rocks Discovery Museum

Divided into four displays – Warrane (pre-1788), Colony (1788–1820), Port (1820–1900) and Transformations (1900 to the present) – this small, excellent museum, tucked away down a Rocks laneway, digs deep into the ar…
Top Choice Gallery in Newtown & the Inner West

White Rabbit

If you're an art lover or a bit of a Mad Hatter, this particular rabbit hole will leave you grinning like a Cheshire Cat. There are so many works in this private collection of cutting-edge, contemporary Chinese art …
Museum in City Centre & Haymarket

Hyde Park Barracks Museum

Convict architect Francis Greenway designed this squarish, decorously Georgian structure (1819) as convict quarters. Fifty thousand men and boys sentenced to transportation passed through here in 30 years. It later …