One of country's best and most challenging galleries, the MCA is a showcase for Australian and international contemporary art. Aboriginal art features prominently. The fab Gotham City–style art deco building bears the wounds of a redevelopment that has grafted on additional gallery space and a rooftop cafe/sculpture terrace – and ruined the George St facade in the process.

Volunteer-led guided tours are offered at 11am and 1pm daily, and at 7pm Thursdays and 3pm on weekends.