Sydney: Museums

17 December 2017 – 3 January 2018

Pic 2017-1230 02 NSW Art Museum (2) Edit

Sydney has several museums within the central business district to explore. We visited a few.

The Art Galleries of New South Wales located in The Domain near the Royal Botanical Gardens is a must see for art lovers and the casually curious. The main exhibits are free. We were lucky enough to be there during the “Rembrandt and the Dutch Golden Age” exhibit. The Australian and Asian art exhibits where interesting but much of the contemporary art on the lower lever was downright laughable.

Art galleries and special exhibits including one of Rembrandt’s many self portraits.

Contemporary art?  I trust Australian artists have much more than this to offer.

The Australian Museum is the oldest in Australia. The natural science museum is well done and worth the admission fee.

The Australian National Maritime Museum is located in Darling Harbour and is free except for special exhibits that include tours of a submarine, destroyer, tall ship, and steam yacht and a 3D cinema. Earlier this year we visited Pearl Harbor so we did not spend the additional time and money.

The Museum of Sydney is also the site of First Government House. A few remnants of the Government House are on display but the old structure is long gone. The Museum of Sydney is housed in a modern building. We enjoyed the interactive display of old city skyline pictures and the short film about the Harbour Bridge construction. The collection was relatively small so it can be seen without a significant time investment.

The Museum of Contemporary Art Australia is located on the Sydney Harbour and is free except for special exhibits.  There is a café on the top floor that provides nice views of the harbor when the cruise ships are not blocking it.

Hyde Park Barracks was built in 1819 to house convicts during the Colonial Period.

Other museums we did not visit but might be worth consideration are the Justice and Police Museum and Powerhouse Museum.

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