Australian Museum, Sydney, New South Wales © Australian Museum

Australian Museum, Sydney, New South Wales © Australian Museum

12 of Sydney’s best museums, galleries and theatres

People viewing paintings and sculpture at the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, New South Wales © Felicity Jenkins

Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, New South Wales © Felicity Jenkins

Top tip

On Wednesdays check out Art After Hours when the gallery stays open until 9pm. Check out the exhibitions, join a guided tour and catch a film screening.

Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney, New South Wales © Tourism Australia

Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney, New South Wales © Tourism Australia

Museum of Sydney, New South Wales © Lana Bogunovich

Museum of Sydney, New South Wales © Lana Bogunovich

Top tip

For further insight into Sydney’s past, visit The Rocks Discovery Museum which features an intriguing collection of images and artefacts housed in an 1850s sandstone warehouse.

Aircraft display at Powerhouse Museum, Sydney, New South Wales © James Horan, Destination NSW

Powerhouse Museum, Sydney, New South Wales © James Horan, Destination NSW

Australian National Maritime Museum, Sydney, New South Wales, © Cultural Attractions of Australia

Australian National Maritime Museum, Sydney, New South Wales, © Cultural Attractions of Australia

Australian Museum, Sydney, New South Wales, © Abram Powell, Australian Museum

Australian Museum, Sydney, New South Wales, © Abram Powell, Australian Museum

SUPERNATURAL art exhibition being showcased at White Rabbit Gallery, Chippendale, Sydney, New South Wales © Destination NSW

White Rabbit Gallery, Chippendale, Sydney, New South Wales © Destination NSW

Women walking past street art on Phillip Street, Newtown, Sydney, New South Wales © Destination NSW

Street Art, Newtown, Sydney, New South Wales © Destination NSW

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 Sydney Opera House at sunset, Sydney, New South Whales © Keith Zhu/Unsplash

Sydney Opera House, Sydney, New South Whales © Keith Zhu/Unsplash

Unmissable experience

Book an exclusive Opera Australia experience to be part of a live performance with a walk-on role, a five-star dinner overlooking the harbour, private behind-the-scenes tours and other VIP experiences.

 Inside the Sydney Lyric Theatre, Sydney, New South Wales © Sydney Lyric Theatre

Sydney Lyric Theatre, Sydney, New South Wales © Sydney Lyric Theatre

Capitol Theatre, Sydney, New South Wales © Capitol Theatre

Capitol Theatre, Sydney, New South Wales © Capitol Theatre

State Theatre, Sydney, New South Wales © Beaver Garland, 2021 Event Hospitality and Entertainment Limited

State Theatre, Sydney, New South Wales © Beaver Garland, 2021 Event Hospitality and Entertainment Limited

Did you know?

The Koh-I-Nor chandelier hanging in the auditorium is the second largest hand-cut crystal chandelier in the world, weighing more than four tonnes.