Art Gallery of NSW
Check the website for details of touring exhibitions or simply allocate a few hours to explore the permanent collections, which chronicle world’s major arts movements in stunning, light-filled rooms – this is definitely one of the best things to do in Sydney. There are free daily guided tours in various languages along with iPod tours, but it’s easy to navigate alone. Among the permanent collections, the Asia wing features towering ceramics, bronzes and even a fully-operating Japanese tearoom, while exquisite paintings from Cezanne, Picasso and Monet are among the Western collection, and the gallery recently paid $5.4-million for Sidney Nolan’s First-Class Marksman. Venture downstairs to the fascinating Yiribana Gallery, which displays the world’s largest permanent exhibition of Aboriginal Art Torres Strait Islander art, including intricately-painted murals, bark paintings and weavings. If you happen to be in Sydney on a Wednesday night, the gallery remains open until 9pm for Art After Hours, with films, talks, performances, food and wine – a less stuffy, more social way to get an art fix.