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Museum of Contemporary Art

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Address: 140 George St | The Rocks, Sydney, New South Wales 2000, Australia
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+61 2 9245 2400
10:00 - 21:00
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Wed 10:00 - 21:00
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Welcome to Australia's Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA), dedicated to...

Welcome to Australia's Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA), dedicated to exhibiting, collecting and interpreting the work of today's artists.

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A leading gallery space that warrants repeat (but selective) visits

We were there mainly for the Tatsuo Miyajima exhibition, "Connect with Everything", having seen some of his work on Naoshima art island. It was an excellent retrospective, and in... read more

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We were there mainly for the Tatsuo Miyajima exhibition, "Connect with Everything", having seen some of his work on Naoshima art island. It was an excellent retrospective, and in keeping with the MCA's programme of international artists. Less impressive were Primavera at 25, and Today, Tomorrow, Yesterday - much of the work was either highly derivative, or poorly executed. A... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

From the sublime to the ridiculous via the mundane. This will challenge your definition of art. Plus it's air conditioned, so at least there's that. Worth a look if you're at circular key, but whether your a post modernist or a day tripper - don't go too far out of your way.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

New visited this museum on our last day in Sydney. The special exhibition for which you have to pay $22 each is absolutely worth it - Tatsuo Miyajima's 'Connect with Everything' is really something special. Don't miss it! We were both a lot less convinced by the other two (free) exhibitions that we viewed - 'Today Tomorrow Yesterday' and 'Primavera'.... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

Contemporary art is not really my thing, still I've seen quite a few pieces that I could appreciate and as it's free, you can't go wrong

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The artworks are possibly not to everyone's liking but this relatively small collection has some intriguing works varying from the paint and canvas, to installations, moving objects and a few sculptures. It gives a very good glimpse into what's happening in the modern arena. It does have guest exhibitors and there was a special exhibition on when I visited unfortunately... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Lovely building and very interesting collections even if you are not an art expert. Some pieces generate quite a lot of discussion. Definitely worth a visit if you are in Circular Quay or the Rocks. The permanent collections are free to visit. Lovely rooftop cafe and the ride in the glass fronted lift provides a great view onto Circular Quay.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

One needs to be an aficionado of this type of art in order to appreciate it. I only came across one work that I thought was remotely interesting the rest I found boring and over-hyped with pretentious comments from the artists themselves. Not to my taste.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A very interesting temporary exhibition of Tatsuo Miyajima. Free daily guided tour for the permanent collection. Lots of playful works of Australian artists. Nice rooftop terrace. Have to admit that I left the building in a very good mood.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Even if you can't understand half the installations - still worth a trip. Lovely building with views of Circular Quay

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Whilst the MCA is my favourite art gallery in Sydney, its definitely hit or miss. Some of the 'art' makes me laugh as you wonder how its in a gallery (yes I know art is subjective, just my opinion) however many of the guest exhibits are amazing and always recommend paying the entry fee for these. Even if the exhibits... More 

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The first residents of the Rocks were convicts and sailors from the old nation. As the oldest neighbourhood in the city, the area's cobblestone streets host more than 100 heritage sites and buildings, including the oldest house in Sydney, Camden Cottage, which was built in 1816. Taste a “midi “ or a “schooner” of beer and dine “al fresco” on the waterfront at some of the oldest pubs in Sydney. The weekend markets at the Rocks are where you can find local artists' hand-made souvenirs, organic food and designer jewelry in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere. To enjoy some of the best Australian and international contemporary art, the MCA museum is open every day and select evenings. At the end of a long day of sightseeing, be sure to save energy to dance the night away at the area's many late night entertainment venues.
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