Museum of Contemporary Art
Museum of Contemporary Art
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10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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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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Neighborhood: The Rocks
The first residents of the Rocks were convicts and sailors from the old nation. As the oldest neighborhood 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.
How to get there
  • Circular Quay • 3 min walk
  • Wynyard • 10 min walk
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  • ECWorld
    Hong Kong, China2,789 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Just so so
    I had expected rather a bit more from this museum, housed as it is in a magnificent building. The interior is not particularly spacious, top floor is all about food, and the exhibitions are neither well curated nor all that interesting. Give it a quick look if you are in the area, just do not expect too much
    Visited July 2023
    Written August 14, 2023
  • Digger
    33 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Australian Contemporary art museum and its best kept secret the fabulous cafe.
    An interesting modern art museum which is free entry. There are several displays of both traditional aboriginal art and "wacky" modern installations. The best kept secret, though, is the fabulous cafe on the 4th floor which has great views of the Sydney harbour bridge. Great coffee, lovely cakes and a range of lunch items all at very reasonable prices
    Visited November 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written November 12, 2023
  • Elinor J
    5 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Nice space to wander around
    Went as an afterthought as it was raining, but enjoyed the space. For someone like me who isn’t too arty, an hour is enough to wander around. Went up to the cafe but it was closing, but seemed a nice space with great views.
    Visited December 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written December 23, 2023
  • jbushman2017
    Nipomo, California485 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Free, Great Views, Okay Collection
    This museum is directly adjacent to where all the cruise ships dock in Sydney Harbour at the base of The Rocks Area of town. The museum is free and is very accessible. The museum collection is not large which is why I gave it a 4 instead of a 5. The collection I saw was primarily showing indigenous art and it was very striking. The museum has a great cafe on the upper floor that includes both an indoors and outdoor seating area and from the cafe you can look down on the cruise ships and if there are no cruise ships, you instead get a terrific view of the Sydney Opera House. The building and its facilities are terrific. Alas, worth your time but wish there was more to see.
    Visited February 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written March 9, 2024
  • Gerd M
    Shanghai, China331 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Free arts entertainment
    Free entry to a variety of different exhibition areas from local aboriginal culture and modern derivatives, pictures, videos and art activities engaging the visitors. We liked the houses project: visitors built models of their dream houses with paper and wood, resulting in a huge collage of models covering the walls and ceiling of an entire room. Or the clay ball collection with visitors forming a clay ball of a selected color that is added to a gigantic table with thousands of balls in a hall. Great entertainment and fun for an afternoon. If you get tired, you can also enjoy the beautiful view from the coffee shop terrace.
    Visited April 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written March 27, 2024
  • Mairwen1
    United Kingdom10,910 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Harbourside Gallery - Free Entry
    If you’re exploring the Circular Quay and Rocks areas, then you might like to pop into the MCA but it’s not a must-see. I have mixed feelings about this museum. On the plus side, it has some interesting and challenging exhibitions which change regularly, it’s harbour-side location at Circular Quay makes it very easy to visit, and entry is free. On the other hand, the museum is only small and what you see here is quite sparse. It can feel a little empty. Much also depends on your view of contemporary art. It’s not always easy to engage with. Unlike most galleries, an MCA visit can be a quick visit. We weren’t in a rush and had plenty of spare time to linger over anything that caught our attention. We easily covered everything within an hour. If you have limited time, you could be much quicker. Frustratingly when we arrived at 3pm for the Biennale tour, we were told it had been cancelled. The guides are all volunteers and it’s free so whilst this was disappointing, we took it in our stride. However if you’re planning your trip around the tour like we were, I’d recommend ringing first to confirm that it is still on. Highlights were: indigenous bark paintings from the Arnott’s Collection Alick Tipoti’s dramatic masks and linocuts the 24th Biennale - ’Ten Thousand Suns’ The MCA Cafe on the top level, with a fabulous outdoor terrace overlooking the harbour, Harbour Bridge and the Opera House. NOTE: The museum is closed on Tuesdays
    Visited April 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written April 23, 2024
  • Megan C
    Chesterfield, United Kingdom546 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Free to enter museum, very good art.
    Great selection of contemporary art. Paintings, drawings, sculpture, video art and others. There is a really excellent room with first nation art, the bark paintings were good and there was a really helpful guide who was interesting to talk to. Great shop too.nice outside roof/balcony area with a view of the harbour, except when the huge cruise ships are in dock.
    Visited April 2024
    Traveled with family
    Written May 12, 2024
  • Allen U
    Fes, Morocco2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great service at Marriott Residence Inn, 148 East 48th Street, Manhattan
    Marriott Residence Inn, 148 East 48th Street, New York, NY 10017 We would like to make a special mention of Carlos Ciaudia who assisted us at our daily breakfast, consistently professional, cordial, polite, attentive, helpful with a very cheerful and upbeat disposition that was especially visible. It made the start of the day exceptionally pleasant. We also experience civil for front desk, associates, and Bellman to be very friendly and professional. Our repeat visits have been positive and trust will continue.
    Visited May 2024
    Traveled with family
    Written June 2, 2024
  • DxBrindle
    Singapore, Singapore225 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fun - Intriguing and Amusing.
    The outstanding exhibit for this year’s visit was a light sculpture by Jonathon Jones. The fluorescent lights represent the rotation of the stars in the night sky, and their light is reflected by the polished floor, which represents the sea. A simple idea - very well executed. Definitely worth five minutes consideration.
    Visited July 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 9, 2024
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Nigel G
Singapore, Singapore
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020 • Solo
The 22nd Biennial of Sydney opens tomorrow. Took a peep behind the curtains at the vernissage this afternoon. Not as interesting as some Biennials I’ve seen recently but has appeal. Quite a few video art submissions - not always my favourite art form despite the fact I saw a most inspirational video art submission at the Singapore Biennial by Wendelian van Oldenburg on the shortcomings of the Dutch occupation of Indonesia.

Colourful aboriginal art on display. Canvas hangings. Aboriginal wood carvings add colour as do some modernistic art at the entrance. Black and white art at the furthest end, but whilst dark skin makes for good photographic images, perhaps the subjects could be more photogenic to promote the subject. I’m glad I saw the exhibition - good for thought as ever.

As for the first floor MCA collection, little has changed. I visit Sydney every March and I’m sure I’ve seen the Palm Island incident video for the past three years. Culturally and ethnically important agreed, but museums should inspire by change, unless MCA are short of stock (and I don’t believe that). Time for a change? Rotation to whet the appetite. Let’s see colour and flair!

Notwithstanding, a nice museum with a nice coffee shop on the top floor with great views.
Written March 13, 2020
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Manish K
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
The Museum of Contemporary Art was the first art gallery I visited in Sydney. Located next to Circular Quay, near the landmark Harbour Bridge and Opera House, the museum is housed in a large modern building.

Apart from the location, the art collection did not really impress me much. Maybe I was expecting more, but apart from a few, the remaining artworks did not quite interest me. I found the New South Wales Art Gallery to be more of my type. That said, for those looking for contemporary artwork, this is worth spending 30 minutes in.
Written May 14, 2020
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2022 • Family
This place is my haven in Sydney. The art is always interesting, well displayed with engaged and informative staff. The cafe has the best location in Sydney with stunning views of the harbour and great food at very reasonable prices. Never been busy either when I’ve been here; go figure. I come here nearly every time I visit Sydney. A hidden treasure and a great way to spend our tax dollars.
Written January 19, 2022
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Ivan V
Melbourne, Australia
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Solo
One of the current exhibitions at the MCA is a selection of artworks, instillations and sculptures by British Artist Cornelia Parker. Her artwork from the 1980s to now is being shown and it is brilliant. If your visiting Sydney it’s well worth a look at her works. I think it’s one of the highlight exhibitions been conducted in Sydney right now.There are also other exhibitions on so you can easily spend a few hours here and there is a very good cafe on site with good views of the harbour.
Written January 24, 2020
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Randall K
Canberra, Australia
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
We spent a leisurely day wandering around the city and chose to visit here. With free entry it is certainly worthwhile visiting. Some interesting displays well set out with plenty of space to enhance the visual experience. Certainly worthwhile visiting if you are in the area.
Written February 17, 2020
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Ashley Woolnough
Wentworth Point, Australia
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2021 • Solo
The museum of contemporary arts in Sydney is my favourite art gallery. Works are provocative and unique, and the range of artists is fantastic. There was a Lindy Lee exhibition on this visit which was spectacular. I’ve been many many times and will continue to go many many more thanks to the modern, interesting curation.
Written January 18, 2021
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Brian99993
Oxford, UK
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
Housed in a large building that straddles the Rocks and the Harbour area, this is a good museum, especially for its Australian collection. There are also examples of contemporary aboriginal art, many of which are thought provoking. The gift shop is also good.
Written April 9, 2020
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2.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2020 • Friends
Great building in a great location but I was unimpressed with it as a museum. Like many contemporary art museums, the exhibition (currently Nirin for the biennale) was very sparse, sometimes just one boring multimedia installation per room. I got through the entire exhibition in under 20 minutes. The worse and more unusual thing was the terrible lighting. Most things were so dimly lit that even my excellent eyesight had trouble seeing what they were, while some lights were positioned so that you blocked them when looking at the art.
Written September 3, 2020
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CasandraTP
Sydney, Australia
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2020 • Friends
The MCA has had some mixed exhibitions over the years but the current one by Lindy Lee “Moon In A Dew Drop” is just fabulous and the best thing it is free. It shows her work over the years and do watch the videos as it shows and explains how she creates her art work. The other exhibitions are fun great to visit as well and if hungry there is a cafe on the rooftop.
Written November 7, 2020
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Jovana D
Brisbane, Australia
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Solo
I visited the museum for the first time recently on my trip to Sydney. The museum has a number of exhibitions on multiple levels and is a great showcase of Australian contemporary art. While I was there I also had a look at the shop on the ground level. I recommend going up to the rooftop where there is a cafe but also amazing views of the Harbour Bridge and Opera House. Highly recommended if you have a few hours while visiting Sydney.
Written May 13, 2023
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