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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 am - 9:00 pm
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Wed 10:00 am - 9:00 pm
Thu - Tue 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

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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First time visit to the MCA which was interesting. We also viewed the Tatsuo Miyajima exhibition: Connect With Everything, which was something completely different and I would... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 5 days ago
Campbelltown, Australia
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Ideally located at Circular Quay right by the water in the historic district of the Rocks between the bridge and the Opera House, this museum is nevertheless somewhat underwhelming. For a start, it's really quite small, limiting the amount to be seen. The design itself is also a bit odd. It's free though (headline exhibitions excepted) and a good place... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This museum has rotating exhibits so it is fun to return to over and over. The museum is on the smaller side- you can see the whole thing in a couple of hours. The staff is very knowledgeable and encourage questions. I was a little disappointed that the "sculpture " garden on the roof contained only one sculpture. I would... More 

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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Unfortunately besides having 30 minutes out of the hot weather, The exhibition is boring. The building is nice and well air conditioned. Besides that, it is boring and most of the art work is not impressive. It's free entry. Should turn it into a music/ sport exhibition and use it to outline the great Australian music And sport Legacy during... More 

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Campbelltown, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

First time visit to the MCA which was interesting. We also viewed the Tatsuo Miyajima exhibition: Connect With Everything, which was something completely different and I would recommend that you spend time watching the video interview with Tatsuo at the beginning of the exhibition as it really provides a great understanding of his work and the concepts behind them. We... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We have been coming to the MCA since its inauguration although less regularly now we no longer live in Sydney. We learned early to go for the art on offer and to ignore the rest of the 'experience'. Things haven't changed much really. Many of the staff appear to be part of some sort of performance of 'work' rather than... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

We stopped in here for 30 minutes to get out of the heat. We enjoyed the 40 years of Contemporary Art exhibit. The museum is free - except for special exhibits.

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

You'd need to be a hard core fan of Contemporary Art to visit here. It's a nice building with plenty to see, but if your idea of art is more to the Monet or Picasso variety, then you'll probably walk out disappointed.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I dragged my husband here on a rainy day, he was surprised at how much he enjoyed it as the Tatsuo Miyajima exhibit was happening...new art can be anything with amazing light effects.

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

It was a hot day so I called in to the museum to get some aircon. 🙂 I expected a lot more art work. There was a lot of space with few art work. I expected better but the air con was great!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This Museum of Contemporary Art is a must for any traveller to Sydney who is interested in this type of attraction. Even though I spent about 4 hours there in total, the time just passed effortlessly. There is a restaurant area overlooking the harbour, which, if you get the right seating, offers fantastic views while you have your refreshments. Both... More 

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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.
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