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Museum of Contemporary Art

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Address: 140 George St | The Rocks, Sydney, New South Wales 2000, Australia
Phone Number: +61-2-9245-2400
10:00 am - 9:00 pm
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Fri - Wed 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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Good half day out

We love art so this is a great place to go. I wont mention specific pieces as they is so much to see and interact with. The guides were knowledgeable and respectful. It is a quiet... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
Adelaide, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

My favorite place in Sydney. The museum presents some really challenging works and I especially like the mixed media, multimedia and robotics. The New Romance exhibit was on display during my visit and did not disappoint. Lots of helpful people around, it was refreshing to have docents helping you enjoy the exhibit rather than shushing you or giving you the... More 

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Adelaide, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We love art so this is a great place to go. I wont mention specific pieces as they is so much to see and interact with. The guides were knowledgeable and respectful. It is a quiet space even with the tour groups. I was very impressed. A great rainy day outing as well.

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Perth, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

I'm usually not that attracted to what passes for "art" in some of these places, but we thought it worth a look on a short day out in the city during our holiday from Perth. What we mostly appreciated was the Refugee Art Project entries from the Villawood Detention Centre, which was hugely confronting. The works of Emily Floyd were... More 

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Bangkok, Thailand
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

i think the the focus has been more on the architecture than the art. That said they are some really interesting exhibitions with a hodge podge of good and sort of dull art.

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We had no idea the entry was free. But the exhibits were truly amazing and high quality. Loved the cafe upstairs too which has a great Habour Bridge view. and the cafe was actually serving thematic special meals linked with the exhibits. Very impressive.

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Bangkok, Thailand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

It is full of contempory art, some of it weird. the building used to be the offices of the Marine Authority and has been well adapted and enlarged. There is a deck attached to the cafe on the top floor with a fine view of the harbour.

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Guildford, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Great exhibitions, some very cool, some just plain weird. Nice environment and a great cafe. Great for a rainy day or a sunny day! I could see it keeping children entertained also.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This is one of my go to places when ever I visit Sydney, there is always a great art on exhibit here. I highly recommend the MCA after dark events. It even better now the Museum is mostly free to visit.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I'm a sucker for contemporary art and this place did not disappoint. First, the harbor side of the huge building was the backdrop of one of the most spectacular Vivid displays, somehow they managed to show with light 3D imagery of paint pouring down this side of the building, down and around the windows even. Five weeks later, we went... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is my second visit over several years. The first time I visited I tried to appreciate the works on display, and I made another valiant attempt this time. As my companion said, 'art is personal,' so let's keep this in mind. There were some interesting exhibits, like the piece where you can writer a letter to someone you want... 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.