Art Gallery of South Australia

Art Gallery of South Australia

Art Gallery of South Australia
4.5
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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A must-see in the city of Adelaide not only because it holds one of Australia's finest art collections, but also because it offers a variety of activities for all ages.
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  • C M
    Auckland Central, New Zealand811 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Well curated art gallery
    This is one of my favorite art galleries in the world and I'm constantly amazed with the ease and elegance the curator puts together seemingly disjointed artworks to form something very special. Yes we did check out the Kahlo exhibition and of course it was amazing and bursting with colour - you get to see what influenced Frida and Diego, see some of their artworks and even some of the colorful outfits Frida was so famous for. But don't miss out on the rest of the galleries amazing collection, from the traditional to the modern and provocative, all put together in a very unique and thought provoking way. Such a beautiful place!
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written August 19, 2023
  • Aberdeenyummymummy
    Bunbury, Australia136 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Get your art fix here
    I didn't spend very long here. There is a comprehensive collection of contemporary and traditional art. Some lovely bronze work and abstract stuff (I loved the photos of the orange balls in the air and may have a go at recreating it). It would have been nice to know more about some of the exhibits rather than a curt statement of the name of the artist with date of birth and death. Conveniently right next to the South Australian museum.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written September 2, 2023
  • Peter M
    Melbourne, Australia1,293 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    At Gallery of South Australia
    North Terrace has the Art Gallery, State Museum, State Library and Parliament House and all are free. The Art Gallery of SA was built in 1867 and is a State Heritage Place. The William Bragg bust statue and Live of the Stars statue is in front. It has over 45,000 works of art and only the National Gallery of Victoria is larger. The University of Adelaide is also close by
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written September 26, 2023
  • inthe831
    185 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    First time in Adelaide highlight
    I happened to arrive a few minutes before the 11 am free guided tour. Really enjoyed my time here. Smaller than expected, but they have a wide range of art from different time periods. Highly recommend stopping in.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written October 28, 2023
  • Robert D
    3,873 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Diverse collection
    I enjoyed my visit to the Art Gallery of South Australia (AGSA). There are many rooms with a variety of exhibits. Their major temporary exhibit was "Taranthi: Festival of Contemporary Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Arts". I liked the Coiled Pandanus Baskets from Gunbalanya, NT. As part of Taranthi, they had a major exhibit of Vincent Namatjira's works. (He is the great-grandson of Albert Namatjira, a talented Aboriginal artist.) "Australia in Colour" showed 21 portraits of famous people, including a self-portrait of the artist. He had also created several interesting and unique portraits of the royal family.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written November 28, 2023
  • KBofLB
    Littleborough, United Kingdom552 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Not just paintings!
    This is a well set out gallery. Each room has a theme with good explanations about the exhibits. It has examples of ceramics, sculpture (including a Rodin collection) and glass which relate to the theme in each room. The paintings are dominated by Australian pastoral scenes but there are also some European examples. The exhibits are well spaced out so that there are no overcrowding hot spots. Well worth visiting.
    Visited February 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written March 14, 2024
  • Mishy S
    Cairns, Australia31 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Wonderful
    Enjoyed all the sculptures and pieces on display. Took our time walking around and enjoying each gallery. It’s free entry and also has free guided tours at certain times. Staff are lovely and helpful.
    Visited March 2024
    Traveled with friends
    Written March 27, 2024
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gra1Sydney
Sydney, Australia242 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020
Most capital city galleries are almost too big and comprehensive to enjoy fully, but Adelaide's is just right. Their approach to hanging is a little radical, but very enjoyable, and they tend to mix old and new in a stimulating way.
The reward at the end is a wonderful coffee shop opening onto a grassy courtyar of the University.
Altogether a very pleasant experience.
Written March 5, 2020
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pen0809
Perth, Australia41 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Couples
We had our second visit to this Gallery today and like the way the collection is curated- thematically rather than chronologically. Especially loved the Morris and Islamic rooms downstairs. Definitely worth a return visit.
Written February 4, 2020
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Pantherboy
Georgetown, Australia4,671 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Friends
I have visited many art galleries around the world over the years, but had become a bit non plussed in recent years due to some pretty disappointing experiences, but this place has reinvigorated my interest. It is a wonderful mix of exhibits - the composition of the exhibits themselves being a real talking point between us. The staff are incredibly enthusiastic and helpful. Loved the Iranian / Persian exhibit, but it is a nice little adventure just wandering and exploring the whole gallery and all the amazing exhibits. Located in historic North Terrace between Parliament House and the University. It is free entry which is definitely a bonus. A wonderful afternoon in this surprising city. Highly recommend for art lovers, or just lovers of something a little bit different.
Written January 15, 2020
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rosiejo1
Adelaide, Australia70 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2021
A group of us went to the Art Gallery of South Australia to see the Clarice Beckett exhibition and it was truly worth it. The painting on display were just amazing. This woman was such a talented artist and her work was so sadly neglected for too long. The Art Gallery did a brilliant job of displaying the paintings, with enough space and light between them, that people didn't become too overwhelmed with the works. The different colours of the wall also managed to accentuate the paintings and not distract from them. The main gripe of our group was that the book of the exhibition was sold out (and had been for awhile). Apart form that, well done to the curator and all the staff involved.
Written May 2, 2021
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Tiffen
Melbourne, Australia749 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2021
I know it's always difficult when you are undertaking renovations but the main gallery seems stuffed to the rafters at times and was not what I remembered last time I was across for the Turner exhibition. The Beckett exhibition had a week to run and we got there early to ensure it would not be too crowded which was good because when we left it was. That aside, great exhibition and best of luck with the reno.
Written June 14, 2021
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empress_cherry
Canberra, Australia643 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022
On this occasion I saw (over two visits - this place, now that all sections are open, is big) Archie 100, Robert Wilson, Japanese pottery, and the rehung Australian galleries, as well as wandering through the International galleries which have not been rehung since I visited last year.
I enjoyed Archie 100, but I think you'd need to be an art nerd like me to enjoy it, it's quite academic. I enjoyed Robert Wilson too, it was weird, which I like. Japanese pottery was amazing for a free show.
If you can only assign this place a couple of hours, I'd recommend skipping the paid shows and just seeing the wonderful thematic International galleries (they're edgy, but art is meant to challenge!) and the Australian galleries which are now also thematic (they're not edgy, but are very charming, look out for the Clarice Beckett wall and the still lifes of local Nora Heysen).
Written September 14, 2022
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Douglas R
Tenterden, UK879 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020 • Couples
Free entry makes this a must with some amazing displays mixing old with new. Aboriginal, traditional, sculptures, fabrics all arranged tastefully.
Wasn’t busy and staff were super friendly......
Tip....don’t take big bags ..you will have to put them in cloakrooms.
Written April 13, 2020
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Anne J
Colchester, UK87 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
The hanging of art thematically was interesting for us....great selection of art works which are displayed well so no issues with reflection or dimness today.
We took two Guided tours of the gallery which were both outstanding and greatly deepened our appreciation of what we were looking at.
All staff we met very friendly and helpful.
Written February 12, 2020
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Katrina A
Hackham, Australia151 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2020
Decided to come the Monday of the October Long Weekend after watching South Aussie with Cosi the night before. The artwork was pretty spectacular & we thought the 'Blood Vessel' Artwork was very cook. Worth a stop in as part of a day out in Adelaide City.
Written October 5, 2020
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CruisinSusan2014
Reading, UK167 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2021 • Friends
What a lovely treat especially for a tourist with little time. The art gallery is compact and the exhibits are themed which makes for some very attractive displays.
You will find classic and abstract art, various sculptures and a large representation of aboriginal art, crafts photographs and culture delivered through films.
There is a gift and coffee shop and elevators. each section is easy to access. admission is free allow at least an hour to appreciate the various collections.
Written January 16, 2021
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