Blue Mountains Cultural Centre

Blue Mountains Cultural Centre

Blue Mountains Cultural Centre
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 - 4:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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Opened 17 November 2012, the Blue Mountains Cultural Centre features the Blue Mountains City Art Gallery and World Heritage Exhibition which is devoted to education about the distinctive environment, history and culture of the Blue Mountains region. The Cultural Centre is co-located with the new Katoomba Library. The Cultural Centre showcases innovative, diverse, distinctive and creative cultural programs for enjoyment by residents of, and visitors to, the Blue Mountains. Built on the highest point in Katoomba with panoramic views of the World Heritage area, it links the main shopping precinct on Katoomba Street through enhanced pedestrian connections. CLOSED PUBLIC HOLIDAYS.
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Heidi
Sydney, Australia31 contributions
I really enjoyed visiting the Cultural Centre, the artworks were beautiful and the staff were very friendly and informative. The admission price was reasonable I only wished there was more to see here as it was not as big as I was expecting. The shop had a fantastic variety of unique items however I did feel some items were slightly overpriced. I would definitely recommend this to anyone looking for something to do on a rainy day in Katoomba.
Written July 28, 2022
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Meg rennie
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Great thing to do at any time but especially on a rainy day. I went when the Arthur Boyd exhibition was on and it was very informative. Entry prices are very reasonable. I also enjoyed the separate exhibition of the blue mountains history. A third small exhibition was a silent auction of many small works which was a fund raiser to buy a new piece of art. All wonderful.
Written March 15, 2021
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Nobledelettres
9 contributions
After a hideous experience at the Petalura Cafe in Mount Victoria we licked our wounds and headed for the cafe at the Blue Mountains Cultural Centre in Katoomba...and what a joy! Space for small children, such truly friendly staff, delicious food even for vegos and an art gallery, library and amazing vistas from every angle!!
Our little ones even knocked their plate of blueberry tart on the carpet and the staff just brushed away our concern. It was a brilliant space for little ones to stretch their legs and for mothers groups, no doubt, to congregate (one was there during our visit).
Please go and enjoy great service and great food :)
Written January 8, 2015
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CardiffMaddie
Cardiff, UK1,478 contributions
Couples
Your first challenge here is to find the way in. It's not an obvious entrance off the street but via a back lane. It's just $5 each admission for adults. It has a natural history section covering the discovery of the Blue Mountains by the settlers. I was a little disappointed not to find out more about the indigenous population. They're was a mere token mention of the various tribes of Aborigines that originally lived in the area. There was an interesting area where you could listen first hand to a variety of people's thoughts and contributions to the exhibition via headphones and some interesting quotes on the wall, but these were hard to read due to poor lighting.
They also had a visiting exhibition of portraits: photographic and painted/sketched. This was really interesting. They have a lookout point with views across the town and beyond, but I feel they missed a trick here, with no shaded seating area with an opportunity to sell us cold drinks or coffee.... They have a little cafe indoors though. Interesting and good value, but left a little disappointed.
Written January 26, 2020
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Candice W
Adelaide34 contributions
Couples
If you enjoy history and have time to read the displays and listen to the commentaries then this is worthwhile.
Written November 8, 2017
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countryeater
Southern Highlands, Australia50 contributions
Couples
Put simply, the World Heritage audio visual display which is one part of the Centre is world class. The combination of surround sound and projected video on enormous screens showing the beauty of the World Heritage area, the interactive displays telling the story the European and indigenous history of this area, the map floor and the oral history kiosks is just enthralling. I have been to the Blue Mountains many times and only just discovered this gem.

The gallery space usually showing art is also outstanding. High ceilings, modern white lines and good lighting make it a comfortable space in which to appreciate art. I am not a fan of all of Brett Whitely's work which was the featured attraction in the gallery however this is an example of the quality to be found here.

I did not have time to try to the café. The adjoining Cultural Centre is better than most art gallery shops. Reasonable prices, no rubbish on sale and a great deal of local artistic product make it a worthwhile stop in its own right.
Written November 30, 2014
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MartinConboy
Sydney, Australia416 contributions
Its a modern center with amazing scenic views. It has an art gallery, a well stocked library and runs various programs ie history talks. If you are visiting Katoomba and you just want to hand -it has a very good magazine collection and very comfy seats - I had plonked myself down for a couple of hours and filled in time. It has good wifi as well.
Written March 14, 2018
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emily565
gosford64 contributions
Friends
Great for a rainy afternoon in Katoomba. Love the atmosphere and always something interesting to see. And the library is great to sit and browse a book or two. Wish where I live had a centre like this. Good stuff, Katoomba!
Written April 25, 2016
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Shirley D
Albury, Australia247 contributions
Couples
Even though it was only $5 (or $3 for concession) I was disappointed to find that a small regional gallery was charging for seeing any of their artworks - especially when the main art gallery was closed due to a new exhibition being mounted. I can understand a small fee for a special exhibition but not just for their general art.
Written March 31, 2015
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9wonders
Leura, Australia63 contributions
Family
Visited here a few times, with my kids and elderly Aunty, and then my Mum, they all loved it, has some wonderful Art Exhibitions in the Regional Gallery on show and when we were there a free showing of old films, as well as a choir singing in the foyer, what a bonus. The info shared on the Blue Mountains and the stories of people who lived there wonderful. The cafe serves tasty food, lovely coffee and the open space outside is a bonus, wonderful views too. The staff here a wonderful. A much needed place for Katoomba to showcase its other attributes. It also has the library next to it, which has free wifi and wonderful books to read for adults and kids, aswell as space too book for meetings. Love it, what a wonderful hub :)
Written February 9, 2015
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Blue Mountains Cultural Centre is open:
  • Mon - Fri 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Sat - Sun 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM