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Art Gallery of NSW

Art lovers are within easy reach of one of Sydney’s finest cultural institutions, the Art Gallery of New South Wales. A 12-minute walk or 5-minute drive from the hotel, this expansive museum is home to an acclaimed collection of Australian art, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander works. Permanent galleries in the handsome Victorian-era building showcase centuries-old European paintings, while other rooms display contemporary pieces by national artists. The Art Gallery of NSW also hosts the annual exhibition of the Archibald Prize, a prestigious portrait competition, as well as a round-up of the best pieces of student art from across the state. When you’ve had your fill of art, head to the friendly on-site café for coffee and cake, or enjoy lunch in the stylish water-view restaurant. Admission to the gallery is free.