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Museum of Contemporary Art

Art Museum, Art Gallery, and Event Space
Circular Quay, Sydney
  • Lady H.
    "Free entry unless you want to see their special exhibits."(8 Tips)
    "The Biennale is amazing, definitely must see it."(4 Tips)
    Jason D.
    "Chuck Close retrospective was amazing!!!!"(4 Tips)
    Ivy T.
    "Good place to relax and enjoy the view of Sydney Opera House."(17 Tips)
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  • Ashley H.
    Ashley HoweJanuary 6, 2016
    On a sunny day the view from the cafe is great. On a rainy day, not so much. There's free entry (unless you want to see their collection on the 3rd floor). Good to while away some time on a rainy day
  • Jesus V.
    Jesus VidalDecember 23, 2015
    This is my mandatory stop while in Sydney. It's beautiful, it's always interesting, it's free and the roof top coffee shop has excellent food and amazing views
  • Ting
    TingNovember 20, 2014
    Not the strongest of contemporary arts museum but nonetheless it is worthwhile to take a look if you find yourself having some time in your hands in the rocks area. Free access.
  • Surface Magazine
    Surface MagazineOctober 4, 2016
    Circular Quay is home not only to the Opera House, but one of the most important institutions, the Museum of Contemporary Art, which holds a dress circle location overlooking Sydney Harbor. Read more
  • Simon M.
    Simon MMay 6, 2015
    You can get a great view of the Opera House and Harbour Bridge from the fourth floor of the museum. Just go onto the cafe terrace (no purchase required!)
  • Pantelis R.
    Pantelis RoussakisJune 10, 2013
    Make sure you visit all the floors of the Gallery and ask questions of the staff they're really quite approachable and knowledgable, you'll get a lot more out of the experience
  • National Geographic Traveller (UK)
    Across town at The Rocks you’ll find the newly renovated Museum of Contemporary Art, an imposing art deco-style building on the western edge of Circular Quay. Read more
  • Nur Amni Aqilah
    Nur Amni AqilahOctober 9, 2015
    If you're at circular quay, drop by at the museum and check it out! It's free. And the art is interesting. I just wished there were people to explain the art for a more hands on experience.
  • Smart Workshop
    Smart WorkshopMarch 10, 2011
    We love Sydney's MCA. It's seen some truly wonderful artists, including some of our favourites, like Annie Leibovitz and Olafur Eliasson. Make it into a day, and explore The Rocks right behind.
  • Margherita B.
    The museum is free of entrance, so I'd recommend paying a visit. Don't forget to check the café out
  • Stacey~Marie
    Stacey~MarieNovember 26, 2013
    The 2nd floor host MCA's permanent collection and it's FREE to the public. Museum closes promptly at 5 PM. Also, FREE, fast Wi-Fi!!!
  • Nelson L.
    Nelson LAugust 8, 2014
    Been here 25+ times
    Well worth it becoming a member...unlimited entry to paid exhibitions,10% off at the cafe and MCA store as well as special invites to events. #nobrainer
  • Rebecca
    RebeccaFebruary 7, 2015
    While Chuck Close is a crowd pleaser, the MCA collection is also well positioned and certainly worth a visit any day!
  • Paul F.
    Paul FarrellMay 10, 2015
    Visiting shows are the draw, but the permanent collection is worthy of your time. Rebecca Baumann's automated colour field is really fun
  • Peter R.
    Peter RFebruary 5
    Permanent collection is free and really good! Nice view of the bridge and Opera House from the cafe on level four.
  • Stanisław Adam S.
    Stanisław Adam SzostakDecember 18, 2014
    Nice permanent exhibition, although I found it a bit too apologetix towards Australian history. Good temporary exhibitions, lots of activites available
  • alex
    alexJuly 20, 2012
    The Biennale is amazing, definitely must see it. All other exhibitions are great, too.
  • Joscha F.
    Joscha FethSeptember 22, 2014
    Even if you don't like museums, bring enough time - usually there is something in the MCA that can draw your attention!
  • Ivy T.
    Ivy TamSeptember 8, 2014
    Good place to relax and enjoy the view of Sydney Opera House. Free entry.
  • Jay W.
    Jay WilliamsDecember 21, 2012
    Great museum. Really innovative work and also FREE. Nice neighborhood for post-museum drinks/food as well.
  • J
    JFebruary 26, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    Get the membership for access to lounge with free non-alcoholic drinks and a good working space.
  • Sheep
    SheepMarch 5, 2016
    Ground floor and first floors have free galleries. You're not allowed to take water bottles inside so be aware!
  • Jenny J.
    Jenny JaakkolaApril 5, 2015
    Free, inspiring, artsy obviously but not too full on on the contemporary side! Warmly recommended!
  • Vivian W.
    Vivian WongSeptember 20, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Always great for a stroll through fot some creative inspiration - love the view from upstairs cafe/bar
  • Westin Hotels & Resorts
    The Museum of Contemporary Art is located in the Rocks, the oldest neighborhood in Sydney.
  • Jim M.
    Jim McDermottAugust 28, 2012
    They have an app; not all that helpful yet, but shows potential. And lots of friendly staff around to help you use it.
  • Dominic C.
    Dominic CarterMarch 6, 2016
    As some parts of MCA are free of charge, it's a nice 'drop-in' whenever you are in the area
  • Jackson T.
    Jackson TsaiJanuary 21, 2015
    One of my favorite museums! Contemporary art at its best!
  • Karim C.
    Karim ChanMay 1, 2012
    Loads of interesting 'art' , more than you could think of, wide spaces and well planned displays
  • Miles N.
    Miles NgNovember 8, 2015
    Scenic views at the rooftop cafe! FREE ENTRY. 👍🏼
  • Sophie T.
    Sophie ThiebautAugust 26, 2014
    High level art exhibits. A must see if you love art and visit Sydney
  • Mariana D.
    Mariana D'AndreaApril 10, 2013
    Free entry and Nice view from the terrace cafeteria
  • Angelique M.
    Angelique MilojevicJanuary 12, 2010
    For some creative stimulation in your business visit Museum of Contemporary Art. After visiting take your laptop, wireless internet & sit @park opposite museum. You're creative juices will be flowing Read more
  • Lance J.
    Lance JonesAugust 7, 2015
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  • Nicole S.
    Nicole SmithMarch 11, 2013
    Possibly the best gallery in Australia, consistently good stuff!
  • Bianca B.
    Bianca BuenoMay 9, 2016
    What's on right now. Free guided tours available
  • Svante J.
    Svante JerlingDecember 27, 2014
    I recommend the chuck close exhibition that is on dec 2014.
  • Daniel M.
    Daniel MulhernApril 19, 2012
    New cafe is really nice. Great view and selection of food
  • Kirsty D.
    Kirsty DFebruary 25, 2015
    Chuck Close was well worth the ticket price
  • Filipe C.
    Filipe CardeiraMarch 16, 2013
    Great to have a venue like the MCA in Sydney. Great views from the bar on level 3.
  • Travel + Leisure
    Travel + LeisureJuly 27, 2012
    Carve out an afternoon to explore the new wing of Sydney’s Museum of Contemporary Art.
  • Biennale of Sydney
    Biennale of SydneyJuly 8, 2012
    Visit the MCA to see 18th Biennale of Sydney, international festival of contemporary art - on now until 16 Sept. For more info:
  • Lady H.
    Lady HobolinaJanuary 31, 2016
    Free entry unless you want to see their special exhibits.
  • Craig W.
    Craig WilsonNovember 25, 2012
    Spectacular venue for a function. Food is amazing.
  • Michael F.
    Michael FrancoisSeptember 2, 2012
    Worth another visit after the recent renovation. Still wonderful.
  • J
    JNovember 7, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Limited art on display, but free entry. Check out the cafe
  • Michal
    MichalJanuary 19, 2016
    Much better than other popular places and much cheaper.
  • Will N.
    Will NobleMay 19, 2012
    The Mordant Wing. They say God is in the detail. The atheists will be delighted with this building.
  • John
    JohnJanuary 26, 2016
    Real nice and diverse exhibitions
  • Ian B.
    Ian BartlettJune 17, 2012
    Cafe on top floor. Stunning views.
  • Vivid Sydney
    Vivid SydneyApril 12, 2011
    Vivid Sydney - Light, Music, Ideas will be colouring this city with creativity at night. Lights on at 6pm from 27th May - 13th June. Read more
  • D S.
    D SmithApril 1, 2012
    Every Thursday from 10:00 am, "The Clock" & the cafe are open for 24 h. Ends May 31
  • Jason D.
    Jason DennyFebruary 21, 2015
    Chuck Close retrospective was amazing!!!!
    NIKITA DhulekarJanuary 14, 2016
    The first level is free. Other levels are ticketed.
  • Christopher D.
    Christopher DusseldorpJanuary 18, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Awesome rooftop cafe! Great views...
  • P. L. C.
    P. L. CancelleriApril 3, 2015
    Must visit. Well-curated and always interesting.
  • Feisal F.
    Feisal FeiMarch 5, 2015
    Free entrance..thats it!
  • Michal H.
    Michal HicksJune 4, 2010
    Check out the biennale 2010 here and then head to @Baroquebistro for a feed - you get a free french macaron when you check in 3 times. Read more
  • Julia C.
    Loving the Biennale install here.
  • Kimberley L.
    Kimberley LeeApril 23, 2013
    Yummy food with a view
  • Dezzy
    DezzyNovember 11, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    A good place to escape the rain some days xD hehe
  • Roscoe S.
    Roscoe SMarch 25, 2013
    Anish Kapoor exhibition is a mind bender. Really clever.
  • Jim M.
    Jim McDermottAugust 28, 2012
    Very, very contemporary. Don't come here looking for landscapes, portraits.
  • Babak E.
    Babak ElinMarch 14
    MCA collection , sculpture by linda marrinon
  • Ivan K.
    Ivan KayeMarch 17, 2013
    Amish kapoor - quite a genius
  • Simon B.
    Simon BloomfieldApril 9, 2012
    At last an MCA for Sydney that feels worthy of the title.
  • Guido S.
    Guido SteuselFebruary 20, 2014
    Free entrance Work from Gloria Petyarre
  • D S.
    D SmithApril 1, 2012
    No bathrooms in the main foyer. Go up to level 2.
  • Warlach
    WarlachNovember 20, 2009
    Visit this wonderful gallery - great art, great space and great staff.
  • Charlie S.
    Charlie ShielsAugust 28, 2016
    Off the wall art but brilliant
  • Erin S.
    Erin StewartSeptember 29, 2012
    Nice views from the fouth floor cafe.
  • D S.
    D SmithApril 6, 2012
    The cafe has spectacular views.
  • Simon
    SimonMarch 22
    Amazing arancini!
  • Sophia L.
    Sophia LeeAugust 20, 2014
    Don't miss the MCA shop.
  • Ryan K.
    Ryan K.3 weeks ago
    Decent free activity near the harbor. Some good exhibitions. Horrible smartphone app tho.
  • Paula Andrea R.
    Contemporary and Aboriginal Art
  • Ian D.
    Ian DawesMarch 29, 2012
    Take time to visit "The Clock" exhibit.
  • Concetta
    ConcettaJuly 18, 2010
    #macict Wow brains and beauty!! Your first task is to find a location named after ourselves.
  • Wayne L.
    Visit for several times
  • Gerd S.
    Gerd SApril 8, 2012
    Cafe on floor 4 has nice view
  • Dezzy
    DezzyJuly 13, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    last time i was here have to say the "Art" wasn't that good :O it was more like scribble on canvas :O
  • John
    JohnFebruary 7, 2016
    Good exhibitions
  • Darren W.
    Darren WoodhouseMarch 17, 2011
    Great art superb location
  • Gilly T.
    Gilly ThorneApril 30
    Emily parsons-lord
  • Marco Zima S.
    Marco Zima SimonellaAugust 16, 2014
    Free entry for MCA
  • Chen L.
    Chen LimNovember 29, 2010
    Annie liebovitz exhibition on now, a must see
  • Janet W.
    Janet WilliamsJanuary 6, 2016
    Mind expanding.
  • Mahsa H.
    Mahsa HNovember 18, 2010
    Annie Leibovitz exhibition is fantastic!
  • Oscar G.
    Oscar GajardoApril 29, 2012
    Heaps of small people
  • Inny S.
    Inny SoApril 9, 2012
    Free entry!!!!!
  • 冰冰
    冰冰February 4, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Is it possible to brew poetry?
  • Mariana D.
    Mariana D'AndreaApril 10, 2013
    Free wifi inside
  • Alex T.
    Alex TorranceFebruary 13, 2014
    Does what is says on tin.
  • Justin C.
    Justin CosbyMay 5, 2012
    Adam Yauch R.I.P.
  • Carolyn S.
    Carolyn StaplesJanuary 24, 2010
    Olafur eliasson exhibition is well worth a visit
  • Matt C.
    Matt CarterApril 9, 2011
    Wear a beret.
  • Julia O.
    Julia OngFebruary 17, 2011
  • Concetta
    ConcettaJuly 13, 2010
    Walk to ...
  • Seung-taeck L.
    Seung-taeck LeeNovember 13, 2014
    공공미술관이 지녀야할 모든 것을 갖추고 있는 곳. 무료 입장에 전통문화, 지역예술가에 대한 배려, 앱을 통한 자세한 설명과 친절함까지. 모든 것이 훌륭하다.
  • Selene K.
    Selene KarunaAugust 15, 2014
    El de ley en cada país que visito. #feliz
  • pedro ✪.
    pedro ✪September 1, 2012
    4층 까페 강추. 시드니 오페라하우스와 하버브릿지 모두 잘 보인다
  • Soojin L.
    Soojin LeeOctober 22, 2016
    전망좋은 4층 까페에서 커피한잔..
  • A G.
    A GrandDecember 28, 2011
    Ne pas manquer l'expo de Rafael Lozano-Hemmer,
  • Bung O.
    Bung OtomJune 4
    ndelok Kader Attia. asik.
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