We acknowledge the Gadigal of the Eora Nation, the traditional custodians of the Country on which the Art Gallery of New South Wales stands.

🛈 Find out what you need to know before visiting

Booking your visit

The Gallery is welcoming back school groups in 2022 for self-guided visits. We’ve introduced a new ticketing system to make booking school visits to exhibitions easier. Now you can book a date and time online and pay in one transaction. 

  1. Book your tickets online.

  2. Receive a booking confirmation email.

  3. Prepare for your visit.

Select from the following exhibitions to book tickets.

  • Prepare for your visit

    Before your visit

    We’ve compiled answers to some of the most commonly asked questions.

    What should teachers bring?
    Your email confirmation from the Art Gallery with all your excursion details plus pencils for all students.

    What should students bring?
    Only a small bag with perhaps their lunch

    Where can we eat?
    There are limited food outlets in the area and we recommend that your students bring their lunch and eat across the road in the Domain. There are no designated areas if the weather is wet. No food or drink is allowed in the general areas of the Art Gallery.

    How do we get to the Art Gallery?
    See Getting here. Drop-off and pick-up zones for private buses are located in front of the Art Gallery. There is no street parking for buses nearby.

    What student:teacher ratios does the Art Gallery advise?

    • Years K-6, pre-schools, home schoolers – Serviced 8:1 / Self-guided 10:1

    • Years 7-12 – Serviced and self-guided 15:1

    • Tertiary – Serviced 20:1 / Self-guided 60:1

    How can teachers prepare students?
    Teachers will be responsible for their groups at all times during their Art Gallery visit so ensure your students have been briefed on appropriate behaviour, including respecting artworks and using only pencils within the Art Gallery.

    What else can teachers do to prepare?

    • Check out the Art Gallery’s free online learning resources.

    • Toilets are located on the upper level, lower level 1 (two sets) and lower level 3. From the ground-floor entrance, the closest toilets can be accessed via the stairs behind the information desk – down or up one level.

    • Consult the information we provide on risk assessment

    On the day

    • Check you’ve brought your confirmation email plus pencils for all students.

    • Plan to arrive at least 15 minutes before your scheduled time.

    • If you’re running late, call 02 9225 1740.

    • On arrival, look for the 'teacher check-in’ at the Art Gallery’s main entrance, where one of our Gallery hosts will confirm your visit and schedule and provide information such as how to cloak your bags.

  • What’s open and what’s closed

    A program of capital works is underway to revitalise the Gallery's historic building. Our research library and archive is relocating to a new purpose-built, expanded facility within the building. While works are underway, the collections are not accessible. We apologise for any inconvenience caused during this time. 

    For details of the Gallery's current and upcoming exhibitions, see What's on plus information on events and programs.

  • Risk assessment

    The OHS Act and Regulation require principals and teachers organising excursions to use risk management to ensure the health and safety of students, staff and excursion volunteers. Risk management supports better decision making by contributing to a greater insight into the potential risks and their impacts.

    To assist teachers in preparing their own risk assessments, the Art Gallery has prepared venue and safety information documents for school excursions to the Art Gallery of NSW and to the Brett Whiteley Studio, which answer all questions required by the Department of Education and Training.

  • Child protection

    All paid and unpaid staff working with children at the Art Gallery are cleared through the Working with Children Check (Prohibited Employment Declaration and Working with Children Check Employment Screening Consent), as outlined by the NSW Commission for Children and Young People.

    In accordance with these responsibilities, the Art Gallery has developed a child protection policy and procedures to provide for the safety, welfare and wellbeing of young people while visiting the Art Gallery.

Facilitated programs

  • Make a payment for facilitated programs

    Direct deposit

    Westpac Banking Corp, BSB 032001, Account no 101096
    Quote your invoice number

    Credit card

    Mastercard, Visa or American Express
    Tel 02 9225 1740


    Make cheques payable to ‘Art Gallery of New South Wales’ and send to:
    Learning and Participation Office
    Art Gallery of New South Wales
    Art Gallery Road, Sydney NSW 2000

  • Changes and cancellations for facilitated programs

    Changes and cancellations

    Must be made in writing by emailing education@ag.nsw.gov.au

    Including adjustments to student numbers, dates and times

    • One change up to four weeks before the scheduled booking – no cost

    • Each additional change – $30 administration fee

    • Changes/cancellations within five working days of scheduled booking – original booking charged in full