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

🛈 Read about our COVID-safe plans and what you need to know before visiting.

What you need to know before visiting

We look forward to seeing you at the Art Gallery of New South Wales.  The health and wellbeing of our visitors, members, staff and volunteers is our priority. 

Face masks are encouraged when visiting the Art Gallery or Brett Whiteley Studio especially where distancing might be difficult.

Don’t visit if you’re unwell or, if you have been instructed by health authorities to isolate or are a close contact of an identified COVID  case.

    • Follow all requests and instructions from our staff. 

    • Hand sanitiser is available for use. 

    • Cloak your umbrella yourself in the stands provided. Cloaking for large bags is available next to the information desk. 

    • Bring a credit or debit card for on-site purchases. Cashless payments are preferred where possible. 

    • Keep at least 1.5 metres distance from others wherever possible, including while in queues. 

    • We’re using timed tickets for our paid exhibitions, to manage capacity and avoid crowding. Please arrive shortly before your assigned time. 

    • Allow less-mobile visitors to use elevators first, or consider using the stairs or escalators. 

    • Cough and sneeze into your elbow or a tissue, and put the tissue in a bin. 

    • Wash your hands with soap for at least 20 seconds in our restrooms. 

    • Please don’t touch the artworks. 

  • Entry is free

    Tickets are NOT required for general entry and most displays and exhibitions (subject to any changes from NSW Government health guidelines).

    Tickets are required for a few paid exhibitions.

  • 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.

  • For ticketed theatre events

    • Arrive 15 minutes before the start time so you can be seated safely.

    • Have your ticket ready for presenting at the theatre door or event entrance. Only ticket holders are permitted to enter.

    • A face mask is strongly recommended in the Domain Theatre and Centenary Auditorium.

    • Our theatre and auditorium are seated at up to 100% capacity and you may be seated near someone who is not in your group.

  • What we're doing for you

    • Onsite staff are fully vaccinated. 

    • We limit the number of people in our exhibition spaces to manage capacity. Please note that weekends and holiday periods are usually the most popular times for people to visit the Art Gallery; late afternoon and midweek sessions generally have a little less demand.

    • We’re cleaning frequently with hospital-grade disinfectants, including disinfecting all hard surfaces in the theatre between events, and high-touch items are sanitised. 

    • Hand sanitiser is available for use. 

    • All Gallery first aid officers are trained in COVID-safe first aid. 

    • We continue to be guided by NSW Government health guidelines and will provide updates to this information.

    Everyone is welcome at the Art Gallery, and everyone needs to feel safe while they visit. Any individuals putting at risk our visitors, staff, volunteers or artworks will not be admitted or will be asked to leave. 

    We’re working to keep you safe, but we can’t guarantee you won’t be exposed to COVID-19. By entering the Art Gallery, you assume the risk of such exposure. 

We look forward to seeing you soon.