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

What you need to know before visiting

Gallery opening hours

Open daily 10am to 5pm 
Until 9pm Wednesdays 
Closed Good Friday (2 April 2021) and Christmas Day (25 December)

The Art Gallery of New South Wales is committed to protecting the health of our visitors, members, volunteers and staff and minimising the spread of COVID-19.

We ask our visitors to refrain from visiting the Gallery if required to stay home under public health orders. 

Visitors are required to provide their name and contact details on arrival at the Gallery to support contact tracing in line with NSW Health rules and our COVID-Safe plan. Visitors to our cafe or restaurant are required to register for a second time in line with NSW Health requirements.

We will continue to monitor the advice of NSW Health accordingly and update our guidance as appropriate. Thank you for helping us continue to keep our visitors and staff safe by following these guidelines.

  • 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

    Revitalisation of our existing building

    A program of capital works is underway to revitalise the Gallery's historic building. There is currently no public access to the Grand Courts while the galleries are being refurbished. They will reopen in late 2021. Our research library and archive is relocating to a new purpose-built, expanded facility within the building. While works are underway in 2021, 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.

  • Ways to provide your contact details

    We’ll need to have a name and phone number for each person visiting the Gallery. When you arrive, use your smartphone camera to scan the QR code displayed at the Gallery entrance, open the link to the Service NSW check-in, and follow the instructions. Show the confirmation screen to our staff as you enter.

    If you don’t have access to a smartphone, our staff will make a record of your contact details.

  • What else we're asking you to do

    • A face mask is recommended when visiting the Gallery, especially in the Domain Theatre, Centenary Auditorium and other areas where distancing may be difficult.

    • Download the Service NSW app before visiting, for easy QR check-in.

    • Bring a credit or debit card for any on-site purchases (we won’t be accepting cash).

    • Avoid bringing large bags (you’ll have to carry any bag at your side or on your front).

    • Don’t visit if you’re unwell or, if in the last 14 days, you have experienced cold or flu symptoms, returned from overseas or been the close contact of an identified COVID case.

    • Before you visit, we recommend you check NSW Health’s list of locations where COVID cases have been.

    • Consider downloading the Australian Government’s COVIDSafe app.

    • Follow any requests or instructions from our staff.

    • Use the hand sanitiser provided on arrival and before entering a ticketed event in the theatre.

    • Cloak your umbrella yourself in the stands provided.

    • Keep at least 1.5 metres distance from others at all times, including while in queues.

    • Wait in a marked queue or go elsewhere if a particular space has too many people.

    • 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.

    Visitors with access requirements can still use ramps and lifts, and borrow the Gallery’s wheelchairs or mobility scooters which are sanitised after each use.

  • For ticketed events

    • Arrive 15-30 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 recommended in the Domain Theatre and Centenary Auditorium. You can bring your own or buy one at the Gallery Shop.

    The NSW Government strongly recommends the use of face masks, especially where distancing is difficult. In line with NSW Public Health Orders, our theatre and auditorium are seated at up to 100% capacity and you may be seated near someone who is not in your group.

    Visitors who don’t comply with these conditions will not be admitted or will be asked to leave to ensure the safety of all.

  • What we're doing for you

    • There are separate entry and exit doors, floor markings and signage to help visitors maintain safe distances.

    • There are limits on the number of visitors overall and each Gallery space has its maximum capacity, based on current NSW Health guidelines. Please follow directions on signage and instructions from staff.

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

    • We’ve provided hand sanitisers at the Gallery entry and at various places throughout the building.

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

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

We look forward to seeing you at the Gallery soon