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Culture in the Sunshine: The Museums of Sydney

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Sydney, the largest city in Australia, has an impressive collection of quality museums and art galleries where the culture-loving visitor can spend quite a few air-conditioned hours exploring.

With a beautiful setting next to ocean coastline and sandy beaches and a thriving art, fashion, and design scene, it is no wonder that Sydney is such a desirable destination. Culture vultures will have a blast in this city, as it is home to a huge list of historic sites, museums and cultural institutions, some of which are world famous.

Sydney Kingsford Smith International Airport is the busiest airport in Australia and the main gateway into the country. Many airlines fly in and out of Sydney, which means that you will have no problem finding a flight to the capital no matter where you are coming from.

If you feel like escaping the Australian heat by ducking into a museum and losing yourself in the history and culture for a few hours, here are a few of the best museums and galleries in Sydney:

  • The Australian Museum – This is the oldest museum in Australia, and it features an extensive collection of natural history and anthropology exhibits. Check out the bizarre skeletons of a human and a horse, displayed in a lifelike pose and the beautiful and exotic displays of Africa metalwork art.
  • The Art Gallery of New South Wales – This is the most important public art gallery in Sydney and the largest such institution in Australia. The best thing about it is that admission is free, so that you can check out its collection of Australian, European and Asian art even if you are on a very small backpacker budget.
  • The Powerhouse Museum – This institution is associated with the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences in Sydney. It has a huge collection encompassing all different kinds of technology including Transportation, Computer Technology, Media, Communication, Steam Engines, and more.
  • The Australian National Maritime Museum – If you are keen to learn more about Australia’s sea-faring history, this museum will teach you all about the sailors who navigated the South Pacific throughout the centuries. You can also see an Oberon Class submarine, and an Attack Class patrol boat.
  • Sydney Observatory – A perfect evening trip for star-gazers. Perched on “Observatory Hill” in the centre of Sydney, this site is the oldest telescope in Australia in regular use. Visitors can see all the way up to the stars and planets in this 19th-century style building.
  • The Museum of Contemporary Art – This eye-catching Art Deco style building holds the one of the youngest and hippest cultural venues in the city of Sydney. The Museum of Contemporary Art or MCA features cutting edge works from Australian artists as well as artists from all over the world.

Enjoy soaking up the culture at Sydney’s fine museums and galleries!

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  • Syd

    Great to read an article that doesn’t paint Aussies as boorish, drunken philistines and aviods the cliches of sun drenched surf dudes.