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Art Gallery Road

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Situated in the same park complex that houses the Royal Botanic Garden and Mrs. Macquarie's Chair, the Art Gallery of New South Wales features a variety of indigenous, colonial and contemporary art collections. Everything from photography and Pablo Picasso paintings to aboriginal art and Tang dynasty ceramics can be found here. Additionally, several free artist talks and demonstrations are held throughout the year.

Recent museumgoers said the Art Gallery of New South Wales is a must-see, with a great collection and excellent exhibits. Popular pieces include the museum's indigenous paintings and iconic European works by artists like Diego Velázquez, Claude Monet and Edgar Degas. The free tours and on-site cafe and restaurant, which offer seasonal fare in casual settings, are also a hit with past visitors.

To get to the Art Gallery of New South Wales, visitors can take a bus (No. 441), train (to Martin Place Station or St James Station) or ferry (to Circular Quay). Metered street parking and parking garages are also available in the immediate area for those traveling by car. The museum is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (or until 10 p.m. on Wednesdays) and is mostly free to access, but if you want to visit a temporary exhibit or event, expect to pay a small fee. For more information about amenity hours, temporary exhibit fees and seasonal events, visit the museum's website.

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