Australia is a treasure trove of art and culture, much of which can be seen in the museums and galleries which are spread throughout the country. While many are located in the cities of Melbourne, Sydney, and Perth, others are in more rural areas.
The National Gallery of Australia, located in Canberra, near the Australian National Botanic Gardens, features art from the Pacific, including extensive Asian collections, indigenous art, and a sculpture garden. The National Gallery also houses extensive photography galleries.
The Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts features modern visual and performance art. Its focus is on fostering continued artistic development, and so displays both established and emerging art. This makes it a great place to learn about contemporary art, as well as the newest artists.
The Queensland Art Gallery dates to the late 1800s – but its design and collections feature sleek, modern, artistic styles. This museum is considered an international triumph is making art accessible and enjoyable for children, with museum-based learning initiatives.
Australia’s many museums gracefully mix historical, fine art, with more contemporary pieces. When visiting these museums and galleries, be sure to take the time to appreciate the design of each, as the buildings themselves are works of art.