The Gadigal people of the Eora nation are the traditional custodians of the land on which the Art Gallery of NSW is located.
“Established in 1871, the Gallery is proud to present fine international and Australian art in one of the most beautiful art museums in the world. We aim to be a place of experience and inspiration, through our collection, exhibitions, programs and research. Admission to the Gallery is free, as are our permanent galleries and most exhibitions and events.”
"There are four free dedicated accessible parking spaces: two on-street spaces at the front of the Gallery and two off-street spaces at the rear. Please note you are not able to book any accessible parking spaces in advance.
Next to the Gallery, the Domain Car Park has accessible lifts and there is a bitumen path from its nearest lift to the Gallery's rear access entrance."
Entrance and exit
"The main entrance, at the front of the Gallery, is via two short flights of stairs: nine steps outside and two in the vestibule inside. A permanent access ramp‚ on the left as you face the building‚ provides an alternative to the external stairs.
Another ramp is positioned on the inside stairs and a Gallery staff member is available for assistance if required."
"Another access entrance/exit is provided at the rear of the building. This is reached via the service road on the southern side of the building, leading to security gates. Press the intercom for access. From here, entrance is via a ramp into lower level 1."
Carers with companion cards
"General entry to the Gallery is free to all visitors. However, where entry fees are charged for major temporary exhibitions, a carer or person who supports a visitor with disability or frailty is admitted free on presentation of a companion card."General accessibility features:
Mobility accessibility features:
- Disabled parking access
- Level or ramp access to front entrance
- Alternative access arrangements (if necessary)
- Lift access to all levels
- Wheelchair hire available
"Except for the research library and archive, all public areas inside the building can be accessed by ramps and two lifts (as well as stairs and elevators).
Access to the library and archive for those who cannot use the stairs can be arranged with prior notice (preferably one working day).
The Domain Theatre and Centenary Auditorium have seating spaces designed for wheelchairs.
Wheelchair-accessible toilets are located on the upper level, lower level 1 and lower level 3."
Wheelchairs and mobility scooters available
"We have wheelchairs and mobility scooters available for use within the Gallery without charge. Wheelchairs are located behind the ground floor ticketing and information desk and rear Gallery entrance.
For mobility scooters, ask at the ticketing and information desk or book in advance.
You'll be asked for some form of ID."Vision accessibility features:
- Large print or high contrast menus and other signage
Aids for people with low vision
"We have handheld magnifying lenses available for use within the Gallery without charge from the ticketing and information desk and exhibition entrance desks. You'll be asked for some form of ID.
Large-print booklets are available within the exhibition spaces for ticketed exhibitions and some other displays."
Tactile and sensory tours
"In Touch at the Gallery is our free program offering guided sensory tours for people who are blind or with low vision if booked at least two weeks in advance.
Selected sculptures in our collection are available to be explored through touch in our tour, The human body in 19th- and 20th-century sculpture. There is also a sensory trolley of tactile materials and props, which is used to support audio-descriptions of other artworks, and tours can incorporate an art-making workshop.
Available for groups or individuals."
"Audio-described tours of the permanent galleries and temporary exhibitions are available for visitors who are blind or with low vision if booked at least two weeks in advance."Hearing accessibility features:
- Hearing loop or infrared assisted listening system
Assisted listening systems
"An audio-induction loop is available in the Domain Theatre and Centenary Auditorium.
A portable FM-transmitter system is available for all guided tours on request at the ticketing and information desk."
"Groups of visitors who are deaf who book at least two weeks in advance can be provided with Auslan interpreters free of charge."Intellectual/Social Information:
"Groups of visitors with intellectual disabilities are encouraged to contact the Gallery to discuss their needs. Tailored guided tours of the permanent displays are available free if booked at least two weeks in advance."
"A structured program is available for people living with dementia and their carers.
The art and dementia program provides opportunities for meaningful and interactive engagement with artworks from the Gallery’s collection. It offers intellectual stimulation and encourages self-expression with an opportunity for participants to articulate their opinions about what they experience and to connect with their carers and new people. A creative ageing program, it also promotes lifelong learning and aims to reduce the stigma around dementia.
The program is available free for groups on any Thursday or Friday for one hour between 10.30am and 12pm if booked at least two weeks in advance.
We are also able to undertake a limited number of outreach visits to eligible community organisations who cannot access the Gallery, with tailored presentations exploring selected artworks."
"As well as programs for children who are hard of hearing or with low vision, the Gallery has a program called Starting with Art for children with an intellectual disability."Other accessibility information:
Access Programs at www.artgallery.nsw.gov.au