Sydney Museums and Galleries

Establishment neighborhood
White Rabbit Gallery
30 Balfour St., Chippendale
White Rabbit Gallery in Chippendale is a pretty big enterprise—four floors of a repurposed Rolls-Royce service depot—with a focus on contemporary Chinese art. Open since 2009, there are two exhibits a year (the space isn’t large enough to display the full, constantly evolving collection owned by art patron Judith Neilson). Most of the artworks were produced post-millennium and are a fascinating look into China’s social transformation post–cultural revolution through the lens of artistic interpretation. Expect to find photography, huge installation pieces, and works by the Ai Weiwei, Liu Xiaodong, and Zhang Dali (his 2014 Square installation, inspired by Tiananmen Square, is especially moving).
Museum of Contemporary Art Australia
140 George St., The Rocks
Sydney’s MCA focuses on the boundary-pushing work of today’s living artists, many of them Australian. Perched on the edge of Sydney Harbour, the collection is intended to feel alive, and as a result, new exhibits are a regular occurrence. The MCA champions its creative learning programs, which cater to everyone, at every age, and can range from creating artworks from everyday materials to making sound responses to the painting or sculpture in front of you. Paintings aside, we also highly recommend the stunning rooftop café for a coffee or as a place to spend a morning with your laptop, an assortment of sculptures, and a bird’s-eye view of Sydney Harbour.