NSW State Cultural Institutions manage significant cultural heritage collections and provide services and programs throughout the State. They perform a vital role in promoting arts and culture and encouraging people to participate in the sector. Together, we provide a unique and irreplaceable archive of our history and contemporary culture. These ‘creativity archives’ provide a unique resource for research and inspiration.
Our cultural institution partners are Sydney Opera House, Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences, Art Gallery of New South Wales and Australian Museum.
Sydney Opera House is a global icon, an internationally recognised symbol of Australia and one of the great architectural masterpieces of the 20th century. It is also one of the world’s busiest performing arts centres, with more than 8.2 million visitors a year and hosting 2,000 performances attended by 1.5 million people.
The Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences (MAAS) includes the Powerhouse Museum, Sydney Observatory and the Museums Discovery Centre, which is a collaboration with Australian Museum and Sydney Living Museums. MAAS is Australia’s contemporary museum for excellence and innovation in applied arts and sciences.
Australia’s first museum and the fifth oldest in the world, the Australian Museum holds over 18 million items, making up the largest natural history and cultural collection in the southern hemisphere.
From our base in Sydney, the Art Gallery of New South Wales is dedicated to serving the widest possible audience as a centre of excellence for the collection, preservation, documentation, interpretation and display of Australian and international art, and a forum for scholarship, art education and the exchange of ideas.