Sydney’s disability-friendly museums and galleries

By Kate Reid, 16 January 2018 , Comments

From floor to ceiling oil paintings by some of history’s most iconic painters, to gigantic dinosaur skeletons, Sydney’s museums and art galleries play host to the best that art, culture and science has to offer.

If you’re planning on embracing your curiosity for all things cultural this summer, then check out our guide to some of Sydney’s best disability-friendly museums and art galleries.

Museum of Contemporary Art

Beyond a striking black and white cubed exterior you’ll find the Museum of Contemporary Art. This Circular Quay icon is home to a diverse and ever-changing roster of modern art exhibits and art-themed events.

Operating under the philosophy that ‘art is for everyone’, the museum implemented its inclusive Bella program in 1993. Bella offers a series of creative learning and access programs for people with disability or access requirements.

These programs include Bella Plus Groups, a social and creative learning experience for adults; Bella Plus Connect, a monthly community drop-in program; and Bella Plus Art Partners, a partnership program that offers adults with disability the chance to further their art practice.

Along with the workshops, there is also an annually commissioned interactive artwork in the Bella Room, which offers people with disability a sensory hands-on experience.

For more information on the Museum of Contemporary Art’s Bella program visit the link here.

Art Gallery of NSW

For close to 150 years the Art Gallery of NSW has hosted a collection of the most breath-taking works from some of the greatest artists the world has ever known. From classic European masters, to iconic surrealists like Picasso, it’s hard to think of an artist whose work hasn’t spent time in this Sydney gallery.

The Art Gallery of NSW is committed to disability inclusion, running a series of access programs for kids and adults.

Upcoming events include artist-led workshops for adults and kids with specific needs and tailored guided tours can also be organised through the gallery for people with intellectual and physical disability.

For more information on the Art Gallery of NSW’s access programs visit the link here.

Australian Museum

If you’ve got a curious mind you’ll be in heaven at the Australian Museum. Situated across from Sydney’s beautiful Hyde Park, Australia’s first public museum offers visitors an ever changing collection of cultural and natural history artefacts.

For those after a low sensory experience the museum is quietest around 9.30am when it opens. School holidays and rainy days tend to be very busy, so it’s best to avoid these times where possible.

All areas of the museum are accessible for wheelchair and mobility scooter users, with ramps and lifts available.

The Australian Museum offers specially designed programs for people with disability and their families, including sensory and tactile tours.

The museum is currently home to some larger than life mammals with the ‘Mammoths – Giants of the Ice Age’ exhibition running until Sunday 13 May 2018.

For more information about Australian Museum accessible services visit the link here.

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