The combined Queensland Art Gallery and Gallery of Modern Art is surely the jewel of the South Bank, if not Brisbane itself. Both galleries are housed in a single institution on the riverside, with a shared vision of being the leading institution for the contemporary art of Australia, Asia and the Pacific. Certainly it is close to realising this dream when you consider its collection of over 16,000 works of historical, modern and contemporary art, along with its supplementary programme of Australian and international exhibitions. The majority of exhibitions are free, so explore in depth some of the permanent installations and artworks. In GOMA, one can find the dream-like Infinity Room on the upper level, the highly evocative works of Anish Kapoor, or Ron Mueck’s giant ‘Woman in Bed’; while in the QAG , highlights include its fine collection of art from the late 19th century and the first half of the 20th century (including works by Arthur Streeton, Rupert Bunny and E Phillips Fox, Russell Drysdale and William Dobell). But QAGOMA also has enough to entertain younger visitors too: the permanent Children’s Art Centre engages children with activities themed to coincide with current exhibits. For older kids, the Australian Cinémathèque is the only dedicated cinema facility in an Australian art museum.
Price: free entry (including the Children’s Art Centre) except for blockbuster exhibitions
Opening hours: Mon-Sun 10am – 5pm
Address: Stanley Pl, South Brisbane QLD, Australia, +61 7 3840 7303