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 Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Australian Museum, Museums of History NSW, and State Library of New South Wales.
The Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences (MAAS)
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.
Museums of History New South Wales
Museums of History NSW cares for, and provides access to, significant historic places, collections and archives in NSW and is responsible for promoting knowledge and appreciation of history. It was formed through the coming together of Sydney Living Museums and the State Archives and Records Authority of NSW in 2022.
Art Gallery of New South Wales
From its 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.
State Library of New South Wales
A world-leading library, the State Library of NSW informs and educates on site, online and on tour. One of NSW’s most valuable assets, the Library’s rich historical and contemporary collections document the heritage of Australia and the Pacific.