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Google Cultural Institute

Experience the Opera House as never before on Google's digital museum platform

1270 digital artefacts, 50 interactive online exhibits; the Sydney Opera House's presence on the Google Cultural Institute allows people everywhere to experience the symbol of modern Australia.

Under the curatorial direction of Sam Doust of LATCHKEY digital story design, the collection dives deep into decades of inspiration.

  • Examine the Opera House in all its guises;
  • Explore architect Jørn Utzon’s original sketches and plans in high resolution; 
  • Discover the stops and innards of the largest mechanical-action pipe organ in the world;
  • Stand on stage with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra in rehearsal;
  • Learn more about the extraordinary tale of Peter Hall — the architect tasked with finishing Utzon’s masterpiece

Take 20 minutes to enjoy live concerts from our Contemporary Music program, or spend hours with the drawings and models that emerged from Utzon’s architectural studio in Hellebæk, Denmark.  

Google is a Major Partner of the Sydney Opera House.    

“Google has enabled the Opera House to bring together its vast array of historical material for the first time.”
Louise Herron, CEO of the Sydney Opera House

Explore a sample of the Google Cultural Institute

Late Night House

Google Cultural Institute

A Backstage Pass

Google Cultural Institute

Digital Heritage

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The Unseen House

Google Cultural Institute

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