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Published November 8th 2013
It is more than art
Set in the picturesque city of Manly and within only four minutes walk from the Manly Wharf sits the first gallery to ever be opened in metropolitan regional New South Wales.
Opened in 1930, it holds a superb and coherent selection of contemporary and early Australian paintings, works on paper, ceramics, documentations, photographs and museum objects reflecting the artistic and regional heritage of Australian art and life.
They also have exhibitions from time to time; when we visited the exhibitions on display were 'Keeping Company', which is of new works by fifty established and emerging artists from Sydney Northern Beaches; 'Gamaragal' exhibition of the Indigenous fisher-hunter people of Manly and the North Shore and the final exhibition of 'The Encyclopaedic Room: Connected World's.
They have an extensive collection of the amazing work from Antonio Dattilo Rubbo, in fact they have 130 paintings by Antonio Dattilo Rubbo being the largest collection of his work in any institution!
The art gallery and museum also has a marvellous collection of contemporary and early Australian paintings and works on paper as well as international works by Margaret Preston, Thea Proctor, Will Ashton and the most famous painting by Tom Roberts 'The Flower Sellers' and many more incredible works on display.
There are also Australia's finest ceramic collections on display. The works showcase the diversity of techniques and styles from various artists, including Peter Rushforth, Ivan Englund, Janet Mansfield and many more.
It is certainly worth a visit when you are in the Manly region or passing through. The museum is also free; however, gold coin donations are welcome.
The best way to get here is by a ferry or bus, alternatively you can drive here but parking is bit hard to find as it does get busy in the Manly area.