Visit procedures

Arriving at the Gallery

Aim to arrive at least 20 minutes prior to your allocated booking.

Check in with Gallery education staff in the education group meeting area (see map, right) or with Gallery officers at the public entrance on arrival.

Access for students with a disability is available. Please ask Gallery staff for further information.

Teachers are required to wear the visiting teacher ID sticker, available upon arrival.

If required, place all bags in the storage area as directed. Students and teachers should only carry essential items into the Gallery. Ask your students to get these items out of their bags before you enter the education entrance.

Before you begin your tour/visit, arrange a meeting time and place elsewhere in the Gallery so that you can exit the Gallery as one group.

As directed, please move to your first Gallery location immediately.

If you have booked a serviced visit/program, meet your children’s guides (K–6) or teacher-lecturers (7–12) at the information desk on the ground level.

In the Gallery

Remember student behaviour, safety and security is the teachers’ responsibility. Groups must be supervised at all times. Please read the following important points aloud to students.

  • Be aware that you are moving through Gallery spaces, with artworks on display. Appropriate behaviour is essential.
  • Mobile phones or cameras are NOT permitted in the exhibition spaces.
  • Sitting down on the floor or on plinths in the exhibition spaces is NOT permitted.
  • Touching artwork is NOT permitted.
  • A pencil and small sketchbook are preferred. Ballpoint/felt-tip pens are NOT permitted.
  • Eating, drinking or chewing gum in the Gallery is NOT permitted.
  • Lifts are for the use of people with disabilities only.

Gallery facilities

Wet weather

In the case of wet weather, there is a limited space undercover in the education group meeting area and no spaces available inside the Gallery for eating or meeting. Teachers are advised to have a contingency plan for wet weather and suitable wet weather gear for staff and students.

Bags and storage

The Gallery has limited storage facilities for bags. Groups are advised where possible no bags or the minimum amount of bags necessary. K–6 teachers are advised to bring essential equipment only and student lunches in one ‘excursion bag’.

Food and drink

Food and drink can be purchased from the cafe inside the Gallery, the Pavilion Kiosk opposite the Gallery, or nearby Martin Place and Circular Quay.

The Gallery has no spaces for students and teachers to eat morning tea or lunch. The Domain, opposite the Gallery, is recommended for these eating breaks.

Toilets

Located on alternate levels: lower level 1 (two sets), lower level 3 and the upper level.

Access for visitors with disabilities

See Visit with special needs

Parking

There are drop-off and pick-up zones for school buses in front of the Gallery. There is no street parking for buses near the Gallery. See Getting here.