Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA)

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Once the administration offices of the Maritime Services Board, this waterside museum was overhauled head to toe (well, almost) in 2011 and re-opened in March 2012 with light, airy, uncluttered interiors, more floor space and a boxy new facade. It's not just good looks, either: the rooftop café and sculpture terrace, high-tech education centre, and 120-seat lecture theatrette and forecourt are all worth checking out.

And the original sandstone heart is still there. “We wanted to keep the old building but provide something next to it that says immediately that this is a contemporary building,” says MCA Director Elizabeth Ann Macgregor OBE.

Inside, the galleries themselves are clean, logical and open – with long vistas to entice and draw you in further. While the design of the exterior is about drawing attention, the opposite is the case for the interior. “The most important thing is the art,” says architect Sam Marshall. “In the perfect gallery there would be no architecture visible. For most of the MCA’s exhibitions they install walls, change colours and put different surfaces in. That requires a really simple space with a really simple circulation system.”

Venue name: Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA)
Address: 140 George St
The Rocks
Opening hours: Mon-Wed & Fri-Sun 10am-5pm; Thu 10am-9pm

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  • Digital and interactive Until Sunday September 4 2016 Free
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  • Until Sunday October 9 2016 Free
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  • Classical and opera Thursday July 28 2016 - Sunday October 9 2016 Free
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  • Digital and interactive Thursday July 28 2016 - Saturday December 31 2016 Free
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  • Digital and interactive Friday July 29 2016 - Saturday November 26 2016
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  • Sunday August 28 2016 - Sunday November 27 2016
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