Manly Art Gallery and Museum

Address: West Esplanade Manly NSW 2095
Phone: 02 9976 1420

Tags: abstract art, gallery, painting

Welcome to the Manly Art Gallery & Museum, magnificently situated on Sydney Harbour and four minutes walk from Manly Wharf. Opened in 1930 as the first metropolitan-based regional gallery in NSW, the Gallery has become a popular destination for thousands of visitors each year.

Manly Art Gallery & Museum is unique and distinctive among regional galleries for a number of reasons, including its focus on Australian ceramics, it’s superb collection of contemporary and early Australian paintings and works on paper, it’s extensive holdings of paintings by Antonio Dattilo-Rubbo and the youth Art Award presented annually.


The Gallery and presents a creative program of changing visual arts and museum exhibitions. Temporary exhibitions include Manly Art Gallery & Museum, c 1980stouring shows, artists surveys and national group focus exhibitions. With every major show we have an accompanying gallery space dedicated to Artists from the Northern Beaches region.


The museum section of the Gallery is dedicated to preserving Manly’s unique history as one of Australia’s most loved beach resorts. Opened in 1982, the Museum focuses on the History of Manly and the Northern beaches with changing, annual exhibitions.

Ceramics Collection

Manly Art Gallery & Museum, 2008The Gallery has a unique ceramics collection that traces the development of styles, techniques, aesthetics and artistic practices in Australia since 1945. The ceramics collection is permanently on display with works rotating quartlery, with the entire collection available to view online; please see Manly Art Gallery Collections on our Links page.

Datillo-Rubbo Collection

Manly Art Gallery & Museum holds over 130 paintings by Antonio Dattilo-Rubbo (1870 – 1955), the largest collection of his work in any institution. A leading Art teacher and artist, Rubbo helped instigate the Manly Art and Historical Collection in 1924, which led to the establishment of the Gallery six years later. Please see also our website dedicated to Rubbo’s life and works, on our Links page.

Manly Art Gallery & Museum Society

The Manly Art Gallery & Museum Society plays an important role in the Gallery, supporting staff with gallery events, as well as providing an important fundraising body. Members receive many benifits, including invitations to all gallery openings and special events, as well as discounts at the Gallery giftshop. If you are interested in joining this wonderful art society, please the gallery for an application form.

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