Housed in a federation gothic building, the Maitland Regional Art Gallery is fun for the entire family. This bright, contemporary space encompasses eleven light-filled exhibition spaces showcasing works from well-known Australian and international artists, including luminaries such as Sidney Nolan. The museum’s focus is works on paper, however the collection also includes sculptures, installations, photographs, and more. One entire wing of the museum is dedicated to children and is home to the Art Factory, with free kids’ art activities and special holiday workshops. Evocative bronze sculptures surround the museum, and temporary exhibitions mean you’ll always find something new to see here. To get the most out of your visit, take the informative audio tour, and enjoy a snack at the popular cafe.
Another worthwhile gallery to visit in the region is the Newcastle Art Gallery, which displays an impressive collection of Australian art, particularly from the 19th century, and the largest collection of modern Japanese ceramics in the southern hemisphere.