General Information

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1 Laman Street Newcastle NSW 2300
Across from Civic Park and adjacent to Newcastle Region Library, the Art Gallery is situated on the corner of Laman and Darby streets.

Opening hours

Open: Tuesday to Sunday 10am - 5pm and every day during the school holidays.
Extended hours: Open until 8pm on the last Friday of the month (except December).
Public Holidays: Open every public holiday except Good Friday, Christmas Day and Boxing Day. Open 1-5pm on Anzac Day.


Admission is free. Some special exhibitions and events may incur a charge. Explore the Exhibition pages for specific information about current exhibitions.

Venue hire

Newcastle Art Gallery can ensure your special event is distinctive and enjoyable. For more information email us here or call 4974 5100

Cafes and coffee in the Civic area

Newcastle Art Gallery does not have a cafĂ© on site, we are right in the heart one of Newcastle's best coffee, dining and boutique shopping districts: Darby St. See the Visit Newcastle website to read more, or go to the Darby St Facebook page.


Our staff will happily store personal and bulky items behind the counter for you as a courtesy while you are at the Gallery. Any bag that is larger than an A3 sheet of paper, we may ask you to store it with us while you visit. We also require umbrellas to be left at the front door, which helps us avoid slips and falls.

Please note, it is at the Gallery’s discretion to request a bag or item be stored during your visit.

Access and Facilities

Newcastle Art Gallery is a two-storey building. The lift is directly to the left of the front door as you first arrive. All exhibition spaces are completely wheelchair and stroller accessible. The restroom facilities (including access bathroom and baby change table) are on the ground floor on the left hand side as you first arrive. Free wifi is available.

Courtesy wheelchair and seating

A courtesy wheelchair is available on request, simply ask at the front desk when you arrive. Lightweight and sturdy stools are also available on request. These stools are handy for visitors who would prefer to be seated during floor talks or at their convenience during their visit.

Photography in the exhibition spaces

Photography is permitted in the Gallery, so long as it is for personal use. We do not permit the usage of tripods or flash photography, check out our Visitor Tips page as it helps explain why.

Join our mailing list

Newcastle Art Gallery distributes all information by email or social media. We send out emails once or twice a month, and you decide what content you receive based on your interests.

If you would prefer hardcopy mail, we can add you to a very small distribution list. This list is reviewed every 12 months to make sure we are only sending information out to people who need it. Call us on 4974 5100 and ask to speak to the Audience Development and Visitor Services Coordinator.

Join the Society

The Newcastle Art Gallery Society hosts events to raise funds to support the Art Gallery in acquiring works of art for the collection. Membership is open to everyone, visit the Gallery Society page for more information. 


We would love to hear from you about the quality of your visit, excellent or otherwise. Have an idea for our we can improve? Our Audience team would love to hear from you, email us here or call 4974 5100.

Have we missed something?

Our Audience team is interested in understanding your needs and finding ways to assist you during your visit. If we have missed something, please let us know: email us here or call 4974 5100.