West Esplanade, Manly
Phone: 61-2-9976 1420
Fax: 61-2-9948 6938

Manly Art Gallery & Museum

Manly Art Gallery & Museum is situated on Australia's magnificent Sydney Harbour and only four minutes walk from Manly Wharf. Opened in 1930 as the first metropolitan-based regional gallery in New South Wales, the Gallery has become a popular destination for thousands of visitors each year.
Manly Art Gallery & Museum is distinctive among regional galleries for a number of reasons including its focus on Australian ceramics, its extensive holdings of paintings by Antonio Dattilo-Rubbo and two youth art awards presented annually.

 Permanent Collection Highlights (8)

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Permanent Collection

Manly Art Gallery & Museum holds a superb collection of contemporary and early Australian paintings and works on paper, as well as international works. The collection was established through the generousity of artists and donors including renowned Australian artists Margaret Preston, Thea Proctor, Will Ashton and Lloyd Rees. Our most famous painting, Tom Roberts' The Flower Sellers' c.1899 was donated in 1936 by Colonel Spain. The extensive collection now contains over 1,000 watercolours, prints, etchings, drawings and paintings. A range of pieces from the collection is exhibited on a changing display.

The Manly Art Gallery & Museum also holds an important collection of Australian ceramics which traces the development of styles and techniques in Australia since 1945. Through donations and an active acquisitions program, the collection is continuing to build into one of Australia's most significant ceramic resources. As a prominent member of the Regional Galleries Association of NSW, the specialised ceramics collection is widely valued in the NSW network of public galleries.
The collection represents many major artists including Peter Rushforth, Ivan Englund, Janet mansfield and Gwyn Hanssen Piggott. Many diverse techniques, aesthetics and practices are represented in this collection from traditional wood-fired, salt glazed and oxide-treated works and works influenced by Japanese and Chinese ceramics, through to contemporary, post-modern works with functional, decorative and scultural styles of ceramics.

Dattilo-Rubbo Collection
Manly Art Gallery & Museum holds 130 paintings by Antonio Dattilo-Rubbo (1870-1955), the largest collection of his work in any institution...+ [ Read all ]


Manly Art Gallery & Museum is a hub of cultural activity and presents a creative program of changing visual arts and museum exhibitions designed to stimulate the eyes and the minds of our visitors.
Temporary exhibitions include touring shows, artist surveys and national group focus exhibitions such as the Biennial Australian Ceramics Association exhibition and 'The New Quilt' survey. Our smaller Access gallery is dedicated to the artists from the Northern Beaches region. It features solo contemporary shows, retrospectives, surveys and group exhibitions.'Sundays @ the Gallery' is a program of guided tours, artist talks, workshops, performances and other special activities. The Gallery also coordinates the Manly Arts Festival each September which highlights the Manly region, from music and performance to the visual arts.

Forthcoming exhibitions

30 November 2007 - 13 January 2008

Harbourlife: Sydney Harbour from the 1940s to recent times
An exhibition of works by significant Australian artists that traces the dramatic transformation of Sydney's working harbour and waterways over the past 60 years. Curated by Gavin Wilson.

Stephen Lees: Recent Paintings
This exhibition comprises of a set of figurative gouache works reflecting on a childhood in Manly and larger oil paintings relating to the landscape of Tasmania and also the Hawkesbury Basin.

25 January – 24 February 2008

The New Quilt
Contemporary quilt textiles by leading Australian textile artists, presented in partnership with the Quilters' Guild Inc. Selected by Christina Sumner, Principal Curator, Design & Society, Powerhouse Museum.

Judy McDermott: Speaking for themselves
A retrospective exhibition of quilt textiles by Judy McDermott (1937-2004) whose work crossed art/craft boundaries and challenged social ideologies which went beyond the medium of the quilt.

29 February - 30 March 2008

Express Yourself
Artworks by 2007 HSC Visual Arts students from schools across Sydney’s Northern Beaches region representing their diverse bodies of work including multi-media, digital, sculpture, graphics and drawing.

Youth Art Awards
In conjunction with Express Yourself, two awards are granted annually to students featured in the exhibition. Manly Art Gallery & Museum Society presents a $2,000 award, and the Theo Batten Youth Art Award of $5,000 is awarded to a student continuing study in the arts.

4 April – 11 May 2008

Robert Francis Williams: A Survey
A survey exhibition of works by Robert Francis Williams whose highly...+ [ Read all ]


Free entry

Opening hours

10am - 5pm Tuesday - Sunday
Closed on Mondays and Public Holidays

Getting there

The easiest & most enjoyable way to get to the Manly Art Gallery & Museum is to travel on the Sydney Ferries across to Manly. Simply catch a ferry from Circular Quay, Terminal 4 to Manly Wharf. It takes 30min & is an ideal way to see the sights of one of the worlds most famous Harbours. When you reach Manly Wharf, simply turn left & it's a short walk along the Esplanade to the Gallery.


Wheelchair access to all areas except the ceramics area

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The Gallery holds many public programs related to the exhibitions as well as other special events. Sundays @ the Gallery comprises a range of artists talks, guided tours and other events for your interest and enjoyment.


Group visits are available on request


For a small annual membership you can be part of the Manly Art Gallery & Museum. Society members receive:

invitations to all

exhibition openings

invitations to Society events and social functions

free quarterly newsletter filled with lots of information about the Gallery and related activities

10% discount on all purchases over $10 from the bookshop

the opportunity to play an important role in building an arts presence in Manly and the peninsula.

Annual membership fees are:
concession $15
individual $30
family $50

To join the Manly Art Gallery & Museum Society please contact us on tel: 9976 1421 or send us your details by email:

Alternatively you may print out the membership application form available on our website
Fill in the details and post it to Manly Art Gallery PO Box 82 Manly 1655 or fax to 9948 6938.

Membership to the Manly Art Gallery & Museum Society plays a vital social and fundraising role for the Gallery which is the cultural hub of the Northern Beaches. The Society enjoys a large membership from around the region and is committed to development of artists and audiences through its diverse programs. It runs the Life Drawing Studio, Art Exchange and Drawn to Manly programs, as well as other fundraising activities on behalf of the Gallery. Funds raised primarily go toward the conservation of the permanent collection and the acquisition of key pieces for the Gallery’s important ceramics collection.+ [ Read all ]


Donations and Bequests

You may make a contribution to the Manly Art Gallery & Museum through a donation or bequest. our collection has increased significantly over the years through the generosity of artists, collectors and local residents who share a fondness for our unique gallery.
If you would like to donate or bequest to the Gallery, you can contact us on 61-2-9976 1420