MCA: Museum of Contemporary Art Australia

  • Mums & Bubs
    All Ages

Located in Sydney’s Circular Quay, the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia is Australia’s only museum dedicated to exhibiting, interpreting and collecting contemporary art from across Australia and internationally. With a continually changing program of exhibitions, there’s always something new to discover at the Museum - and plenty going on for all age groups!

MCA: Museum of Contemporary Art Australia

The MCA is a hive of activity for all ages, with something for everyone to enjoy!

For Little Art Lovers

The Museum offers creative programs and resources for families with children aged 0–12 years, with hands-on activities designed to encourage kids to be inspired to create. It is a vibrant place to introduce little ones to contemporary art and explore the colour and movement.

There are plenty of interesting displays to keep toddlers amused with ultra-engaging activities throughout the year, plus fun things for kids to get involved in during the school holidays from workshops and exhibitions to the new Family Space.


Dr Lauchie and Dr Lottie, ARTplay, 2017. Costumes designed and made by MCA Artist Educator Katy B Plummer. Photograph: Jacquie Manning

Access Support

The MCA provides free access support to all museum visitors with a disability or access requirements. Available by request, this service can support you, your friends, family or learning group to attend any of the MCA’s exhibitions, programs, tours or events. 

Call 02 9245 2400 or email [email protected] to make a request.

ellaslist Opinion

The MCA is a great destination for the days when you need an activity that will make you feel like a grown-up while still keeping the kids interested and entertained. There are plenty of exhibitions where they welcome young children to participate in the art so keep an eye on upcoming events to make sure your museum visit coincides with an exhibition that suits your child’s age.

There’s always something new, exciting and inspiring to see at the MCA. Its location is superb and you’ll find many parents with young children on the front lawn of the museum relaxing, enjoying the amazing harbour view and watching the ferries go by.

The Details

GETTING THERE: The MCA is close to all forms of public transport, including bus, train and ferry. For further information on public transport phone 131 500 or visit Car parking is available within walking distance, at Harrington St, The Rocks and Macquarie St (Sydney Opera House Car Park).

FACILITIES: The MCA Cafe offers a delicious lunch with a view, or you could pack a picnic and relax on the front lawn of the museum, overlooking the magnificent Sydney Harbour. Baby change facilities are available and there is full stroller accessibility.

BECOME A MEMBER: Become an MCA member and enjoy exclusive access to exhibitions, discounts, and special events. Membership at the MCA is your passport to a new way of seeing the Museum. Get unlimited free entry to ticketed exhibitions, behind-the-scenes access, discounts at the MCA Cafe and MCA Store, reciprocal benefits at interstate art galleries, and more when you join. Additionally, your contribution supports the Australian art you love and allows us to provide educational exhibitions for all ages.  

Free entry to ticketed exhibitions for children 12 and under. Tickets are now on sale for the Sydney-exclusive Tacita Dean exhibition

Plan your visit and find out everything you need to know before your day at the MCA.

Find out more about the Kids and Family Programs at the MCA.

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