When you’re holiday and visiting a new place, it can some times hard to know exactly where to start exploring. Manly has it’s obvious starting points, Manly Beach being number one. But what’s after that? The great cafes and bars will not disappoint but what about something cultural?

Sydney has an incredible selection of art galleries and museums, but did you know that Manly has it’s own hidden treasure? A place you can explore without having to leave Manly.

Just a few minuets walk from Manly Wharf you’ll find Manly Art Gallery and Museum, it’s open Tuesday to Sunday 10am – 5pm. Entry to the gallery is free, which is perfect if you’re on a budget, and with a selection of regularly changing displays on offer, you’re bound to find something that sparks your interest and if the art isn’t to your taste the Museum offers great education on the Manly area and it’s surrounding suburbs.

Manly Art Gallery and Museum, also offers workshops and talks for both kids and adults as well as performances and special events.

Whether you’re looking for a rainy day activity or you’re a keen artist yourself, it’s definitely worth making your way there. There’s even a small gift shop supporting local artists, which is great for Manly related gifts including Manly Ferry decorations, gift cards and children’s art supplies.

The Gallery is only small, so don’t expect it to fill your whole day, but it really is worth a visit. We recommend checking out their calendar of events and making the most of this great resource, especially if you are visiting Manly with children. You can view all their events, exhibitions and other activities on the Manly Art Gallery and Museum website here.