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Location: Observatory Hill, near The Rocks
The S.H. Ervin Art Gallery is located under the tranquillity trees of the Observatory Hill and is a fair sized gallery with works of local and international artists. Although it is not as popular with the other art galleries, this quaint gallery offers a wide range of paintings, sculptures and other visual expressions.
The site was originally chosen by Governor Lachlan Macquarie as a military hospital (1815) and was later converted to the Fort Street School from 1850 to 1974. Today, this historic building is placed under the direction of The National Trust.
The emphasis on the heritage and historical works of Australia is quite strong. The museum also supports and promotes Australian art but this is not entirely exclusive but there is a range of exhibitions scheduled every year. Included are the artworks of Russell Drysdale, Lloyd Rees and many others.
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