City of Blue Mountains Council Locked Bag 1005 Katoomba, 2780 NSW
Monday - Friday: 10am - 5pm
Saturday & Sunday: 10am - 4pm
Public Holidays: 10am - 2pm
Closed Good Friday and Christmas Day
Unique Aspects: Opened 17 November 2012, the Blue Mountains Cultural Centre features the Blue Mountains City Art Gallery and World Heritage Exhibition which is devoted to education about the distinctive environment, history and culture of the Blue Mountains region. The Cultural Centre is co-located with the new Katoomba Library. The Cultural Centre showcases innovative, diverse, distinctive and creative cultural programs for enjoyment by residents of, and visitors to, the Blue Mountains. Built on the highest point in Katoomba with panoramic views of the World Heritage area, it links the main shopping precinct on Katoomba Street through enhanced pedestrian connections.
Collection Strengths: Launched in March 2014, the Blue Mountains Cultural Centre Collection is continuously growing. Each artwork selected based on its excellence, relevance, value and ability to celebrate the cultural identity of the Blue Mountains. Through considered and strategic collecting, we are building a body of artwork that our community will cherish in years to come. Like all great art, the collection uplifts, inspires, educates, amazes, challenges, preserves our histories, reflects our beliefs, and will hold and protect the legacies of artists and donors who understand the value that the Arts plays in a healthy, vibrant and engaged society.
Exhibition Spaces: The Gallery space of 600 m² includes 250m of movable exhibition walls and can be divided into three areas. It features 7m heigh ceilings, the latest LED lighting systems and complies with the National Standards for Australian Museums and Galleries.
Local Features: The Blue Mountains Cultural Centre is in the heart of the Blue Mountains, the City within a World Heritage National Park which is the state’s inaugural City of the Arts. It is located in the Katoomba town centre with panoramic views of the World Heritage environment from its elevated plaza. The Blue Mountains is a charming collection of mountain villages and hamlets, each with its own style and character. As you travel through the towns and villages you will hardly notice you climb over 1000 metres by the time you reach Katoomba, the region's largest town and home to the world famous Three Sisters rock formation.