Sydney Opera House Lesson for Kids: Facts & History

Instructor: Jennifer Lowery

Jennifer has taught elementary levels K-3 and has master's degrees in elementary education and curriculum/instruction and educational leadership.

One of the most famous buildings in Australia is the Sydney Opera House. In this lesson, learn about the history and architecture of this landmark, and discover some interesting facts about its use!

Travel to Sydney!

Let's go down under to the land of the outback, kangaroos, koalas, and a very famous opera house!

Sydney is the capital city of the country (and continent!) of Australia. This city is located on the coast and is home to one of the most famous landmarks of Australia.

The Sydney Opera House has become a symbol of the land down under and has a special history and unique features. It even becomes a work of art during an Australian festival of lights each year!

History and Architecture

Located on Bennelong Point in Sydney Harbor, the opera house was completed in 1973 after 16 years of construction. It was designed by a Danish architect named Jørn Utzon. He won a contest where his design beat out other plans from architects all over the world!

The opera house was built on a large slab of granite. Its large points were covered in white tiles and many believe they look like sails from a boat or large shells. In fact, they are often referred to as shells.

The Sydney Opera House shells created by white tiles have become a symbol of Australia.
Sydney landmark

The construction of the opera house was not an easy task! Building the large shells was an engineering challenge and it was a very expensive building to create. In fact, it became so expensive that many Australians protested its construction!

However, most people were satisfied with the beauty of the building once it was completed. And now, it's hard to imagine Australia without the famous opera house!

Inside the White Tiles

You may think only opera is performed inside the famous white shells, but there is so much more that happens inside the Sydney Opera House! The main concert hall can hold over 2,500 people and this is where symphonies and choirs often perform.

If you like watching ballet, head to the Opera Theatre. Musicals with ballet dancing are regularly performed in this area that can seat over 1,500 people. In addition to these areas, the Opera House has a reception hall, restaurants, and places where artwork is often displayed.

Some of the areas in the opera house are where famous paintings and sculptures are displayed.
art venue in opera house

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