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Free Museum Weekend 2018 at the Museums Discovery Centre

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172 Showground Rd

Castle Hill, NSW 2154

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Visit the Museums Dicovery Centre (MDC) free on 23 & 24 June, 10am - 5pm.

Delight challenge and inspire the kids at the MDC with a packed program of free family entertainment. Families can explore the stores, grab a bite to eat, make arts and craft, enjoy behind the scences tours and hear the mysteries of objects from our Volunteers.


Activities, Demonstrations & Shows
All activities available 10:00am to 4:00pm Saturday 25, and Sunday 24, June unless otherwise noted.

MAAS Deep Stores Tour – H Store
Step behind the scenes and explore more of our vast collections as you venture into the Deep Stores. A rare opportunity to view objects such as the old monorail, double decker buses, wacky inventions and other items of Sydney’s past. Join one of our volunteers to hear the fascinating history and quirky stories behind some of the objects in our collection. Children under 12 not admitted to Deep Store Tours. Limited capacity is available, please book here for the MAAS Deep Store Tours.

MAAS Glimpses in F-store Deep Stores
Visitors will also have the opportunity to explore our Deep Stores and see objects not normally on display such as the Sydney Olympic Collection or some of Australi's oldest car and bikes.

Highlight Tours 10.00, 11.00, 12.00, 1.00 & 2.00
Hear stories about our natural history, the ingenuity of the human invention and the way we live.

Discovery Stations
Visitors can learn how sound is made at the Good Vibrations Discovery Station.

Meccano Demonstration
Your favourite models are back from Sydney Meccano Modellers' Association and marvel and their models

Ngurra Mariyung – Camp Emu, 11:00am-3:00pm, SATURDAY 23 JUNE 2018 only
The mariyung, maugrai, dinnawan, nguruny (or what you may know as `emu’) is an important animal to many different First Nations groups. Learn about its cultural use in adornment, dance and food with hands-on workshops led by the Australian Museum’s First Nations Team.

Australian Museum Collection Tour, 11am, 12pm, 1pm, 2pm, 3pm, SATURDAY 23 JUNE 2018 only
Peek behind the scenes at the hidden wonders of the Australian Museum’s 18,000,000-strong collection and discover how conservation experts manage the precious, oversized and occasionally strange objects in their care. Limited capacity is available, please book here for the AM Collection Tours.

15 Stars Cook Island Dance Performance and Drumming Workshop, Sunday 24 JUNE 2018 only
11:30am and 1:30pm
Join the lively, engaging 15 STARS COOK ISLAND troupe to try your hand at Pacific drumming and experience their graceful, energetic, interactive dance performance.


Register for your chance to WIN!

Complete either a free registration or a donation* registration to go in the draw to WIN one of the MAAS prizes, with over $500 worth of prizes up for grabs! You could win:

  • A Family pass to the Reigning Men: Fashion in Menswear, 1715–2015
  • A Family Night Tour at Sydney Observatory,
  • A MAAS holiday digital learning workshop pass,
  • A MAAS Family Membership OR
  • 1 of 5 x VIP Australian Museum Family prizes.

Read T&Cs for more information, https://ma.as/8gp

*All donations over $2 are tax deductable.


Catering

Enjoy refreshments from food trucks, coffee stands and more onsite options throughout the day. Please note that all stalls accept CASH ONLY.



About the Museums Dicovery Center

Museums Discovery Centre (MDC), a collaboration between the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences (MAAS), Australian Museum (AM) and Sydney Living Museums (SLM), re-opened in September 2016 following refurbishment, and offers a rare chance to see how museums store their vast collections.

Museum of Arts and Applied Sciences (MAAS) The Powerhouse Museum, alongside Sydney Observatory and Museums Discovery Centre, is part of the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences (MAAS), Australia’s contemporary museum for excellence and innovation in applied arts and sciences. The Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences has a vast and diverse collection of over 500,000 objects.

Australian Museum (AM) Australian Museum, founded in 1827, is the nation’s first museum, and is an internationally recognised natural science and culture institution focused on Australia and the Pacific. As custodian of more than 18 million objects, the AM is uniquely positioned to provide a greater understanding of the region through its scientific research, exhibitions and public and education programs. Through the Australian Museum Research Institute (AMRI), the AM also has a leading role in conserving Australia’s biodiversity through understanding the environmental impacts of climate change, potential biosecurity threats and invasive species.

Sydney Living Museums (SLM) Sydney Living Museums manages and cares for a group of 12 of the most important historic houses, gardens and museums in NSW, from Elizabeth Farm and Vaucluse House to Susannah Place Museum and Museum of Sydney. SLM’s purpose is to enrich and revitalise people’s lives with Sydney’s living history, and to hand the precious places in its care and their collections on to future generations to enjoy. Sydney Living Museums’ collection comprises more than 45,000 objects with an additional 250,000 archaeological artefacts including material from two of Australia’s most significant historic archaeological digs - Hyde Park Barracks and First Government House Sydney.

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