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Free Museum Weekend at Museums Discovery Centre

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Museums Discovery Centre

172 Showground Road

Castle Hill, NSW 2154

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Visit the Museums Dicovery Centre (MDC) free on the last weekend in June.

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, meet our Australian Wildlife friends and hear the mysteries of objects from our Volunteers.


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

Behind the Scene Tours - Transport
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 Free, but limited capacity so reserve your spot online.

Behind the Scene Tours - Australian Social History
Visitors will also have the opportunity to explore our Deep Stores and see objects not normally on display such as the Sydney Olympic Collection and more. Free, but limited capacity so reserve your spot online


Australian Wildlife Displays
10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Get up close with our Australian wildlife friends. You never know who you may meet.


Bubblescence
12:00pm and 2:00pm
Surrender to the joy of playing with glow-in-the-dark bubbles as you learn about luminescence, the natural phenomenon which illuminates fireflies and glow worms and is being harnessed by scientists to shed new light on how life works.


Car Club
Meet members from the FJ Holden Car Club


Dig Pit
Search for artefacts and gems in our dig pit; what will you discover?


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


Make a thaumatrope
Before cartoons and claymation and CGI made their debuts, motion pictures were often enjoyed with simple toys like the thaumatrope. A thaumatrope is an optical toy which was popular during the 19th century. Visitors will have the chance to craft their own to take home.


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


Yarning Up Talking Place
Saturday 24th only 10:00am-4:00pm
Drop in to the Yarnin'up Talking Place to hear a story or tell a story. A place for young and old to share memories of culture in this collaboration between the Australian Museum and Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences Indigenous Teams.


Woven Tales
Sunday Only 10:00am-4:00pm
Elder Karleen Green with Charlie Williams demonstrate Aboriginal weaving techniques in this hands-on workshop


Stores
Discover the collection of the Museums of Applied Arts and Sciences, Australian Museum and Sydney Living Museums in the Museums Discovery Centre on display in our main visible storage site.


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 or Australian Museum prizes, over a $1000 worth of prizes up for grabs! Win Family pass to the The International Exhibition of Sherlock Holmes, Family Night Tour at Sydney Observatory, MAAS holiday digital learning workshop pass, Love Is...High Tea for you and a friend, OR 1 of 5 x VIP Australian Museum Family prizes. Read T&Cs for more information.

*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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