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Museums Discovery Centre Open Weekend
Become an explorer for the weekend and traverse the boundaries of the natural world and built environment. Activities throughout the weekend are free, so join us to scale our rock climbing wall to reach new heights, or discover what lies beneath in our dig pit; take a ride on a camel or take a look at the Jeep Club’s cars; explore the collections of three of NSW’s major range of cultural institutions, or join a curator talk or volunteer tour to learn more about the tools and traits of explorers.
You can arrive anytime but booking your one day FREE access pass is essential as our open weekends are very popular.
Activities, Demonstrations, Talks, Tours and Shows
- Rock Climbing Wall
- Dig Pit - look for real gem stones
- Camel rides
- Spider Craft activity provided by Australian Museum
- Curator Talks from three museums held throughout the stores
- Archaeological activities provided by Sydney Living Museums
- Drop in Family Craft
- Discovery Stations
- Store Guides from Volunteers sharing their stories of the collections
There is so much to see and do, we recommend planning your day using the Open Weekend Program available at museumsdiscoverycentre.com
The MDC, a collaboration between the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences (MAAS), Australian Museum (AM) and Sydney Living Museums (SLM), 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), 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) 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.