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Museums Discovery Centre Open Weekend

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Museums Discovery Centre

172 Showground Road

Castle Hill, NSW 2154

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Bring your family, friends and neighbours for some great fun!

The Open Weekend, Saturday 18 and Sunday 19 November, 10.00 am - 5.00 pm, is an invitation to come and explore the Museums Discovery Centre for free and deepen your understanding of the world and the way it works. Enjoy the Museum's unique environment, special performances and free activities for you and your little explorer.

Get Creative with DIY workshops, be mesmerised by authentic dancers from the Pacific, make marine animals with Aboriginal elder, Karleen Green, gaze at marvelous inventions and much more!

FREE. Registrations essential.

Special Performances, Talks and Activities
All activities available 10am to 4pm Saturday and Sunday, 18 and 19 November unless otherwise noted below.

  • DIY Zone
    Dabble in making, breaking, fixing and tinkering at our D.I.Y zone. Take apart everyday items and take a peek of what lies inside using a range of tools. Make your own creation using everyday materials.

  • Meccano display

  • Morsecodians
    Send a message home in morse code via the Old Telegraph Station in Alice Springs, or have your name coded and decoded.

  • Dance Performance by the Fiji Youth Initiative
    Saturday 18 November, 12:00pm and 2:00pm
    Western Sydney-based meke dance group Fiji Youth Initiative perform Fijian, Cook Island and Pacific dances which tell of everyday life in the Pacific.

  • Polynesian Dance Performance by Mana at Heart
    Sunday 19 November, 12:00pm and 2:00pm
    Mana at Heart, Emerton Youth Recreation Centre’s Polynesian cultural awareness program connects young people to their cultural roots and raises awareness about Pacifica cultures through Samoan and Tahitian dance.

  • Reclaim, Reuse
    Saturday 18 and Sunday 19 November, 11:00am-4:00pm
    Join elder Karleen Green and Australian Museum Aboriginal staff to learn how to weave turtles, snakes and jellyfish from recycled materials while discussing Aboriginal ecological knowledge and the impact of waste on our marine life.

  • Drop in Family Craft

  • Discovery Stations

  • Ask one of our passionate and knowledgeable MDC volunteers and hear their stories about the collections on display.


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.

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