Explore The Museums Discovery Centre

Museums Discovery Centre Entrance

Welcome to the Museums Discovery Centre

The Museums Discovery Centre is a fab morning out if you enjoy Australian history and memorabilia. There are 1000’s of items on display from furniture, to old electronics, cars, trains and buses and household goods. The museum is actually a storage area for three Sydney museums – The Australian Museum, Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences and Sydney Living Museums

The museum is a good rainy day activity or for those who enjoy history. All up I think the museum is most suited to older kids or adults – there’s a lot of information to take in but not as many hands on displays as other museums.

Excitingly the Museum has recently announced that entry is now FREE (it was previously $10.00 for adults). It is important to note that the museum is now only open on weekends or weekdays for group bookings.

Permanent Exhibitions

The main part of the centre is the permanent exhibitions. These include six ‘stores’ each with a different theme. Items within the stores are displayed in a range of creative ways – including off the ceiling, in crates, up the walls, in display cabinets and in drawers.
Feel free to explore the unique storage system by opening drawers and reading about the items within.

The six stores display items from different museum categories

Each store includes touch screens that provide information on items within the stores. Items are also individually tagged with some basic information. Store 3 includes computers if you want to view the three museums websites.

Take a tour

If you are really keen you can also book into a Deep Collection Store Tour or Visible Collection Store Tour – additional costs apply. These tours can only run with a minimum of  8 or 15 participants.

Fun for the kids

Whilst the museum is probably not the most child friendly one in Sydney, there are a couple of activities that children will enjoy. Kids can pick up a Bunnykins Discovery Trail activity or Adventurer logbook from the reception. The different activities are age based and provide entertainment for the kids while parents get to look around.

The centre also includes a kids activity area, near the reception. The area includes some craft materials and games.

Museums Discovery Centre Kids Area

Kids will enjoy the kids corner

Five reasons to visit Museums Discovery Centre

  1. View thousands of items otherwise not on display
  2. Get hands on and open the storage drawers
  3. Take the free tour at 11.30am each day
  4. Find out more information via the touch screens 
  5. Let the kids get creative in the kids area

Freedays summary

  • Entry: Yes, only open Saturday and Sunday. The museum is open Wednesday to Friday by appointment.
  • Toilets: Yes
  • Wheelchair friendly: Yes
  • Free carparking: Yes
  • Free BBQ facilities: No
  • Time to spend here: 1 – 2 hours
  • Food available: No
  • Address: 172 Showground Road, Castle Hill NSW 2154 (enter off Green Road)
  • Further details: maas.museum/museums-discovery-centre

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