Image: Marinco Kojdanovski

Community Weekend at the Museums Discovery Centre

Duration: All Weekend
28 March 2020–29 March 2020 10am–4pm Museums Discovery Centre Book Tickets

Engage with community groups and activities 28–29 March 2020 at the Museums Discovery Centre. Visitors will experience the treasures from three of Sydney’s favourite museums under the one roof with an exciting program of hands-on activities, cultural performances and fascinating collection tours.

Bring your family, friends and neighbours along! Weekend admission and activities are FREE.

General Admission booking essential, as tickets are limited.


Image: Marinco Kojdanovski
Presented by the Australian Museum

Behind-The-Scenes Collection Tours

Venture behind-the-scenes with Australian Museum staff on a fascinating tour looking at some of the largest objects from the collection.

Times: 11am, 12pm and 2pm
Dates: Saturday and Sunday, 28–29 March
12pm Saturday tour will be Auslan interpreted: click here to register.

1921 Stanley Steamer model 740B 20 hp steam car Made 1921-1922 This Stanley steam car was built either late in 1921 or early in 1922 by the Stanley Motor Carriage Co of Newton, Massachusetts, USA. As the name suggests, the Stanley Steamer is powered by steam, as opposed to other alternative power sources like internal combustion engines. Steam cars were popular in Australia in the first decade of the 20th century, but fell from favour before having a brief resurgence in the 1920s. It is estimated that in 2002 there were about 40 steam cars in Australia and most of them were Stanleys.
Image: Sotha Bourn

Glimpse tours

Classic Cars and Transport
Times: 11:00am and 2:00pm
Social History
Times: 11:30am and 2:30pm
Big Objects
Time: 1:30pm
Dates: Saturday and Sunday, 28–29 March
1:30pm Saturday tour will be Auslan interpreted

BMC Leyland Australia Heritage Car Collection.
Image: supplied by BMC Leyland Australia Heritage Group Committee.

Leyland Car Show

See a range of BMC-Leyland Australia Heritage Group motor vehicles and meet some of the team.

Time: all-day
Date: Saturday, 28 March only.

erformance by the Matavai Pacific Cultural Arts group
Image: Abram Powell
Presented by the Australian Museum

Matavai Pacific Cultural Arts

Witness talented youth from the Matavai Show Group perform cultural dances from Pacific Nations. Performers will move through the grounds before their main performance in the Ideation Lab.

Times: 11:30am and 1:30pm
Dates: Saturday and Sunday, 28–29 March

Emu foot string figure
Image: Abram Powell
Presented by the Australian Museum
matjka-wuma | String Figures

Join First Nations staff from the Australian Museum and make traditional string figures such as ‘weitj djen’ (emu foot) from Balardung Country in Western Australia or share any you know with us!Time: 10am–1pm (drop-in anytime)
Dates: Saturday and Sunday, 28–29 March

Older and younger woman walking past storage display units on a guided tour of MDC
Image: Marinco Kojdanovski

MAAS Curator tours

Discover fascinating stories behind the collection on display. Plus, try your hand at being a curator and writing your own label for a museum object.

Time: all-day
Dates: Saturday and Sunday, 28–29 March

Image: Ryan Hernandez

Meccano Display

Marvel at our Meccano display. See the collection and demonstrations.

Time: all-day
Date: Sunday, 29 March only.

The Hills Shire Library
Image: The Hills Shire Library Service

Pop-up Library

Meet with and talk to the staff from Castle Hill Library.

Time: all-day
Dates: Saturday and Sunday, 28–29 March

And more programs to be announced.


Other things to know:

  • Arrive anytime, but general admission pre-registration is essential.
  • Last entry is at 3pm each day.
  • All activities are organised on a first-come, first-served basis – there will be lots to do!
  • A variety of food and beverage options will be available.
  • Groups and buses are welcome if you are in a group of more than 8 please call +61 (02) 9217 0111 to book. Buses must drop off and collect only, there is no allocated bus parking area.
  • We recommend taking public transport to Museums Discovery Centre as no parking is available on site. A FREE Shuttle bus will be operating every 15 mins from Showground Metro Station and stopping at the Super Centre and the Museum Discovery Centre. The first bus leaves Showground station at 9.45am and the last bus is leaving the Museum Discovery Centre at 4.30pm.
  • If you have any specific access requirements please call the bookings line in advance on +61 (02) 9217 0111.


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Plan Your Experience

All the information you need to plan your visit is available on the Museums Discovery Centre venue page, including:

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