Image: Marinco Kojdanovski

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Community Weekend at the Museums Discovery Centre *event suspended*

Event

As a precautionary measure, this event has been suspended. Read more about our COVID-19 update.

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: Bottles containing Eucalyptus oils 2019, MAAS

A First Peoples Response

Join Indigenous staff from the Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences and Sydney Living Museum for a tour of their collection high-lights as they respond to their favourite objects from a First Peoples cultural perspective.

Time: 12.30pm
Date: Saturday, 28 March only.

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.

Older and younger woman walking past storage display units on a guided tour of MDC
Image: Marinco Kojdanovski
Presented by the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences

Curator tours

Discover fascinating stories behind the collection on display.

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

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: 11:30am and 2:30pm
Social History
Times: 11:00am and 2:00pm 
Big Objects (Saturday, 28 March Only)
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
Image: Ryan Hernandez

Meccano Display

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

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

Image: supplied by Morris Minor Car Club of NSW.

Morris Minor Car Club of NSW

See a range of Morris Minor motor vehicles from the Morris Minor Car Club of NSW, and meet some of the members.

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

And a range of activity-based discovery stations.

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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