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FREE MUSEUM WEEKEND 2018

Event
23 and 24 June, 2018
Museums Discovery Centre
Powerhouse Museum
Sydney Observatory
Book Tickets

Visit the Powerhouse Museum, Sydney Observatory, Museums Discovery Centre and Australian Museum Saturday 23 and Sunday 24 June and enjoy FREE general admission, for this weekend only.

 

Register for your FREE tickets and WIN!
Complete either a free registration or a donation* registration to go in the draw to WIN one of the MAAS prizes, with over $500 worth of prizes up for grabs! T&CS apply.

 

At the Powerhouse Museum

There’s something for the whole family at the Powerhouse Museum. Explore your favourite exhibitions such as Transport and Space , see Mars rovers, NSW’s very first locomotive, or just pop in and have a dance at The Wiggles Exhibition. You can also explore our new exhibitions, Common Good, which focuses on contemporary design from the Asia-Pacific region, and Reigning Men: Fashion in Menswear, 1715–2015.

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Please note that a visit to Reigning Men: Fashion in Menswear, 1715–2015 will be $5 during the Free Museum Weekend, and will only be available until sold out due to limited capacity.

BOOK NOW FOR SAT 23 JUNE

BOOK NOW FOR SUN 24 JUNE

At Museums Discovery Centre

Enjoy a free weekend of celebration, discovery and exploration though the collections of the Museums of Applied Arts and Sciences, Australian Museum and Sydney Living Museums in the Museums Discovery Centre. Enjoy live and interactive discovery stations, behind the scenes tours of the deep stores, collection-specific tours, performances, workshops and presentations by Australian Museum’s First Nations experts.

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Please note: the Behind the Scenes Tours, has a limited capacity, reserve your spot so you don’t miss out.

BOOK AUSTRALIAN MUSEUM COLLECTIONS TOURS

BOOK MAAS DEEP STORE H TOURS

 

At Australian Museum

This weekend is your last chance to experience GADI. This unique exhibition explores the rich and intricate history of the Gadigal people, their culture and language, as well as their knowledge of botany, stonework and watercraft.

And you’ll be free to wander through museum favourites Wild Planet, Minerals and Surviving Australia, and get hands-on in Search & Discover and Kidspace. Plus visit Australian Museum’s newly-refurbished Westpac Long Gallery with the jaw-dropping exhibition 200 Treasures of the Australian Museum.

Entry to Mammoths – Giants of the Ice Age, will incur a top-up fee of $10 for adults and $5 for kids.

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At Sydney Observatory

PLEASE NOTE: REGISTRATIONS TO VISIT SYDNEY OBSERVATORY ARE NOW BOOKED OUT FOR SATURDAY AND SUNDAY, 6:00pm-9:00pm.

Due to capacity limitations at the Observatory we can only guarantee entry for pre-registered ticket holders.

Catering

Enjoy refreshments from food trucks, coffee stands and more onsite options at each venue throughout the day. Please note that all stalls accept CASH ONLY.

 

Presenting Partner

Australian Museum

Tickets

Register for your FREE tickets and WIN!
Complete either a free registration or a donation* registration to go in the draw to WIN one of the MAAS prizes, with over $500 worth of prizes up for grabs! You could win:

A Family pass to the Reigning Men: Fashion in Menswear, 1715–2015
A Family Night Tour at Sydney Observatory,
A MAAS holiday digital learning workshop pass,
A MAAS Household Membership OR
1 x 5 Australian Museum VIP Family Pass

Read T&Cs for more information, https://ma.as/8gp

*All donations over $2 are tax deductible. We’d encourage you to make a donation to our annual appeal when you register. These donations will help us inspire thousands of future innovators. Read more here,

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Plan Your Experience

All the information you need to plan your visit is available on the following pages:

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FAQs

MUSEUMS DISCOVERY CENTRE FAQs
POWERHOUSE MUSEUM FAQs
SYDNEY OBSERVATORY FAQs

POWERHOUSE MUSEUM FAQs

What is the Powerhouse Museum’s address?
The Museum is located at 500 Harris St, Ultimo. There are two entrances to the building:

  • Entry via Harris Street (Level 3 of the Museum)
  • Entry via The Goods Line (Level 1 of the Museum

What is the best way to get to the Powerhouse Museum?
We highly recommend that you use public transport, visit www.transportnsw.info for timetable information. The Powerhouse Museum can be accessed via:

  • Light Rail – Paddy’s Market stop
  • Train – Central station
  • Bus – alight at Harris St or Railway Square
  • Ferry – to Darling Harbour

While street parking in Ultimo is limited, the Powerhouse Museum has some discount parking arrangements with the below nearby parking stations. Make sure you validate your parking ticket at the Powerhouse Museum before leaving.

What are the opening hours?
10am to 5pm (last entry 4pm). While your ticket will state a 10am start you are able to enter the venue any time between 10am and 4pm.

What is the cost for entry on the Free Museum Weekend?
On Saturday 23 and Sunday 24 June general admission entry is FREE for one weekend only. Tickets are not transferable for any other visit.

Entry to Reigning Men: Fashion in Menswear, 1715–2015 is $5 for this weekend Free Museum Weekend only (Saturday 23 & Sunday 24 June). Limited capacity and only available until sold out.

MAAS members receive free entry all year round.

Do I need a ticket to enter?
Register for your tickets online before attending. In the event that the venue reaches capacity, priority will be given to ticket-holders.

It is free to register and registrations can be made online at https://www.eventbrite.com.au/o/free-museum-weekend-17423451345

Complete either a free registration or a donation* registration to go in the draw to WIN one of the MAAS or Australian Museum prizes, over a $500 worth of prizes up for grabs! Win Family pass to Reigning Men: Fashion in Menswear, 1715–2015
Family Night Tour at Sydney ObservatoryMAAS holiday digital learning workshop pass and so much more. Read T&Cs for more information.

*All donations over $2 are tax deductible.

My ticket has a time on it. What does that mean?
The Powerhouse is open 10am − 5pm on both Saturday and Sunday and you can enter at any time prior to 4pm.

Mornings will be very busy so if possible you might consider visiting later in the day. Most hands-on activities continue all day until 4.30pm, with the Museum’s doors closing at 5pm.

Can I visit the exhibition Reigning Men?
If you would like to visit Reigning Men: Fashion in Menswear, 1715–2015 we ask that you pre-purchase your ticket for your timed sessions so that you don’t miss out. Tickets are discounted by 75%, and are $5, for this weekend only. There is limited capacity available within this show.

If you do not hold a ticket to visit the exhibition Reigning Men: Fashion in Menswear, 1715–2015. there may be opportunity to secure tickets on the day if it isn’t sold out.

Is the Free Museum Weekend suitable for children?
Yes, this is a family-friendly event. Children aged 12 years and under need to be accompanied by an adult at all times.

Is photography permitted?
Yes, you can take photos in the Powerhouse Museum as long as you don’t use flash. This is to protect our precious collection. We would love it if you could tag us too: @maasmuseum #powerhousemusueum #freemuseumweekend

Our videographer and photographer will also be documenting the weekend for the Museum’s promotional purposes. Please let our team know if you would prefer that we don’t take photographs or film you or your children.

Will cloaking be available?
Yes, cloaking for bags, jackets and umbrellas is available adjacent to the admission desk on Level 3 (Harris St entrance).

Will there be pram parking available?
The day will be busy so we suggest bringing a baby carrier. There will be limited pram parking available.

Baby change facilities are located on Levels 4, 2 and 1 (adjacent to the outdoor playground).

Are food and drinks permitted in the Powerhouse?
Food or drinks are not permitted inside exhibition spaces. However there will be a designated food area on Level 2 inside the Powerhouse building (Powerhouse Learning Centre).

Outside the building, there will also be designated food and drink areas on Level 1 in the Junction Courtyard and in the café on Level 3.

Is there a café at the Powerhouse?
Yes, there are two cafés at the Powerhouse, located on level 3 (near the exit) and the Junction Courtyard adjacent to the outdoor playground on Level 1.

Is the Powerhouse accessible?
The Powerhouse Museum is fully accessible, with ramps and accessible toilet facilities located on Levels 4, 2 and 1. Wheelchairs may be borrowed from the cloaking desk too (subject to availability).

If you can’t make the Free Museum Weekend, we invite you to come check out MAAS throughout the school holidays

 

SYDNEY OBSERVATORY FAQs

What is the Sydney Observatory’s address?
The Observatory is located at 1003 Upper Fort St, Millers Point (Observatory Hill).

What is the best way to get to the Observatory?
We highly recommend that you use public transport, visit www.transportnsw.info for timetable information. The Observatory can be accessed via:

  • Train – Circular Quay
  • Ferry – Circular Quay
  • Bus – Watson Rd or Argyle St

Visit https://maas.museum/sydney-observatory/ for more details.

What are the opening hours?
6pm to 9pm (last entry 4pm)

What is the cost for entry on the Free Museum Weekend?
On Saturday 23 and Sunday 24 June entry is FREE for one weekend only.

Do I need a ticket to enter?
Yes, due to capacity limitations at Sydney Observatory we can only guarantee entry for pre-registered ticket holders (who have registered at https://www.eventbrite.com.au/o/free-museum-weekend-17423451345). Registrations have now closed.

My ticket has a time on it. What does that mean?
The Observatory is open 6pm − 9pm on both Saturday and Sunday for the Free Museum Weekend, with gates closing at 9pm.

*Weather permitting

Can I join a tour to look through the Observatory’s telescopes?
There will be no night telescope tours, telescopes will be available for the general public for glimpses through the telescopes but there is limited capacity.

Is the Free Museum Weekend suitable for children?
Yes, this is a family-friendly event. Children aged 12 years and under need to be accompanied by an adult at all times.

Is this event outdoors or indoors?
The majority of the activities will be outdoors.You will be able to visit the Observatory building but capacity is limited inside so there may be a wait for entry.

Is photography permitted?
Yes, you can take photos, we ask that you don’t use flash within the Observatory building. This is to protect our precious collection. We would love it if you could tag us too: @maasmuseum #sydneyobservatory #freemuseumweekend

Our videographer and photographer will also be documenting the weekend for the Museum’s promotional purposes. Please let our team know if you would prefer that we don’t take photographs or film you or your children.

Will cloaking be available?
Cloaking facilities are NOT available at the Observatory. Dress warmly it will be a cold night, gloves, scarfs and big jackets.

Will there be pram parking available?
There is limited pram parking available on-site.

Are food and drinks permitted in the Observatory?
No, food or drinks are permitted inside the Observatory building.

Is there a café at the Observatory?
There will be food carts available serving hot and cold drinks and snacks.

Is the Observatory accessible?
Visitors using wheelchairs are able to access Sydney Observatory gardens, Space theatre, ground floor exhibitions and the East Dome telescope. There is no wheelchair access to the North and South telescope domes due to narrow and steep staircases in the heritage-listed buildings. There will also be several outdoor telescope installed to view the night objects, weather permitting.

Toilets are located at the rear of the building and can be accessed from the grounds. There is a toilet which can accommodate a wheelchair.

What can I do when I visit?
See objects in the sky such as Saturn, Jupiter and the moon, weather permitting.

 

MUSEUMS DISCOVERY CENTRE FAQs

What is the Museums Discovery Centre address?
The Museum is located at 172 Showground Road, Castle Hill. Pedestrian entry is via Showground Road.

What is the best way to get to the Museums Discovery Centre?

We highly recommend that you use public transport and catch the bus. For more bus timetable and route information use the trip planner to plan your trip.

Limited free parking is available in the TAFE carpark via Green Road. Direct pedestrian access from the carpark to the MDC entrance is marked below in pink.

MDC site map

Additional street parking is available around the site and there are a range of car parks located within a short walking distance to the site.

What are the opening hours?
10am to 5pm (last entry 4pm). While your ticket will state a 10am start you are able to enter the venue any time between 10am and 4pm.

What is the cost for entry on the Free Museum Weekend?
On Saturday 23 and Sunday 24 June entry is FREE for one weekend only. Tickets are not transferable for any other visit.

MAAS, Sydney Living Museums and Australian Museum members receive free entry all year round at Museums Discovery Centre.

Do I need a ticket to enter?
Register for your tickets online before attending.

In the event that the venue reaches capacity, priority will be given to ticket-holders.

It is free to register and registrations can be made online https://www.eventbrite.com.au/o/free-museum-weekend-17423451345

*All donations over $2 are tax deductible.

My ticket has a time on it. What does that mean?
The Museums Discovery Centre is open 10am − 5pm on both Saturday and Sunday and you can enter at any time during these hours.

Last Entry is at 4pm.

Mornings will be very busy so if possible you might consider visiting later in the day.

Is the Free Museum Weekend suitable for children?
Yes, this is a family-friendly event. Children aged 12 years and under need to be accompanied by an adult at all times.

Is photography permitted?
Yes, you can take photos in the Museums Discovery Centre as long as you don’t use flash. This is to protect our precious collection. We would love it if you could tag us too: @MuseumsDiscoveryCentre  #MuseumsDiscoveryCentre

Our videographer and photographer will also be documenting the weekend for the Museum’s promotional purposes. Please let our team know if you would prefer that we don’t take photographs or film you or your children.

Will there be pram parking available?
We advise to leave prams at home. If in the event you do bring your pram, there is pram parking available near the entrances to the building.

Baby change facilities are located near the ramp and the front desk.

Are food and drinks permitted in the Museums Discovery Centre?
Food or drinks are not permitted inside exhibition spaces. However there will be a designated food area outside the Museums Discovery Centre building so please pack a picnic hamper, you are welcome to sit on our lawns.

Is there a catering at the Museums Discovery Centre?
Yes, there will be food trucks, and a coffee cart, with a range of catering options.

Is the Museums Discovery Centre accessible?
The Museum Discovery Centre is fully accessible, with ramps and accessible toilet facilities located near the loading dock and lower levels near room 4.

What can I do when I visit?
Museum Discovery Centre will be open for free general admission with a range of free school holiday activities, Volunteer Tours and Behind the Scenes Tours of our Collection.

If you can’t make the Free Museum Weekend, we invite you to come check out the Museums Discovery Centre or MAAS, Australian Museum & Sydney Living Museums throughout the school holidays.

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