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Donating to the MAAS collection

October 24, 2018

Ever wondered how to donate to a museum? Curator Tilly Boleyn reveals what to consider before you get in touch. Spring is a busy time. Flowers are blooming, lambs are frolicking and people are clearing out their sheds thinking, “I wonder if I should donate this to a museum?”.

How to build a time machine

September 5, 2018

Presenter Dr Graeme Phillips explains the finer points of time travel. Back in January, the Catalyst team from the ABC approached us about using some of the Museum's clocks in an upcoming episode of their show. They were producing an episode entitled ‘How To Build A Time Machine', which would delve into the nature of time, whether time travel could ever become a reality, and what rules you'd want to follow if you did indeed find yourself in possession of a working time machine.

So you want a career in Science?

August 8, 2018

Photograph of Sarah Reeves on the surface of a large radio telescope dish. The Inside the Collection blog is normally devoted to bringing our readers stories about objects from the Museum's unique collection, and our latest exhibitions, and the amazing staff who make it all happen.

Holograms and History

July 25, 2018

Catalina Frigate Bird II on display at the Powerhouse Museum

Imagine a museum where objects come to life as you walk amongst them. With augmented reality technology, that’s becoming possible, enabling visitors to explore museum exhibits and artefacts in new ways.

Present and Past Family Life – Toilets

July 18, 2018

Wooden toy farm house, windmill, wishing well, duck pond and outside toilet with lead farm animals and farmer. Lav, privy, loo, thunderbox, WC, outhouse, toot, throne, restroom, powder room, washroom, john, kharsi, bog, comfort station, and even twinkle-palace, are just some of the euphemisms used for toilets.

Smurftastic!

June 12, 2018

Photograph of Seventeen Smurf figurines on display Instantly recognisable for their distinct appearance of blue skin, white clothing and a small stature, Smurfs are a cherished worldwide children's franchise that began in Belgium in the late-1950s.

Men getting dressed: installing a fashion exhibition at the Powerhouse Museum

May 23, 2018

Photograph of the Macaroni Ensemble Suit on display The four-week installation of the touring exhibition Reigning Men: Fashion in Menswear, 1715-2015 was one of the most complex that I have ever been involved in. At the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences (MAAS), we displayed over 130 ensembles and single garments, primarily from the permanent collection of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), which was an edited version of the original exhibition first shown at LACMA in 2016.

Sydney’s Best Kept Secret: The Museums Discovery Centre

May 9, 2018

View from mezzanine of Room 3, Museums Discovery Centre This post was written by Chloe Appleby, a Curatorial Volunteer working under the supervision of Curator Margaret Simpson throughout 2017 and 2018. Chloe also works as a Program Producer and Visitor Services Officer at MAAS's Powerhouse site in Ultimo and the Museums Discovery Centre in Castle Hill.

Behind the scenes: Developing Australian Men’s Style

March 14, 2018

Senior Curator Roger Leong at work on a series of pin up boards The Museum is excited to present Australian Men’s Style featuring 25 objects from the MAAS collection that touch on aspects of Australian men’s dress over a period of 200 years. From gentlemen’s attire in the early colonial period to post-World War II outfits and contemporary design, Australian Men’s Style will feature some of the milestones in the evolution of Australian menswear.

Powerhouse Museum turns 30!

March 10, 2018

Photograph of Staff in front of Loco 1 On 10 March the Powerhouse Museum celebrates its 30th birthday. Over the past three decades the Museum has produced an enormous number of amazing exhibitions covering everything from science to art, Star Wars to high fashion.