The Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences is a catalyst for creative expression and curious minds. Across our three venues, we serve more than 700,000 people annually, including nearly 70,000 students and teachers.

Our ability to provide quality educational programs, to mount world class exhibitions and to expand our collection relies on the support of an engaged and enthusiastic community of support.

Our Current Appeal

Sydney Observatory Time Ball
Sydney Observatory Time Ball and tower against sky at dusk.

Since December, we have been raising funds to conserve the Sydney Observatory Time Ball, ensuring that it continues to operate.

When the Time Ball was installed atop Sydney Observatory in 1858, it allowed ships in Sydney Harbour to synchronise their chronometers in order to safely bring new passengers to Australia, to deliver mail to loved ones overseas and to plant the seeds for our growing nation.

Nearly 160 years later, the Time Ball continues to drop daily at 1pm, serving as a constant reminder of the technology that permeated our daily lives before the advent of radio, television or watches.

Now one of less than ten time balls in operation around the world, the Sydney Observatory Time Ball, like all heritage items, is in need of conservation.

With your gift, we can conserve the Time Ball to ensure it continues to operate for the next 160 years.

Donations over $2 are fully tax-deductible.

If you would like to speak with someone before making a donation, please contact our Development Team on (02) 9217 0393 or