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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 Appeals

We are currently raising funds to support both the Museum’s learning programs across our three sites as well as in celebration of Sydney Observatory’s 160th Anniversary.

2018 Annual Appeal

We are seeking your support to help fund our pioneering learning programs to provide critical 21st century digital literacy skills for schools and young people across Australia.

The programs MAAS offers—steeped in real-world, problem based learning—allow learners to understand how the application of skills and experience derived and combined through science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics (STEAM) can create a better tomorrow. Whether coding state-of-the-art mobile apps and virtual reality programs to designing mini Mars rovers, our programs are inspiring the next generation to be innately curious, to think critically, to collaborate, to question the world around them and to proactively reimagine a world full of possibilities.

But financial and geographical boundaries often prevent learners from experiencing these programs. With your generosity, we can remove these boundaries, ensuring all Australians have the opportunity to learn the skills required to meet the demands of the future. No gift is too small:

  • Gifts of $100 can enable a remote or regional school to participate in video conferencing programs
  • Gifts of $200 can support a school to participate in learning experiences at the Powerhouse Museum, Sydney Observatory or Museums Discovery Centre
  • Gifts of $500 can deliver a set of the MAAS developed ThinkerShield classroom coding kits to a school, providing hands on coding skills
  • Gifts of $1,000 can send the MAAS learning team to a school in remote and regional areas to provide hands on learning

Donations over $2 are fully tax-deductible.

Sydney Observatory 160th Anniversary Appeal

Last year, we raised funds to conserve Sydney Observatory’s historic Time Ball, the very reason for the establishment of the Observatory nearly 160 years ago. Beginning 5 June 2018, the Observatory’s 160th birthday, we are raising funds to support the ongoing conservation work and learning programs at the Observatory to ensure it can continue to operate for the next 160 years.

There are multiple ways for you to celebrate the Observatory’s birthday with us, including:

  • Naming an anniversary star in the Sydney Southern Star Catalogue
  • Attending an array of talks and events at the Observatory
  • Donating to the conservation of Sydney Observatory
  • Enabling astronomy outreach programs that will take a curiosity for the stars into communities and beyond the Observatory walls.

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 0575 or