Museums Discovery Centre

Museums Discovery Centre

The Museums Discovery Centre (MDC) is a collaboration between the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences (MAAS), Australian Museum (AM) and Sydney Living Museums.

Inside the Museums Discovery Centre you will find millions of treasures, with hundreds on display for you to explore, and thousands more waiting to be discovered through booked tours of the deep collection stores.

A visit to the MDC also provides you with a rare opportunity to learn about museum collecting, conservation and research practices.


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Opening Hours

Open Saturday and Sunday

10.00am – 4.00pm

Closed Monday and Tuesday, open by group appointment Wednesday to Friday.

Closed public holidays and during the Christmas break from 23 December – 14 January 2020.

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General Admission

Admission Cost
Adult: FREE
Children (16 years and under): FREE
Concession*: FREE
Student card holders: FREE


Group Tours

Group tours require minimum 8 people. Maximum 15 people for Deep Collection Store tours.

Admission Cost
Visible Collection Store: $10 / person
Deep Collection Store**: $20 / person

*Includes home school and vacation care groups.

**Please Note, for safety reasons children 12 and under can not be admitted for Deep Stores Group Tours as this takes place in a working storage area.

To book please call +61 (02) 9217 0111

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Getting Here

Entry to the Museums Discovery Centre is via the TAFE gate on Green Road, just off Showground Road.

There is limited free parking onsite at the Museums Discovery Centre. Drive through the TAFE and enter the Discovery Centre grounds, following the arrows to the Main Entrance and park near the Windmill.

Free overflow parking is also available in the TAFE carpark.

Bus and Truck entry is limited to the entrance on Windsor Road.

The closest metro station is Hills Showground. The 601, 626, 633 and 651 bus routes run at various times throughout the day from Hills Showground to the TAFE, Green Road bus stop. Travel time, including walking from Green Road bus stop through the TAFE carpark to the main entrance, is approximately 20 minutes. If walking directly from the Hills Showground Metro station it is approximately 30 minutes.

For bus timetables and routes either phone the Transport Information Line on 131500 or go to the website.

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Parking onsite is limited, but free. Parking is also available in the adjacent TAFE carpark accessible via the Green Road gate.

Green Road is the best entry to the Museums Discovery Centre, although access is available via the Windsor Road and Showground Road gates.

There is additional parking available on Victoria Road. Pedestrian entry is through Showground Road.


MDC site map showing carpark entry and exit.

Bus and truck entry is only available through the Windsor Road gate. Bus parking in designated bus bay (near the windmill).

Disabled parking is available onsite (not during Open Weekends)

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Shop Hours

The Museums Discovery Centre has a small gift shop near the admissions counter.

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Food and Cafés

There is no onsite café. Some snacks and drinks can be purchased from the retail shop.

No food or drink are permitted in the collection stores – there are designated areas for consuming food and drinks.

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We aim to provide venues, exhibitions, programs and services which can be enjoyed by all visitors, including those with disabilities.

Companion Card

MAAS, AM and SLM are affiliates of the NSW Government’s Department of Ageing, Disability and Home Care’s Companion Card program. This means that carers who accompany a person with a disability will be eligible for free entry on presentation of their Companion Card. Visit the Companion Card website for more information.


Visitors using wheelchairs are able to access the Museums Discovery Centre exhibition and seminar facilities via a lift. Toilets are located inside the building. There is a toilet which can accommodate a wheelchair.


We welcome visitors of all ages to the Museums Discovery Centre. If you are visiting with small children, note that prams are not permitted in the galleries. Please cloak your pram in designated pram cloaking area near the main entrance. For babies in arms, you may consider bringing a baby carrier with you to use within the building.

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