Museums Discovery Centre

Museums Discovery Centre

Museums Discovery Centre

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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 Monday – Friday

10.00am – 5.00pm, last entry at 4.00pm.

Open to school bookings from 9.30am Tuesday – Friday.

Open for special programs and events outside of these hours.

Closed public holidays and during the Christmas break from 22 December 2018 – 13 January 2019.

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General Admission

Admission Cost
Adult: $10
Children (16 years and under): FREE
Concession*: $8
Student card holders: $8


Enjoy a free Highlights Tour from one of our passionate MDC Volunteers, Monday – Friday, 11.30am.

Please Note: General Admission is not available during special events or Extravaganza/Family Days taking place on site. Please see individual event pages for pricing during these special events and for more information.

*Concession cards must be shown upon admission to receive this reduced charge. Valid cards include:

  • Seniors Card-holders (all states)
  • Australian Student Card-holders
  • Centrelink Healthcare Card-holders
  • Australian Government Pension Card-holders
  • Australian Veterans’ Affairs Gold Card-holders


Admission Cost
Sydney Living Museums Members FREE
Australian Museum Members FREE
Members of Museums Australia Inc FREE

Pre-book your tickets online for priority entry to the Museums Discovery Centre.

Group Bookings

Admission Cost
Educator-led learning programs (45min)*: $10 per learner, minimum cost $180
Educator-led learning programs (90min)*: $15 per learner, minimum cost $240
RAM equity schools $5 / learner

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.

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, however catering is available for pre-booked groups and events.

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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