MAAS Vision

The Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences (MAAS) is a unique Australian institution that embodies the best of design ingenuity and innovation and reflects the growth, changing shape and future of Sydney.

The Museum profiles one of the world’s great collections and is a highly successful interdisciplinary institution that sits at the intersection of the arts, design, science and technology and plays a critical role in supporting the brand and vision of the city.

Access to the Museum’s exceptional collection is a cornerstone of the vision, opening up opportunities for engagement, participation and research. Deepening audience engagement, bringing the collections to life through hands on experiences and offering a variety of pathways through ideas and information is key to the delivery of our programs for people of all ages across our three sites: the Powerhouse Museum in Ultimo, Sydney Observatory in The Rocks and the Museums Discovery Centre in Castle Hill.

The MAAS experience is social and dynamic; it sparks curiosity and inspires creative thinking and innovation in our community. It embraces collaboration and cultivates a community of artists, designers, scientists, technologists and thinkers as well as building long term relationship with partners, supporters and international networks to deliver great exhibitions and programs, and economic returns to New South Wales – a contemporary museum for a smart and creative city.

We are looking forward to engaging with all stakeholders as we plan the new museum.  This includes showcasing the opportunities the preferred location presents and understanding community views about how the Museum can offer the best possible experience to interact with its collections, programs and activities and the ever-growing expectations of the digital age in its planning for a new museum in Parramatta.