An earthenware tile from Damascus, Syria. Museums Discovery Centre Collection.

Art & Design

Permanent Exhibition

The talent and skills of some of the world’s best designers are contained in this store. Chairs, vases, platters, bowls, necklaces, shell work, baskets, silverware, jugs, figurines, teapots and coffee services are all brimming with the creativity of generations of designers and makers, and are a rich source of inspiration today.

About these collections

The items on display at the Museums Discovery Centre are drawn from the vast collections of the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences, Australian Museum and Sydney Living Museums.

Between them, these museums care for millions of objects and specimens, providing insights into engineering, architecture, science, art, transport, fashion, design, health, technology, natural history, domestic life, Indigenous and Pacific cultures and more.

Many of the items you’ll see on display have never been exhibited before, and there are many more treasures to be seen by taking a booked tour through the deep stores where the museum staff work day to day.


Now open every weekend, free of charge

Please note

  • To visit, simply arrive at the entry between 10am – 3.30pm and scan our QR code to enter at the door
  • Following NSW Health’s Public Health Order, face masks are now mandatory when visiting the Museums Discovery Centre. We have reduced our capacities to one person per 4 square metres and continue to undertake increased cleaning to reduce the likelihood of exposure and additional cleaning of touch points in exhibitions has also been implemented. 
  • Any visitors who have visited one of the identified venues on the NSW Health list or have any cold or flu symptoms, should delay their visit. Please bring your own mask when visiting.
  • Visitors wishing to pre-book their visit can do so here:
  • Interactive activities remain suspended until restrictions ease.
  • To help plan your visit, please find information here about the measures we’ve put in place to keep everyone safe. Visitors are required to provide their name and contact details on arrival to support contact tracing in line with NSW Health rules and our COVID-Safe plan.
  • If you wish to bring a group, or have any accessibility questions about your visit, please contact us at or call 9217 0222.
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Plan Your Experience

All the information you need to plan your visit is available on the Museums Discovery Centre venue page, including:

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