Vespa motor scooter, Piaggio, Genoa, Italy 1981. Museums Discovery Centre Collection.


Permanent Exhibition

What’s parked in this store? Among many types of transport there’s a Cobb & Co coach, wheat wagon, steam ploughing engine, a selection of Australian cars, bicycles, a steam locomotive, a caravan, a yacht, a fire engine and an array of aircraft. There’s also a totem pole and a huge mosaic, which are here because it is the only store high enough to house them!

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.


Temporarily closed until 31 July 2021

In line with the NSW Government’s public health order, the Powerhouse Museum, Sydney Observatory and Museums Discovery Centre will temporarily close to the public until 10am Saturday 31 July 2021.

Thank you for your understanding at this time as we continue to put in place measures to protect the health of our visitors and staff and minimise the spread of COVID-19 in our community.

If you have purchased tickets for current exhibitions or upcoming programs during this period, our team will be in contact with you shortly to arrange a refund or reschedule your visit. If you would like to contact us please email: 

Back to top of page

Plan Your Experience

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

Back to top of page