Bottles containing botanical specimens, Museums Discovery Centre Collection

Science & Exploration

Permanent Exhibition

This store houses a multitude of objects collected and used by scientists both in the field and in the lab. There are insects, butterflies, birds and animals; fossils, gemstones, mineral and oil samples alongside scientific specimens, plant models, scientific instruments for measuring, calculating, observing, recording, experimenting and mapping, as well as equipment used by Antarctic explorers.


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.

Tickets

Temporarily closed.

In line with the NSW Government’s public health order, the Museums Discovery Centre is temporarily closed to the public.

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: info@maas.museum. 

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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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