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Expansion of Museums Discovery Centre in Castle Hill Approved

April 30, 2021

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The Powerhouse Museum has today welcomed the NSW Government’s announcement that the expansion of the Museums Discovery Centre in Castle Hill has received planning approval and can proceed to the delivery phase.

The new state-of-the-art building will include facilities for the storage, care, research and viewing of the Powerhouse Collection, as well as flexible spaces for education and public programs, workshops, talks and events.

Museum Trust President, Peter Collins AM QC said: “The Museums Discovery Centre expansion is an integral component of the Powerhouse Program and will provide an important and significant cultural institution within The Hills Shire and the Central ‘River City” District’.”

“The expansion will deliver greater access to the Powerhouse’s iconic Collection of more than 500,000 objects by increasing opportunities for skill-sharing, education and community programs as well as temporary exhibitions.”

Powerhouse Chief Executive Lisa Havilah said: “The new state-of-the-art facility will increase the Powerhouse Museum’s Collection storage space by 30 per cent, enhancing the ongoing role of Castle Hill as a centre for preservation, maintenance, conservation, care and display exhibition of the Powerhouse Collection.”

“This is going to be a remarkable cultural asset for all the communities of the Hills Shire and Greater Western Sydney.

“Access to the Collection for the community lies at the heart of this expansion, ranging from the Apple Computer 1 to the iconic objects from the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games it truly is a remarkable Collection and it belongs to the people of NSW.”

The expansion of the Museums Discovery Centre in Castle Hill has been designed by NSW based practice, Lahznimmo Architects.

The Museums Discovery Centre is a storage collaboration with the Australian Museum and Sydney Living Museums.

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