Museums Discovery Centre

Open Weekends. Free entry, no bookings required.

Hayball: Workshop

5 November 2022, 1–4pm

A free workshop where young people will learn about sustainable cities and collaborate to build their own cardboard eco-city.


Meet the machines that move the world, from planes and trains, to fire engines, yachts and wagons.


Wonder at a wealth of architectural elements that have been saved from important and beautiful buildings.
MDC is a storage collaboration with the Australian Museum and Sydney Living Museums.

MAAS logo. Click to visit the MAAS website.

Australian Museum logo. Click to visit the Australian Museum website.Sydney Living Museums logo. Click to visit the Sydney Living Museums website.

Visit Info

Opening Hours

Weekends, 10am–4:00pm (except Christmas Day and Boxing Day).


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Individuals: Free entry, no bookings required.

Schools and Groups: Please contact us on (02) 9217 0222 to arrange your visit.

Find more information here about the measures we’ve put in place to keep everyone safe.


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Getting Here

The Museums Discovery Centre is located at 172 Showground Road, Castle Hill. 

We are currently expanding the site, which may affect how you enter via car. 


Showground Road entry 

Once inside turn left for the museum entrance.  

Please note that there is no right turn access into the Showground Road gate. 


Windsor Road entry 

Once inside turn right for the museum entrance.   

Find more about the Expansion project here.  

Bus and truck entry is via the gate on Windsor Road. Call +61 (02) 9217 0236 on arrival. 

Pedestrian entry is located on Showground Road.

The closest metro station is Hills Showground. Bus routes 601, 626, 633 and 651 run throughout the day from Hills Showground to the TAFE, Green Road bus stop. Travel time, including walking from Green Road bus stop to the main entrance, is approximately 20 minutes. If walking directly from the Hills Showground Metro station it is approximately 30 minutes.

For bus timetables and routes either phone the Transport Information Line on 131500 or go to the website.

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Visitor car parking onsite is free but limited.

Accessible parking is available onsite. To enquire about accessible parking please call +61 (02) 9217 0111 or email

Bus drivers are asked to park in the designated bus bay (near the windmill).

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Shop Hours

The Museums Discovery Centre has a small gift shop near the admissions counter.

Open Weekends 10am to 4pm (except Christmas Day and Boxing Day).

Profits from the MAAS Store go towards the purchase and conservation of collection objects.

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Food and Café

A limited range of snacks and cold drinks are available at the MAAS Store, but please be advised there is no café onsite.

No food or drink are permitted in the collection stores, however there are designated areas for the consumption of food and drinks. Visitors are encouraged to bring their own snacks to enjoy at one of our outdoor tables or on the grass.

The closest food outlets are at the Hills Supercentre or the Kellyville Plaza.

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We aim to provide venues, exhibitions, programs and services which can be enjoyed by all visitors. If you have any questions about your access requirements, please see the front desk or call us in advance on +61 (02) 9217 0222 or email

Accessible access

Entry to the Museums Discovery Centre is via a ramp located adjacent to the undercover courtyard.

All collection galleries and seminar facilities inside the main building are accessible via elevators.

Accessible toilets are located inside on the ground floor and outside in the undercover courtyard area.

The Museum Discovery Centre has a limited number of wheelchairs available for visitor use. Please ask at the front desk.

Assistance animals

Assistance animals trained to assist people with disabilities are welcome.

Accessible parking

Accessible parking is available onsite. To enquire about accessible parking please call +61 (02) 9217 0111 or email

Companion Card

The Museums Discovery Centre is an affiliate of the NSW Government’s Department of Ageing, Disability and Home Care’s Companion Card program. Support persons receive free entry to paid exhibitions and programs when accompanying a Companion Card holder. Visit the Companion Card website for more information.

Quiet times

Quieter times to visit are generally opening time at 10am and/or between 12–1pm during the school terms. School holidays and between 2–4pm tend to be the busiest times to visit.


Baby change tables are located on the ground floor and in the bathrooms outside.

Hidden Disabilities Sunflower

The Powerhouse has adopted the Hidden Disabilities Sunflower to help support and raise awareness of those living with a hidden disability. Free lanyards and wristbands are available from the cloaking desk.

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Group Bookings

If you are coordinating a group visit, please contact us in advance on +61 (02) 9217 0222 or email

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Teacher Resources

Public liability insurance policy number: MF100097.

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