Museums Discovery Centre

MDC is a storage collaboration with the Australian Museum and Sydney Living Museums.

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Visit Info

Opening Hours

Temporarily closed.

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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: 

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Getting Here

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

Car entry is via the gates on Showground Road or Windsor Road. Please note that there is no right turn access into the Showground Road gate.

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

Pedestrian entry is through 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 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 Saturday and Sunday 10am to 4pm (except Christmas 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 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.

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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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