Museums Discovery Centre reopens

Historical treasures sit waiting to be discovered at the newly reopened Museums Discovery Centre

Stacey Roberts, Hills Shire Times

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Millions of treasures from the state collections can be viewed at the centre, ranging from engineering and architecture to science, art, transport, fashion and design, and health and technology.

Minister for the Arts Troy Grant and Minister for Heritage Mark Speakman attended the launch of the redeveloped centre on Wednesday along with board members from each of the three museums.

Mr Grant said the upgrade was “significant money that has been exceptionally well spent”. “This is an excellent facility and it has wonderful, excellent exhibits contained in it,” he said. “They are diverse and they speak a lot about our history but also tell us a lot about what our future can be.”

Mr Speakman said the reopening of the centre was “a historic collaboration” between the three museums.


“The display store here at the Museums Discovery Centre lets Sydney Living Museum showcase many significant items, that are either too large or too fragile for the house museums,” he said. “These are items that have rarely, if ever, been seen in public before and they include archaeological remnants from some of Sydney’s most important lost colonial buildings.”

Mr Speakman said the centre was a “fantastic new facility” for Greater Western Sydney. “It compliments Sydney Living Museum’s other two visitor experiences in Western Sydney, Elizabeth Farm and Rouse Hill House and Farm.”

MDC is open at 172 Showground Road, Castle Hill, every weekday.


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