The MAAS Project

The NSW Government is working with the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences (MAAS) to build an iconic museum in Western Sydney.

On 28 April 2018, the NSW Government announced the relocation of the Powerhouse Museum to Parramatta.

The new Powerhouse museum at Parramatta will be the largest museum in NSW and home to Australia’s largest planetarium. The new museum will also include dedicated play areas and education labs devoted to science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics.

The new museum will form the centrepiece of a new arts and cultural precinct on the banks of the Parramatta River, alongside a revamped Riverside Theatres performing arts centre.

A search for the best designs for a world-class museum will soon begin. Experienced architectural competition organisers Malcolm Reading Consultants will drive an open international search for brilliant designs. A winning concept design for the new Powerhouse museum in Parramatta will be announced in the second half of 2019.

The NSW Government plans to retain cultural spaces at Ultimo. A planned design and fashion museum and theatre will form part of a creative industries precinct at Ultimo, for which a detailed masterplan is being developed. In line with good contemporary urban planning practice, the precinct will incorporate commercial, educational and residential elements.

Learn more about the project and be part of the conversation.

Audio described version of the MAAS Project video