About

The Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences (MAAS) is Australia’s contemporary museum for excellence and innovation in applied arts and sciences. MAAS currently operates three venues; the Powerhouse Museum in Ultimo, Sydney Observatory in Millers Point and the Museums Discovery Centre in Castle Hill. The MAAS vision is to be a catalyst for creative expression and curious minds. It is uniquely placed to demonstrate how technology, science and design interact and how they impact Australia and the world.

The NSW Government is working with MAAS to build a truly iconic museum in Western Sydney, designed with community input.

This vibrant, interactive, world-class cultural institution will be on the cutting edge of science and innovation, open for all people of NSW, as well as national and international visitors. The preferred site for the New Museum is the Riverbank site in the heart of Parramatta.

The Department of Planning and Environment is managing the development of the extended business case for the New Museum and is working closely with MAAS. The extended business case, to be completed later in 2017, has been expanded to include an arts and cultural space in Ultimo that considers retaining some MAAS presence at the current Powerhouse Museum site.

The NSW Government wants to hear your views about the potential for an arts and cultural space in Ultimo that includes consideration of keeping some MAAS presence at the current Powerhouse Museum site. Building on earlier consultation, extensive community consultation will inform the business case for both the New Museum in Parramatta and the use of the Ultimo site.

The New Museum in Parramatta is expected to open in 2022.

1879: Garden Palace built in the Botanic Garden for Sydney International Exhibition. Government buys many of the exhibits and sets up the Technological, Industrial & Sanitary Museum

1882: Garden Palace burns down. Collection moved to the Agricultural Hall in the Domain

1893: Collection moved to Ultimo and renamed the Technological Museum

1982: Sydney Observatory joins MAAS

1988: The Powerhouse Museum opens at the old power station in Ultimo

2007: Powerhouse Discovery Centre opens at Castle Hill

2015: NSW Government announces a new MAAS Museum in Greater Western Sydney

2016: Powerhouse Discovery Centre rebranded to Museums Discovery Centre and following refurbishment, reopened in collaboration with Australian Museum and Sydney Living Museums

2017: Community consultation to inform the final business cases for the New Museum in Greater Western Sydney and Ultimo site

2018: Design and development

2022: Projected opening of the New Museum