The Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences (MAAS) is Australia’s contemporary museum for excellence and innovation in applied arts and sciences.
Internationally, the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences (MAAS) is acknowledged for the calibre of its collection which spans history, science, technology, design, industry, decorative arts, music, transport and space exploration.
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.
ABOUT THE MAAS PROJECT
The NSW Government, through Create NSW is working with MAAS to build a new Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences at Parramatta, expand state-of-the-art collection storage facilities at the Museums Discovery Centre at Castle Hill and retain a creative industries presence in Ultimo.
Find out more about the MAAS Project
- The new Powerhouse museum in Parramatta Q&A
- Museums Discovery Centre Expansion Project Q&A
- Parramatta Arts and Cultural Precinct Q&A
- Ultimo Creative Industries Precinct Q&A
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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: International Design Competition for Parramatta
2019: Early works commence in Parramatta
2020: MAAS exhibitions begin to tour regionally and internationally
2023: Projected opening of the New Museum
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