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Powerhouse Museum opens in Castle Hill


Powerhouse Museum In Castle Hill

Make time on the weekend and participate in a new museum opening at Castle Hill as Powerhouse Museum will launch its Hills Shire branch on Saturday, 23 and Sunday, 24 March 2024.

The weekend opening celebrations will be jampacked with activities, performances, tours, talks, workshops and more. 

The launch on Saturday will begin with a Welcome to Country, the official opening of Powerhouse Castle Hill, and a performance by one of Australia’s oldest lion and dragon dancing troupe, Jin Wu Koon. Castle Hill Rotary Club will have some barbeques ready. 

Opening day highlights include a performance from the Aboriginal Dance Company ‘Jannawi Dance Clan’, natural dyeing techniques at the ‘Alchemy’ Exhibition, music from the Western Sydney Youth Orchestra, and weaving activities at the Angela Paikea Artist Workshop. 

Powerhouse Museum Amanda Williams
Untiled (35mm scan nikon f) by amanda williams © powerhouse museum/amanda williams

Sunday highlights include First-Nation-creatives-led weaving and dyeing workshops and performances by First Nation artists such as Isaac Compton and Manea Pacifica. Different talents such as DJ DIOLA, Hills Community Concert Band, Bindi Bosses, and Nostalgia Ensemble will grace the stage on Sunday. 

Attendees can expect tours such as the Lahznimmo Architects Tour, Amanda Williams Artists Tour, First Nations Tour, Registrar Tour, and Construction Tour. There will also be workshops, like the Durrmu Arts Workshop and the Botanical Dyeing Workshop with Gianna Hayes. 

Other activities include Drop-in Art Making, Collection Stories, Mars Rover, Powerhouse Shop, and many more. To learn more about the activities and information about the Museum, Powerhouse hosts the full schedules on its website. 

Attendees can register for the weekend, tours, or workshops via Powerhouse Castle Hill opening

Powerhouse Museum Tom Fereday
One of tom fereday’s commission pieces © powerhouse museum/tom fereday

According to Powerhouse Museum, “Powerhouse Castle Hill is expanding with new state-of-the-art facilities for the storage and preservation of the Powerhouse Collection, which contains more than half a million objects. It is open to the community every weekend.”

“Powerhouse Castle Hill is part of the shared storage facility known as Museums Discovery Centre, housing items from the Powerhouse, Australian Museum and Museums of History NSW Collections,” the Museum mentioned.

“[It] is the largest museum group in Australia. It sits at the intersection of the arts, design, science and technology and plays a critical role in engaging communities with contemporary ideas and issues.”

“It is custodian to more than half a million objects of national and international significance and is considered one of the finest and most diverse collections in Australia.”

The Museum has three other branches: Parramatta, Ultimo, and Sydney Observatory. It is open on weekends from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM. 

The Powerhouse Museum Castle Hill is located at 172 Showground Road, Castle Hill NSW 2154. 

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