MAAS Project Parramatta
What is it: A riverside museum in Parramatta When will it open? It’s expected to open in 2022
It’s estimated Parramatta’s population will have doubled by 2036, which means there needs to be significant investment in the area’s arts and culture venues. One of the developments in the works is the new Powerhouse Museum. There’s no official name yet, or official design, but the building would become the fourth venue for the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences (MAAS). Earlier this year the NSW Government reached an agreement with Parramatta Council on the riverside location – and they’ve committed $140 million to the project, which includes updating Riverside Theatres, making the riverside something of a cultural precinct for Western Sydney. Parramatta’s Powerhouse Museum is still in the consultation phase, but the original Ultimo location isn’t packing up just yet: the site will remain operational until at least 2020. It’s a win for Parramatta residents who can expect an injection of $40 million cash into arts and culture programming over the next 20 years, including world-class exhibitions and performances.