MAAS Project Par­ra­matta

What is it: A river­side mu­seum in Par­ra­matta When will it open? It’s ex­pected to open in 2022

Time Out (Sydney) - - FUTURE SYDNEY -

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.

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