Alphabetical Sydney: Creative Lab

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Let your imagination run wild in a creative laboratory full of the sights and sounds of Sydney. Alphabetical Sydney: Creative Lab is an interactive children's exhibition that celebrates Sydney in all its diversity, from A to Z. The exhibition has been produced in collaboration with illustrator Antonia Pesenti and author Hilary Bell, creators of the best-selling book Alphabetical Sydney. Sydney is brought to life with a series of creative activities designed to capture your imagination and encourage you to think about the magic of the city, from the icons to the suburbs, from the mundane to the wondrous.

A souvenir Lab Kit, specially created for this exhibition, leads visitors through the show using playful illustrations and rhyming verse. Visitors can investigate the clues in the mini museum, write their own verse in the poetry factory, experience the magic of Sydney at dusk or relax with a book under the canopy of a Moreton Bay fig tree. The sounds of the city in all their intensity and diversity are hidden throughout – deafening cicadas, clanging construction, an elephant’s trumpet from the zoo.

Budding artists and authors and anyone with a sense of fun and a capacity to dream will all enjoy. Take the opportunity to write and draw your way through the city you love.

Share your experience with us, use #AlphabeticalSydney and @sydlivmus on Instagram and Twitter.

What people are saying

“My husband and I had as much fun as our 5 and 2 year old, spending a couple of hours investigating, collaborating and indulging in all the exhibit had to offer.” Review by Alphabet Street

"...our two young ones, aged 5 and 6, (were) fully engaged" Review by South Coast Register

“The Creative Lab is a special place which allows you to step into the book Alphabetical Sydney… an amazing space for all children to practice learning in a fun and exciting way.” Review by Kidsize Living

About the creators

Five years in the making, the book Alphabetical Sydney, published in 2013, was a passion project of architect and illustrator Antonia Pesenti and playwright Hilary Bell.

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Alphabetical Sydney book bundle

Pay only $40 (saving $9.90) when you purchase both Alphabetical Sydney and Numerical Street by illustrator Antonia Pesenti and author Hilary Bell. Claim this discount online or visit the Museum of Sydney pop-up shop.

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25 November 2017 - 12 August 2018
Open daily, 10am-5pm
Closed Good Friday and Christmas Day
Open daily, 10am-5pm<br>Closed Good Friday and Christmas Day


Exhibition is free with museum entry

Adult $12
Child $8
Concession $8
Family $30
Children under 5 years FREE

Sydney Living Museums Members FREE
Sydney Museums Pass holders FREE


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