Alphabetical Sydney: Creative Lab
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.
Daily storytime at 10.30am
Join us daily at 10.30am in the exhibition for a book reading. Each day we choose a new book to read under the canopy of the Moreton Bay fig tree.
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.
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.
Kids eat free at The Governors Kitchen
Bring the family to The Governors Kitchen where kids eat free with each adult main meal ordered. Kids meal options include a cheese & ham toasty or spaghetti with tomato sauce. T&Cs apply.
Closed Good Friday
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Please note: The Museum of Sydney lift will be closed for upgrades from Monday 4 June until Friday 27 July. During this time the museum will no longer be fully accessible. We recommend those with reduced mobility plan their visit either before or after the lift closure period. Both our temporary exhibitions Underworld and Alphabetical Sydney are open until 12 August 2018.