Enchanted Valley At the Museum Of Sydney

  • Sat Nov 07 2020 - Sun Apr 18 2021
  • Kids
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  • From: $12.00

Kids are invited to step into the immersive Enchanted Valley in the Paradise on Earth exhibition now showing at the Museum of Sydney.

Paradise on Earth is a celebration of the career and legacy of architect, artist and visionary Marion Mahony Griffin that will enchant visitors of all ages.

Imagine a place where the natural and built world exist in perfect balance; where the sounds, colours and smells of Sydney’s bush and harbour meld into a sensual fusion of vitality and mystery. In 1920s Sydney, architect Marion Mahony Griffin, in collaboration with her husband and creative partner, Walter Burley Griffin, created this ideal at Castlecrag, a ‘model residential suburb’ built on the picturesque shores of Middle Harbour.

Enchanted Valley is a digital reimagining of Castlecrag’s Haven Amphitheatre that captures the colour, textures and changing moods of the Australian bushland. Enjoy the sights, sounds, mystery and magic of the valley and wonder at nature’s hidden energies and ever-changing beauty.

Paradise On Earth At The Museum Of Sydney
Enchanted Valley in the Paradise on Earth exhibition at the Museum of Sydney captures the colour, textures and changing moods of the Australian bushland.


The Haven Amphitheatre is a small gully on Sailors Bay that was transformed in the early 1930s by Marion Mahony Griffin and other local residents into a site for performance and social gatherings. For Mahony, it was an ‘enchanted valley’ where people could connect with and wonder at nature and its hidden energies, which she saw as essential to the health and spiritual wellbeing of the community. She believed that children in particular should be able to experience the ‘magic of a wholesome and richly imaginative outdoor life’.

Playful and interactive, Enchanted valley is a multi-sensory landscape full of surprise and discovery. Look out for curious animals exploring the bushland, listen for frogs croaking under stepping stones and watch as a storm rolls in over the harbour. If you look carefully, you may even spot fairies hiding under the bridge!

Paradise On Earth: Activity Space at the Museum Of Sydney
Let the kids get creative in the Forces of nature activity hub at the Paradise on Earth exhibition at the Museum of Sydney.

Get creative in the Forces of Nature activity hub and add to the collaborative bush artwork – perch a cockatoo, hang a bat from its toes or add a bunch of leaves and help our gum trees grow!

Where:     Museum of Sydney, Cnr Phillip and Bridge Streets, Sydney
When:     7 November 2020 - 18 April 2021
Cost:       Entry is included with general museum admission - Adults $15, Child/Concession $12, Family $38. Members and children under 5 years enjoy free museum entry.

For further information, visit the website.

Also coming soon to the Museum if Sydney is the Narcissus Garden exhibition, which opens on 20 February and will run until 18 April 2021.

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