Sydney Powerhouse Museum

The Powerhouse Museum in Sydney is great fun for all ages with interesting exhibits that entertain as much as they educate

Power House Museum in Sydney
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Powerhouse Museum is a public museum in New South Wales which offers uniquely diverse collections including works relating to history, design, science, technology, music, industry, transport, decorative arts and space exploration. The Museum is estimated to house over half a million items in its diverse collection of historical and cultural objects.

Some of the Museum's highlights that you shouldn’t miss out on include the steam engine demonstrations of the oldest rotative engine in the world, made in 1785 by Boulton and Watt. Also check out the Strasburg Clock whose intricate mechanics include the Apostles’ procession, a rooster crowing and a sandglass-turning cherub. The Kings Cinema is yet another attraction that features a reproduction of art deco style cinema reminiscent of the Thirties.

Visitors can avail themselves of a variety of activities including tours, workshops and demonstrations. In additions to the permanent collection and displays the museum features a continually changing line-up of special exhibits.

The Powerhouse Museum also operates the historical Sydney Observatory which is located in the Rocks.

Nearby attractions include: Darling Harbour, Capitol Theatre, Sydney Entertainment Centre, Chinatown, Chinese Gardens, Market City and Paddy's Market.

Facts For Your Visit

Fee: Yes

Currently Closed

Hours This Week:
  • Monday: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
  • Tuesday: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
  • Wednesday: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
  • Thursday: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
  • Friday: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
  • Saturday: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
  • Sunday: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Address: 500 Harris St, Ultimo NSW 2007, Australia

Phone: (02) 9217 0111

Official Website: Sydney Powerhouse Museum

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Train Line Nearest Station Walking Time
Light RailHaymarket5 minutes
T1, T2, T3, T4 or T5Central Station12 minutes

How to get to Sydney Powerhouse Museum by Train

By Light Rail: Exit at Haymarket; go west and take the steps (or elevator) up to the pedestrian bridge and follow it to the museum.

By Train: Exit Central Station via the tunnel to Railway Square, go left along George Street and then right on Harris Street to the museum. You can also take the #501 bus from Railway Square up Harris Street to the museum.

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Rated 4.5 out of 5Powerhouse Museum Star Rating

4 Star Rating The Powerhouse is still a great go-to destination while exploring Sydney. In recent years they have cleaned up some of their older exhibits (which weren't functioning for several years) and have created new spaces to learn and explore. It's great for kids, and has experiential throughout the museum for kids to play with and explore. Not to expensive to get in and is a lot of fun for kids and adults alike. Took maybe half a day to get through.

Shayla B - 11 hours ago

5 Star Rating Came here for the Star Wars exhibition and it did not disappoint, would recommend for all fans. It seemed to be quite kid friendly and had interactive sessions for all ages. Be sure to leave enough time to visit the other exhibitions as well, there are a lot of gallery type exhibitions as well as more hands on science project type activities.

Chris Lang - 2 days ago

5 Star Rating Very inexpensive admission/membership. Seems to have lots to interest all ages. The Wiggles exhibit is worth the trip. Most of the hands on science exhibits were quite dated. Update 2019: new hands on physics and engineering exhibits!

Chris Ferrie - 16 days ago

5 Star Rating A fantastic destination during the school holidays for the kids. This museum definitely makes learning fun. There are countless activities and experiences within this museum touching on how the world works. Located conveniently in Darling Harbour prices can get a little steep for some families.

Steven Kratsas - 26 days ago

5 Star Rating It was one of my best experiences in Sydney. Great museum. Also the Star Wars exhibition is wonderful. Definitely worth the money. You don't really have to be a fan of Star Wars to enjoy it. If you've seen them once, you'll have a good time. Keep in mind that it took us 5 hours to see the exhibition and the museum itself altogether.

Duygu Tosunay - 1 month ago


This dancing robot is just one of many exhibits at the Powerhouse Museum that will both educate and entertain all age groups

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