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
Power House Museum in Sydney cc licensed photo by roryrory

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, Chinatown, Chinese Gardens, Market City and Paddy's Market.

Facts For Your Visit

Official Website: Sydney Powerhouse Museum

Fee: Yes

Regular Hours:
May differ on holidays

  • 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 – 9:00 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 0222

Official Website: Sydney Powerhouse Museum


Rated 4.6 out of 5Powerhouse Museum Star Rating

5 Star Rating Stumbled across this museum on a walk. I had great fun exploring it. There are tonnes of interesting exhibits, including trains, fashion, furniture, planes, science, space, and music. It is a great place to bring children. Entry is free. The museum is fully disability accessible. There are accessible toilets. There are wheelchairs for hire, but these are limited, so it is best to call in advance.

Jenny Clate - 2 months ago

5 Star Rating Went to the 1001 Remarkable Objects exhibition. What a fantastic free event. Saw some very cool things, old, not so old and random items. Really enjoyed it. Got to see some old planes and space travel things as well!

Ben Law - 2 months ago

5 Star Rating While in Sydney, we booked into see the Atmospheric Memory exhibition. There is something in this exhibition to interest everyone. While the first four rooms focused on the concept, have the time to look through any of the other exhibits theory, the last two rooms are where you will spend most of your time. It is an interesting concept as to how the sounds and movements we make distort/leave an impression in the atmosphere. This is a paid exhibit and was well worth it. Unfortunately, we didn't have the time to look through any other exhibits,

megan barrett - 5 days ago

5 Star Rating Sunday museum stroll was excellent! Cant believe i have never been to Powerhouse for the last 5 years in Sydney! Love the interactive experiences and as I used to be major in Physics in high school this is like a trip down to the memory lane 😅😆 the museum has a huge range of exhibitions we cant finish them all before the museum closed. Might come back some other days

Hong Dan Dang Ngoc - 2 months ago

Accommodations near Sydney Powerhouse Museum:


Train Line Nearest Station Walking Time
Light Rail L1Exhibition Centre5 minutes
T1, T2, T3, T4 or T5Central Station12 minutes

How to get to Sydney Powerhouse Museum by Train

By Light Rail L1: Exit at Exhibition Centre and take the steps to Pyrmont Street. Cross the street and continue up the 2 flights of stairs through the adjacent lane to Harris Street and go left. The Powerhouse Museum is about 1 block up on your left.

By Train:Exit Central station at South Concourse where the Devonshire Street Tunnel begins. Continue through the tunnel to Railway Square and enter the next section of tunnel which leads to The Goods Line where you’ll see the old train track and the beginning of The Goods Line pedestrian walkway. This leads directly to the entrance of the PowerHouse Museum. You can also take the #501 bus from Railway Square up Harris Street right to the museum.

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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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