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

Open Now

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


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

5 Star Rating A.k.a second home ever since needing to take care of kids. A really good exhibition area with lots to do for kids and adults. The circulating of some exhibitions keep things fresh. Some areas welcome a refresh as you can tell from wear and tear, but still very fun for kids.

Tony Hsu - 1 day ago

5 Star Rating A great museum filled with awesome items and exhibits. The Star Wars Identities one was particularly unique, and showcased many props I knew and loved from the movies. The Wiggles Exhibit is always fun to visit too

Cameron Zirn - 2 days ago

5 Star Rating Love this place took 9 kids ranging from 1yr old to 13yrs and they all enjoyed themselves. A lot of interactive things to to do to keep us all entertained and spent 4 hours there so definitely worth going. Entry fee was free for the kids so was more then happy to give a donation towards the museum.

Josie Tauro - 14 days ago

5 Star Rating Fully wheelchair accessible with many great and interesting exhibits, including the current Star Wars exhibit - well worth a visit. Accessible cafe and gift shop too. Easily spend at least half a day here. Within close proximity to Darling Harbour and not all that far from Pitt Street Mall.

Wayne Sharpe - 20 days ago

5 Star Rating This is one of the amazing places that I’ve been visited before. I love to watching how the machines work, every movements of them are incredibly cool! I also love the spaceships sections. They’re so fantastic! But, my favorite part is the astronaut’s suit. Love it!

Amanda Cecilia - 2 months 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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