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.
Facts For Your VisitFee: Yes
Currently ClosedHours 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 MuseumMap of nearby accommodations:
|Train Line||Nearest Station||Walking Time|
|Light Rail||Haymarket||5 minutes|
|T1, T2, T3, T4 or T5||Central Station||12 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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Ratedout of 5
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
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
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
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
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