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

Closed Now

Regular Hours:
Hours may be subject to change. Please verify on the official website.

  • 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

Category: Museums

Address: 500 Harris St
Ultimo New South Wales 2007

Phone: +61 2 9217 0111


Yelp Rating:
4 out of 5 4 Star Rating
Based on 42 Reviews.

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4 Star Rating I really did not get enough time in this sprawling museum. I know that groupon has deals for the powerhouse now and again, i think $7 entry, But we... Read More

Jenny K. Dec-25-2016

2 Star Rating Old, tired and sad. It's a long way off what is regarded as a world class museum. It's mostly an exhibit of old junk with little reference and the... Read More

Ricardo W. Jul-17-2019

4 Star Rating Great place for kids!!! A lot of fun learning technology from mechanics, electricity, to science to some history of Sydney and NSW. It could use a make over... Read More

David H. Jul-27-2018

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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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