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Trip Planner: South Pacific / Australia / New South Wales / Sydney / Powerhouse Museum
Situated inside a converted electric station, Powerhouse Museum houses a huge collection of art and artifacts celebrating applied science and design. The museum is known for kid-friendly interactive displays and popular shows featuring props from films such as "Star Wars" and "Harry Potter." You can visit a number of permanent exhibitions, including one displaying a life-size model of a Space Shuttle cockpit. Other exhibits highlight the steam engine revolution and modern cyber technology. Arguably, the most popular exhibit is The Strasbourg Clock Model, a working replica of the famous Strasbourg Cathedral astronomical clock. Plan to visit Powerhouse Museum during your Sydney vacation using our convenient Sydney trip itinerary planner.
Powerhouse Museum reviews
Everything was great from the exhibits to the wonderful staff. The displays are wonderful. My favourite was the Catalina Flying Boat.
Everything was great from the exhibits to the wonderful staff. The displays are wonderful. My favourite was the Catalina Flying Boat. more »
There are so many interesting things for children and adults to see at this museum. It is free and you could spend quite a few hours here. We would have liked to have spent longer here.
There are so many interesting things for children and adults to see at this museum. It is free and you could spend quite a few hours here. We would have liked to have spent longer here. more »
Great place to take the grandkids . Its a free entry technology an science museum and they loved all the hands-on interactive exhibits that are there now to help kids understand electricity...
Great place to take the grandkids . Its a free entry technology an science museum and they loved all the hands-on interactive exhibits that are there now to help kids understand electricity... more »
Really fun and interactive exhibits. Staff are super helpful and lovely. The Gucci exhibit was a great exhibit which provided an insight into various campaigns from the past- very interesting if you enjoy fashion. They have exhibits which help kids learn concepts and allow play. There are adequate amenities and cafes as well as a gift store. A very worthwhile visit especially since there is no admission fee.
Highly recommended. A must to do in Sydney. You need 3-4 hours to explore all sections. The Industrial Revolution and Space sections are far beyond words. Specific section for children and all people interested in science to do some scientific funny experiments.A unique museum full of history and adventure. The Powerhouse Museum is the major branch of the Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences in Sydney. Located in Harris St with easy access via public transport. No admission fee with nice staff.
Kids will love it. So much for kids to learn and see and for free. Quite during weekdays. Can spend 2-3 hours here easily. Must visit while in Sydney if you have kids. Also a nice playground not far outside from the museum.
It has a lot to keep you amused especially if you are into engineering, science or art. Also good place for kids and food lovers. I am personally into engineering and enjoyed seeing how airplane and train engines work, my friends were into arts and culture and they had a good time too.
I enjoyed the museum; however, I was disappointed overall. I walked in; there is no reception - no personnel, so no welcome, and no map; you are left to your own devices. It later turned out there was an A4 paper map on a white-painted table, but I overlooked it. The first thing you see is the locomotive and carriages - this is great. However, the museum signage is virtually non-existent so it is easy to miss an entire gallery. For example, I walked downstairs and from a landing saw some stationary steam engines - I thought they looked interesting so proceeded downstairs and found myself in a "kids fun zone thing" - where were the engines? I'd missed the 'turn-off' as there was no signage. As per most 'designer modern museums', the lighting is appalling. Please DON'T paint the ceiling black and then have spot lights! If you are an exhibition space your job is to show off what you have; don't put things in the dark! Paint everything white and have proper lighting! There is no thematic interpretation - some humans demonstrating and interpreting the exhibits would be good. There is quite a lot of empty space in the museum - this is because of the original building's design; however, this isn't interpreted in any way shape or form. Tell me about why the building was built, what was the original purpose, light and interpret the gantry cranes. Whilst I was there a large part of the museum appeared to be taken up with fabrics and textiles. This was of no interest to me - I was expecting machines and industry in a 'Powerhouse'. The historic beam engine was very difficult to see up close and photograph. The museum shop was a joke. It looked like a posh designer had been engaged and filled it with designer apparel and arty books. There were no souvenirs - nothing purchased. Seen it. I have no need to see it again. 🤔☹️
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