Powerhouse Museum, Sydney

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 .
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  • This museum was easily accessible with ramps, elevators and escalators. It had a variety of items from Australia and the world. If there was a theme, perhaps it’s things that mark a place in history f...  more »
  • An outstanding experience - a real must if you have a little more time in Sydney and want to do something off the tourist beaten track. Always different, interesting exhibits with great staff. A wonde...  more »
  • We are members of the MAAS museums, which includes the Powerhouse Museum, a converted Power Station. It is full of exhibits displaying technology over the centuries. But what makes it most interesting...  more »
  • Always a fun time at the Powerhouse particularly if you make the effort to check out the major displays they host. The last three have had our three kids (4yrs up to 12yrs) interested and engaged with the activities. We feel the membership is a great option to get value out of multiple visors throughout the year. The cafe sells a nice range of food and drinks, from snacks to meals, and the Members Lounge is a nice place to take a break and have a cuppa on a full day exploring the many levels of exhibits.
  • This was the experience of a lifetime. My kids loved being able to draw a picture and then watch it come to life. We spent most of our time in the Future Park exhibition. They loved squashing images of their animals and using their fighter jets to laser the dragon. We eventually entered the museum and there was so much to do, it would have taken a week to do it all. They loved playing in space capsule and pretending they were astronauts. The audio exhibit was creative. The Machines exhibit was very hands on playing with magnets, gravity and pendulums. We ended out time a the Junction Cafe which had a wonderful playground and the food was cheap and yummy.
  • The museum was good, but nothing spectacular. As a parent only the bottom floor of the museum was really good - the hands-on exhibits were really good, and the tinker area to build and launch cars was very fun. The other floors were not geared for smaller children. The voice exhibit was nice, but a little creepy for us. The other exhibits were made for much older children. The Toyota future park exhibit was at an additional cost, and we did not go there, as it would cost full admission even though we're members - maybe this would have been better, but it would have cost us an additional $74 to gain admission to that exhibit.
  • Had a great day with the kids. Really enjoyed the Future Park exhibition. Spent most of the day there and saw maybe half of what was on offer. Food seemed pricy, but the gift shop has a pretty good range. The small members lounge is on the third floor but only accessible from the first.
  • A historic museum where a steam locomotive pulls by an old style cinema, and where war heroes stand side by side by modern exhibits and TV shows. It is a full and enriching experience. I enjoyed it thoroughly! It's so conveniently located in a light rail station so have fun!

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