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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  • Museum with a story to tell, since navigation, motoring and space travel. Go back to being a child and allow yourself to participate in the interactions that the place is proposed.
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  • School holiday visit with the kids, interesting and captivating to two primaries who did not want to attend at all.  more »
  • A major exhibition of various technical gadgets. The concept is similar to "upptech" and the technical Museum at Gärdet. Fits children best aged 5-10 years. Good Cafe with relatively decent prices.
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  • After convincing (although under protest) my 8 year old's that we were going to the Powerhouse Museum, they had such a great time, that after 5+ Hours the staff essentially had to kick them out as it was closing time. Just spend a little time at each exhibit explaining the background and allowing them to try the myriad of hands-on activities and they will be hooked. Highly recommend it. Best parking is available a little way down the street and discount is validated at the machine at the counter in the Shop. Food at the Cafe is reasonable. Add a quick trip to Darling Harbor and the day it complete.
  • What an amazing place!! One can spend an entire day with kids, doing so many activities. The museums were never so much fun when I was a kid. Great, interactive concept to involve young kids, play and learn. The concept is so good that even adults thoroughly enjoy it.
  • Never get tired of this place... I'm so glad that I'm bringing my own kids here to see displays that I saw when I was their age... The Boulton Watt Steam engine is captivating, and to walk into the Turbine Hall and see the Catalina flying boat suspended from the ceiling.... Awesome!!!😍😍 My son and I were just talking about the Apollo Moon missions the other day and it was great to be able to show him a real Moon Rock and the F1 engine. Today we also visited the limited time only Future Park exhibit, pretty wicked I must say. :-) Great job Powerhouse Museum.
  • This is a pretty good museum for all ages that offers a bunch of awesome things to see. This includes awesome activities like making electricity and a room where it feels like you are in a space shuttle with zero gravity. Also every now and then they have an exhibition or too, a few years back I went to a gaming one.
  • Amazing environment for a family weekend. My science loving son really enjoyed it and I felt I had a quality time myself. Of course there is room for improvement. I'd give it a 5 star if it was to the standards of somewhere like California Academy of Science in San Francisco but comparing to Sydney size and position, I think it is one of the best destinations for this city. Their rather expensive light show seemed not very scientific so we skipped it. Maybe I'll try it later and share my opinion on that part.

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