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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  • This museum is absolutely amazing. We were visiting from Canberra where we have some amazing museums and places for kids of all ages and Powerhouse museum was right up there with the best. We took our son who is 2 and he was obsessed with the Wiggles exhibition. Thought all the things to do were great and sending a letter to Wags the dog was his favorite. We also spent time in the experiments section doing lots of fun and diverse experiments as well as exploring the transport section with the steam train being a hit. Would highly recommend this museum for anyone. There was lots more we didn't got to see and would love to come back.
  • We have 3 children ages 8,10 and 12. This was a great museum for us all, we each of us enjoyed it. There were many hands on interactive displays which kept the kids happy. It was a good mix of science and technology. I would say this is the best museum visit we have done as a family keeping everyone interested and engaged.
  • This is one of the best museum you can visit in the city of Sydney. This museum does not only provide you with pictures, models and old power machines but also consider kids need. They have a large section called ' wiggle house' which basically a kids TV show. They also bring special interactive parks for both kids and their parents. Overall I highly recommend signing up for a membership
  • We went for the permanent Wiggles exhibition. There's a mix of the normal exhibition (history of the Wiggles) mixed in with more interactive elements, such as a small house to have tea party in and a small ship. I can imagine that this would get busy at weekends and public holidays. However we went during a weekday and towards the end of the day. If your child is a massive Wiggles fan, definitely try to come here, at least 2-3hours worth of entertainment depending on how eager your child is to do all the activities.
  • Visited for a special event in the evening. The event did not offer many chairs, so most people ended up standing for 90 minutes. I dislike the "art" hung from the ceiling in the event area in place of the aviation that I believe used to be hung there. Five stars for the venue, as I have loved the Powerhouse Museum for years. Subtracting stars for the lack of seating at a talk and for how the current mob appear to be downgrading the museum into mainly textile arts, which is only a small part of what the Powerhouse Museum is about.

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