Powerhouse Museum is a unique and diverse destination for visitors interested in learning about how contemporary culture features in different facets of technology. Visitors to the gallery will have the chance to explore arts, technology design, science and fashion.
The museum is an arm of the Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences in Sydney.
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While the museum is described as a science museum, it is largely home to diverse collections that encompass different fronts in the technology world. Home to close to half a million artefacts, it is easy to see why this museum is a fascinating place to-visit.
Many of the artefacts are displayed onsite, at the location where the museum has been since 1988. Perhaps one of the most amazing things you will learn at the museum is the fact that it was named after a converted electric tram power station located in the suburb of Ultimo. This is a popular destination for visitors touring Sydney, and one of the ways to learn more about the city’s history.
There are a number of exhibits on location at the Powerhouse Museum, and these include the oldest rotative steam engine in the world dubbed the Whitbread engine. For a steam engine that dates back to 1785 and is still operational, this is a must see at the museum. Look out for the Locomotive Number 1, the first steam locomotive of its kind to be used for passenger travel in 1854.
It is impossible to miss ‘The Strasburg Clock Model’ which was constructed in 1887. This model stands out because not only was it the creation of 25-year old Richard Smith, but also because it is a functional model of the iconic astronomical clock.
Additional permanent exhibitions include those that cover different forms of transport and communication from back in the day. There are also temporary exhibitions, forums, tours and workshops held on location from time to time, all of which revolve around Australian local culture.
Powerhouse Museum is easily accessible using 500 Harris Street in Ultimo – three kilometres from Sydney’s CBD.