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Powerhouse Museum
Powerhouse Museum

Powerhouse Museum

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 can 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 often described as a science museum, it’s home to diverse collections encompassing different fronts in the technology world. Home to close to half a million artefacts, it is easy to see why this museum is fascinating.

Many of the exhibits are displayed at the museum’s current location, which has been there since 1988. Perhaps one of the most amazing things you will learn at the museum is 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 way to learn more about the city’s history.

The Powerhouse Museum has several exhibits on location, including the oldest rotative steam engine in the world, the Whitbread engine. This steam engine, which dates back to 1785 and is still operational, is a must-see at the museum. Look out for 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 covering different forms of transport and communication from the past. Temporary exhibitions, forums, tours, and workshops are also held on location from time to time, all of which revolve around Australian local culture.

Powerhouse Museum is accessible at 500 Harris Street in Ultimo – three kilometres from Sydney’s CBD.

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Adult: $15
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Children (16yrs & Under): Free

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