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Located in the old Ultimo Power Station building adjacent to Darling Harbour, the Powerhouse Museum is the flagship of the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences (MAAS). Its unique and diverse collection spans science, technology, design and decorative arts, engineering, architecture, health and medicine, fashion and contemporary culture.
With a strong focus on creativity and curiosity, a range of 12 permanent exhibitions at the Powerhouse is complemented by a changing program of temporary exhibitions and displays. There are regular tours and demonstrations, performances, workshops, forums and other special events held throughout the Museum.
10:00am – 5:00pm
Closed Christmas Day.
Extended opening times for some public and/or school holidays.
Child (4-15yrs) $8
Children under 4 FREE
NSW Seniors Card holders pension & concessions $8
Student card holders $8
Family (1 adult and up to 3 children; or 2 adults and up to 2 children) $38
Education group bookings (per student) $8
Members of the International Council of Museums (ICOM) FREE
Members of Museums Australia Inc FREE
Group discounts apply for groups of 10 or more.
Please call our bookings line (02) 9217 0111.
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Powerhouse Museum events
A Fine Possession celebrates the central place of jewellery in our lives, from antiquity to the present-day.
From typewriters to tablets, Interface presents the best information technology design of the past century.
Our world renowned shoe collection is now on display in ‘The Vault’ as part of the Recollect visible collection storage series.
View the intricacy and the wonder of very popular architectural models, including works by Le Corbusier, Harry Seidler and Rem Koolhaas.
Drawing on the Museum’s fashion and dress collection, Clothes encounters features a series of clothing stories emerging from significant encounters.
Put on your sparkle and glitter and celebrate Mardi Gras with a circus twist!
Curiosity and creativity are at the heart of engineering. This exhibition showcases Australian engineering successes that are among the best in the world.
The Museum’s annual Student Fashion display provides a glimpse of the exciting potential of the next generation of Australian fashion designers.
Why does the freezer door stick? How does a battery work? What is lightning? In this exhibition learn how scientific and technological breakthroughs have answered questions like these.
Locomotive No. 1 hauled New South Wales’ first train and is on permanent display at Powerhouse Museum.
Explore the complex world of nuclear science, medicine and nuclear power on display in Powerhouse Museum’s Experimentations gallery.
Explore space shuttles, the Zero Gravity Space Lab, satellites and space craft in the Space exhibition at Powerhouse Museum.
The Strasburg Clock model has been one of the most popular exhibits at Powerhouse Museum for over 100 years.
The Boulton and Watt steam engine, possibly the most significant technological artifact ever to reach Australia, played a key role in the development of the modern world.
Twelve working steam engines, hands-on displays, old boilers, and videos on show at Powerhouse Museum show steam engines developed, what they did and how they changed the world.
In the Powerhouse Museum transport galleries, move among the kinds of vehicles that have shaped our way of life, from boats to planes, prams to penny farthing bicycles.
Explore Australia’s retail history from 1880 – 1930 through an exhibition of objects from the extensive MAAS retailing and advertising collection.