Powerhouse reopening update

We are excited to be welcoming you back to the Powerhouse Museum, Sydney Observatory and Museums Discovery Centre. Free timed-entry tickets and physical distancing are among the measures we’re implementing in line with the NSW Government’s health guidelines to keep visitors safe during COVID-19.

See two new exhibitions opening this month: Hybrid: Objects for Future Homes showcases nine commissions that consider the needs of the future (opens 12 September) and Design for Life celebrates the critical role of design in saving and improving human life (opens 26 September).

The Boulton and Watt Engine, Locomotive No. 1 and the Strasburg Clock and Linear, which explores the significance of line and lineage within Indigenous narratives and practices, are also open.

Explore the new exhibition Maton: Australia’s Guitarthe largest retrospective of Australia’s leading guitar manufacturer.

At the Sydney Observatory visitors can access the Observatory grounds and building and view the new Sydney Harbour Bridge and Sydney Opera House displays, as well as witnessing the dropping of the Time Ball at 1pm each day. Night tours at the Sydney Observatory will remain suspended until restrictions ease.

The Museums Discovery Centre will continue to be open free each weekend where visitors can discover historical transport, household and local architecture models, as part of hundreds of objects on display from State museums’ collections.

To help plan your visit:

If you would like to make a reservation for an upcoming visit, please book online: 


Tickets for sessions during December will be available to book online from late November.