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Powerhouse Museum

500 Harris St Ultimo | Haymarket, Sydney, New South Wales 1238, Australia (City West)
61 2 9217 0111
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As featured in Sydney for young kids
Ranked #79 of 291 attractions in Sydney
Certificate of Excellence 2013
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Type: Science Museums
Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: A converted electric station houses an eclectic collection of art and artifacts that celebrate applied science and design. The Powerhouse Museum is... more » Owner description: A converted electric station houses an eclectic collection of art and artifacts that celebrate applied science and design. The Powerhouse Museum is also known for kid-friendly interactive exhibits and popular limited-time shows featuring props and design elements from films such as Star Wars and Harry Potter. « less
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Sydney, Australia
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6 reviews 6 reviews
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2014 NEW

All the games are so old. 25% of them didn't work, the controllers didn't work in another 25%. Most of the games are for age between 5-13. There is no MA game section for big kids and adults. They make such a big fuss about pre booking the tickets on the website at allocated time to avoid being over crowded... More

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Mississauga, Ontario
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2014

An exhibit onthe Beatles had just finished and there were many other facinating areas. The travel section with hansome cabs to the space shuttle were of particular interest. The museum is an old power plant and has lots of exhibits on industry and more general topics.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2014

Trains, planes and cars - a wonderful presentation of old and new. The original powerhouse building is the perfect setting for the steam exhibit. We enjoyed all the museum had to offer. It was a great place to be out of the rain, too!

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Oxford, United Kingdom
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43 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2014

The visit to the museum was worth it. It started with friendly staff at the entrance and continued with all different kind of exhibitions. I haven't paid for any special exhibition. There were quite a few opportunities to be active yourself, e.g. create your own firework, light and colours or the space shuttle experience. The Belgium clock is impressive, the... More

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Sydney
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2014

Lovely way to fill a lazy Sunday afternoon. Try time your visit with an exhibition that interests you! Every exhibition I have visited at the powerhouse has been amazing ! From Harry potter to the wiggles to 'our' Kylie. Love the robot downstairs.

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Singapore, Singapore
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37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2014

Maybe I got the wrong impression but with all the tour books mentioning this as a children's museum, I was expecting something else. It is a beautiful building and a nice museum. However it is not hands on. Even the wiggles display has alot in behind glass displays- just to view, not to play. My 2 year old doesn't really... More

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Sydney, Australia
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2014

Sure there was Pacman, Donkey Kong, Space Invaders and Sonic the Hedgehog but for a video game exhibit, I was expecting to see the games that paved the way for their genre and instead I was met with disappointment. Where were the games that revolutionised beat 'em ups, and first person shooters? Not a single one worth mentioning. No Street... More

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Mackay, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2014 via mobile

We were heading to Sydney on a holiday with our kids. I googled the museum to see what was on. The Wiggles had an exhibition, interactive too! Our girls loved it! We could've spent many hours more there. We learnt quite a bit ourselves about the Wiggles. Great! Saw other exhibitions at the museum as well, lots to see! Really... More

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London, United Kingdom
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22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2014

Great for all kinds of people. There's something for everyone. I personally loved the Steam Engine stuff and there's a great exhibition on video games and design equipment which was really interesting. And you HAVE to check out the Oopsatorium upstairs, it's hilarious what children can come up with when given a random object.

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Hobart, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2014

This is such a great museum – not just the interesting and changing exhibitions they put on to supplement the core exhibition pieces - but also for the volunteers who are there to provide you with information. Whether it is the model of the Strasburg Clock, the Boulton & Watt Steam engine, or the lace making collection, we really appreciated... More

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