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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 #76 of 297 Attractions in Sydney
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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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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Dubbo, Australia
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29 reviews 29 reviews
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

Great place to take the whole family. You will easily spend a day exploring all the exhibits they have to offer. My tip would be to look up what 'limited time' exhibitions they are offering. I've been there several times and it never disappoints..

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Ventura, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014

Powerhouse Museum is a GREAT day to spend with your family and friends. There is so many exhibits that it has something for everyone and especially the children. This is a HANDS ON museum where your children will absolutely go crazy because they are ALLOWED to touch to play and experiment. They have an art center where they can build... More

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Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

Great Wiggles exhibition and a few other things were really good, however not nearly as interactive as I would have expected. Having said that, we all enjoyed our time there.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

On our last Sunday of a wonderful family reunion trip to Australia, and to our family's home in Sydney we visited the Powerhouse Museum on our son's earlier recommendation. The Museum had many highlights and was full of interesting exhibits. • Oopsatorium on the 4th floor. Here we viewed a number of Henry A. Mintox inventions including (a) Mouse Slippers... More

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

This is one of the museum I used to take my kids to. Outdoor play area, cafe within indoor and outdoor. Good indoor inter activities. Staff very friendly. Even back end staff would help you regardless. You felt they devotion and dedication. That made you feel comfortable going having two kids age 7 and 4. Unfortunately , there has been... More

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Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

I use to love taking my children to the Powerhouse Museum on weekends to the different exhibitions. Lots of hands on experiences for the children. Lots of interesting examples of technology through the ages. Also fashion and furniture design. Full size planes, helicopters, steam trains and cars. Over the years there have been some great exhibitions on for a limited... More

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Adelaide, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

We really enjoyed the Powerhouse museum. My children are 7 and 5 and there was plenty to interest them. They loved the hands on experiences. They both enjoyed the Wiggles exhibition (as did us adults) even though my son is no longer into the Wiggles. I thoroughly enjoyed the Strictly Ballroom exhibit as I had seen the musical on an... More

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Acton Park, Australia
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19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

I was really looking forward to getting along to the Powerhouse but first impressions were poor with an 8 minute line up to get into the place (A weekend in the school holidays and only 2 of 4 ticket positions open?) Once finally inside I found the place difficult to navigate, clear signage seems to be at a premium and... More

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Christchurch
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

This is a great little museum, ideal for a few hours if the weather isn't too good. It's a real mixture - a space travel section, trains & steam engines and toys and when we visited some great (included) exhibitions on fashion, local students' inventions & ideas and an amusing comic inventions & contraptions section. Nice little cafe too.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014

Lots to see. Love the oopsatarium, inventions gone wrong. Steam train is impressive and inventions that have changed the world was great. This place is huge, we only saw half of it in hour few hours. Would definitely go back for another look.

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