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Powerhouse Museum

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Address: 500 Harris St Ultimo | Haymarket, Sydney, New South Wales 1238, Australia
Phone Number: 61 2 9217 0111
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Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Fee: Yes
Description: A converted electric station houses an eclectic collection of art and...
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.
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Went here with my niece. Extremely interactive and great for the kids. It's a little bit of a shame however that a large percentage of the interactive exhibits didn't work or were... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 15, 2015
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015 NEW

I went with my family including my 2 year old. She enjoyed the wiggles display (our primary purpose for going) but many things were broken, some things were a little tacky and the history has not been updated for a while. The rest of the museum was not as interactive as we hoped. Everything is behind glass. The voice overs... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015 NEW

Went here with my niece. Extremely interactive and great for the kids. It's a little bit of a shame however that a large percentage of the interactive exhibits didn't work or were a little hard for the young kids to understand.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015 NEW

There was so much to do with kids very hands on which is great soo much to see there as weel for adults was very happy with this place

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015 NEW

Powerhouse isn't a bad museum at all. Actually, it's quite interesting if you're interested in the development of the city/state/nation and the culture of the country. There's interesting technology sections, transport, clothing and other interesting and quirky things. It will be a shame when it moves to Parramatta. Great for the people who live out west, I guess, but it's... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2015

Simply put, if you miss this place you are missing out on a great cultural experience for the whole family when you visit Sydney- it covers the social history of Australia with huge objects and a very broad collection including decorative arts, music and '' one of almost everything" underpinned by science, technology, design and interactive exhibits.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2015

I can strongly recommend this place. We mainly went along to see the circus exhibition and we were not disappointed. Family members of all ages can get involved from the toddlers in the balloon enclosure to the adults reliving their youth with hoola hooping and juggling and trying (and mainly failing) with something new, plate spinning. We all loved the... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015

My husband and I had previously visited the Powerhouse Museum so we paid to see only the Circus Factory. It was awesome! Brought back so many childhood memories and what fun to be able to participate – to enter the enclosed tent and with the children present, bounce the bright animal balloons into the air; see the beautifully restored carousel;... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015

Exhibitions cover a range of areas from 350 years of underwear, shoes, jewellery, climate, computers, trains, space and so on. We found enough for a couple of hours. Good for all age groups. Used a Groupon voucher and paid $7 instead of 15. Free wifi as well.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

The museum had a little bit of everything so there was lots of variety to the visit. The circus factory that is currently on exhibit there was great, and the staff working there knew their stuff. The person operating the carousel told me heaps of info about it, and the guy teaching how to spin plates also told me lots... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

4 levels of interactive fun. With changing exhibitions and permant displays. Great for children, adults, everyone. We spent 4 hours there, this could easily be a two day , depending on how informed you want to be as there is a lot to read and learn. So highly reccommend if you have a few hours to kill, go visit.

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