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Powerhouse Museum

Address: 500 Harris St Ultimo | Haymarket, Sydney, New South Wales 1238, Australia (City Centre)
Phone Number: 61 2 9217 0111
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Ranked #65 of 239 Attractions in Sydney
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Science Museums, Museums
Fee: Yes
Owner description: A converted electric station houses an eclectic collection of art and...
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Type: Science Museums, Museums
Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Hours:
Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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.
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Sydney, Australia
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197 reviews 197 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2014

I hadn't been here for a few years but returned with my older teenaged son. This visit was much more enjoyable than the previous one. There's still nothing much interactive, and the information is limited, but if you want to see a whole heap of early steam engines, turbines and clock mechanisms (as my son did) then it's actually quite... More 

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Yeppoon, Australia
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46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2014

This museum is the best in Australia. It is great for all ages and the staff are helpful. Gives a fantastic history of life in Australia well done

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Melbourne, Australia
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190 attraction reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2014

Harris Street Ultimo begins where George Street and Railway Square end and Broadway begins. You can reach it by the elevated light-rail line. Or you could catch a bus west from the city centre: walk downslope past University of Technology (UTS) buildings and the ABC's headquarters and you'll reach an old power generation structure that has been saved and turned... More 

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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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36 reviews 36 reviews
15 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2014

It sounds like the museum has changed a lot since I worked (via a temping agency) for a few months in the records department way back in 1990 .... index cards, post trolley, paper files, couriers, fax machine ... I found the museum fascinating, and spent some time checking out the exhibits as I pushed the post trolley to different... More 

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Portsmouth, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2014

This is an excellent museum even if you are not really into machines. As well as the machinery there is a whole lot of old photographs and other memorabilia from Sydney in days gone by. When we visited there was also an exhibition of film costumes which were lovely. The building itself is well laid out and the volunteer guides... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2014

Visited last Sunday and really enjoyed it. I hadn't been for about 20 years, since school. Took my two boys aged 6 and 3. They had a ball. The 6 year old loved the science and space exhibits, whilst the 3 year old found the Wiggles exhibition fun and entertaining. Really recommend for all ages as many different things on... More 

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Western Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2014

What a fabulous place and use of such a vast space. They had two brilliant jewellery and clothing exhibitions and a stunning selection of garments from Strictly Ballroom on display. All of these displays were superbly mounted. For the scientifically minded there are innumerable displays available. The Strasbourg clock is back! Well done Sydney for saving this iconic building.

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Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2014

I had not visited the Powerhouse for 20 years or so and it is a shame I waited so long to return. We took a tour with a volunteer guide and her knowledge of the museum exhibits was extensive - so much of 'progress' on display. There is a jewellery exhibition at the moment which I really loved. Lots of... More 

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Newcastle, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2014

We had a great afternoon at the Powerhouse Museum. There are lots of science exhibitions aimed at various age groups. They have a Wiggles-themed area for little kids. They had a science show on for the kids which drew a huge crown on the ground floor level. We parked at the Entertainment Centre car park (there was a concrete walkway... More 

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New South Wales, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014

Came for the first time with my son's class excursion, and can not wait to get back and explore it more in-depth. The kids really enjoyed the interactive parts and the demonstrations on the lower level. The space section was also a big hit with the kids young and old. It is one of the better museums I have been... More 

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