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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 #77 of 293 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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87 reviews 87 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014 NEW

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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Perth, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

We came here expecting to spend a little time, but was so intrigued we were there almost the whole day. The Strictly Ballroom display was on so spent heaps of time here, as it turned out we had tickets to see the show that night, so was a great surprise. Enjoyed the lace making, something I had never seen done... More

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Brisbane, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

The PowerHouse Museum is Australia's premiere scientific, technological and industrial design museum conveniently located in Ultimo, nearby to Darling Harbour. The museum has a great collection of early technology from Steam Engines right through to modern displays on environmental sustainability and Space. My kids really enjoyed the great array of experiments where they were able to learn about everything from... More

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

lots of interactive activities needs all day. Informative and fun. Great playground for kids in eating area.

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Perth, Western Australia, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014 via mobile

This was a brilliant experience for our whole family. We also went to the Gaming exhibition, which was well received by our sons. Great value and very interesting.

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

We visited on a Sunday with kids, starting around 11 am and finished at 5.30 pm. It was a wonderful experience. So many things to see with very reasonable ticket price for Sydney (family 2 kids + 2 adults $38). Easy access using Light Rail from Central station, off at Paddington and up few steps to old Monorail Station and... More

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Sydney, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014

The Powerhouse Museum in my opinion is an extremely large space that is not utilised very well. It is quite dark inside and a little hard to navigate, I think the signage is not very helpful, it took us a while to figure out where the new members lounge was. Some of the exhibits were of interest to myself and... More

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Brisbane, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014

If you are on foot the Powerhouse Museum can be a little hard to find due to all the construction around Darling Harbour. Once there however, the collections of engineering history, cultural heritage and downright quirky things( Oopsitorium) are very absorbing. You need to take advantage of the free tours conducted by volunteers like Meg who although she is as... More

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Ocean Shores, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

The Powerhouse Museum in Ultimo is housed in a magnificent 4 level cavernous building. The exhibits are both interesting and educational, while the kids were being entertained with a comedians view on the history of flight we perused the exhibits nearby. There is plenty here to enterttain all ages so allow plenty of time when you visit.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2014

The Games Masters exhibition and the Wiggles exhibition were both fantastic. The rest of the visit was disappointing. The whole museum felt half finished with vast areas with no exhibits and with work underway on things that were there. The lower levels smelt really badly of drains and that put me of browsing around what was there. We ate at... More

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