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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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10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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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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Fun science museum, well worth a visit with the kids

Visited on a rainy day with our kids (9 and 5). The circus exhibit was on and, despite my reservations about whether it would be worth the extra fee, I was really surprised at how... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 9, 2015
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Melbourne, Australia
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Melbourne, Australia
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52 reviews 52 reviews
31 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2015

Visited on a rainy day with our kids (9 and 5). The circus exhibit was on and, despite my reservations about whether it would be worth the extra fee, I was really surprised at how interesting and fun it was. We got the opportunity to learn circus skills, dress up as clowns and enjoy the live show (aimed very much... More 

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Canberra, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2015

Great museum, inexpensive afternoon (if not including special shows). We easily "wasted" two hours and could have spent a further two. The exhibits were well curated and of interest to a variety of tastes and ages.

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Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2015

With an afternoon to spare ahead of a business trip to Sydney, I took the opportunity to visit the museum. It had been over twenty years since my last visit and what changes had been made. All for the much better. The displays were informative and included many of the original equipment designed and built in Australia. Modern TV shows... More 

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Gympie, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2015

Went to see the Jewellery exhibition which was excellent, although the lighting was rather too much subdued. Did not think diamonds etc could be damaged by light? Lots more to see if you have the time. Apparently there are rumours that the museum could be relocated to Paramatta of all places & replaced by units so somebody can make $$$!

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Warnbro, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2015

This museum is in the old power house and a lot of the old structure has be retained giving the old vibe for a lot of the displays .this museum is to do with all technology and at the moment have the underwear display from a span of 350 yrs. The space display is fantastic with the opportunity to feel... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2015

Great design and technology museum. Fascinating combination of displays. At present design and technology student comtributions, underwear, jewellery and shoes over the ages. Space, engines and more. Great way yo spend a rainy day.

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Melbourne, Australia
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24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2015

This is a great museum, with a diverse collection of material that allows children (and others!) to explore many different things. There are two eating establishments on site - they are only average, and could improve by a notch or two.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015

At the first time we have been here together with my husband, and he found this museum like - a bit of everything, no theme at all, not focused enough. Next time we came here with 4 y o child and her grandparents - and we feel diferent this time. Many rooms, each one has one theme, very interactive and... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015 via mobile

It's really a great place for all ages. It was the school holiday but it wasn't overly crowded. There where couples. There where white haired farthers and young man son duos. Lady visitors from aboard and young family's. There is a lot of support to entertain the children. Much to interest both genders. The staff are great. And there is... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015

Gotta love this museum, as it has a bit of everything. It will entertain any family member for at least a few hours. We saw the temporary exhibits on jewelry and another one on underwear, and they were wonderful. There was also a great shoe exhibition, as well as tons of other interesting vintage equipment, toys, coin op machines, etc.... More 

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