Powerhouse Museum

The Powerhouse Museum, Australia's largest and most popular museum, is located in Darling Harbour, Sydney. Its unique and diverse collection of 385,000 objects spans history, science, technology, design, industry, decorative arts, music, transport and space exploration.

The Museum has an ever-changing program of exhibitions covering approximately 20,000 square metres (equivalent to three international competition soccer fields). It presents 22 permanent exhibitions and several temporary exhibitions, complemented by more than 250 interactives.

A visit to the Powerhouse Museum can include touch screen computers, audio phones, science experiments, virtual reality 3D theatres, extraordinary performances, films, highlight tours, fascinating lectures and public programs. The Museum has a range of education services and a members organisation.

The Museum opened to the public in 1988 in a new building constructed from the shell of an old power station in Harris Street, Ultimo, Sydney.

The Museum's mission is to develop collections and presents exhibitions and programs that explore science, design and history for the people of New South Wales and beyond.

The Museum also includes the historic Sydney Observatory. The two make up the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences, a New South Wales Government cultural institution.


The collection of some 400,000 objects is managed in three major collecting areas, each necessarily broad, and each overlapping with and informing the others. The three major collecting areas are science and technology; decorative arts and design; Australian history and society.

Each object now acquired into the collection has a ?statement of significance? prepared for it; a reasoned summary of the values, meanings or importance of the object. The four key factors of significance are: historical; aesthetic; scientific, research or technical; social or spiritual.


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    Locomotive No 1

    01 Apr 2004 - 29 Apr 2020

    Locomotive No. 1 brings to life the age of steam travel, which began in 1855 when this very locomotive hauled NSW's first train. The exhibition recreates...

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    01 Apr 2004 - 31 Dec 2020

    Explores the principles of temperature, pressure, electricity, magnetism, light, gravity, motion and chemistry

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