Powerhouse Museum

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An airplane indoors, hanging from the rafters.
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The Powerhouse Museum is an interactive learning space with a vast permanent collection and a broad range of special exhibitions, especially in school holidays.

Activities include:

  • Highlight tour of the museum
  • The steam revolution explaining steam technology, including a steam engine demonstration
  • Mars Lab including the Mars Yard created with materials retrieved from outer space and the robotics lab with space robot demonstrations.
  • Steam engine demonstration
  • Reproduction of a 1930s cinema, including instruments for silent movies
  • Lace study centre
  • Wiggles exhibition
  • The Magic Garden
  • Space- exhibition about the history of space travel including the Zero Gravity Space lab.
  • Ecological- creating a sustainable future- interactive exhibition about fresh water and energy efficient housing with interactive ipad games.
  • Transport exhibition displaying different forms of transport (from bicycles to aeroplanes) and discussing transport in Australian history.
  • Cogs playground and craft areas for little ones.
  • Art, science and history exhibitions for grown ups and many interactive things to see and do for everybody.

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Cogs and iPads Mars Lab
Build it Yourself



All ages.


Enough to do for a full day trip.


The site, including bathrooms, all buildings and exhibitions are accessible for wheelchair users.


  • Cafe on site with high chairs available
  • Toilets including baby change facilities
  • Free wi-fi
  • School excursions and parties can be booked.


Adult $15

Child (4-15 yo) $8

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Family (1 adult, 3 kids or 2 adults, 2 kids) $38

Group bookings and memberships are available.

Opening hours

10am – 5pm 7 days a week.

Closed Christmas Day



Contact details

500 Harris St ULTIMO NSW 2007

(02) 9217 0111

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E-mail enquiries need to be directed to the relevant department – see enquiry forms here


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Date Created: September 9, 2012 Date Modified: October 12, 2014