Powerhouse Museum Tourist Attraction

Powerhouse Museum

The Powerhouse Museum is the main unit of the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences in Sydney. Sydney Observatory is another branch of this museum. Even though the Museum is often described as scientific, quite a diverse collection is gathered inside it, which includes “Applied Art", "Science", "Communication", "Transportation", "Media", "Computer Technology", "Space Technology", "Steam engines", etc. The Powerhouse Museum has been around for over 125 years in various embodiments. It holds about 400 thousand exhibits. Most of them are placed in the building, which the Museum occupied in 1988 and which gave its name. It used to be a substation for electric tramways, and today it is a popular tourist attraction of Sydney. The history of the Museum dates back to the Sydney International Exhibition held in 1879, some exhibits of which became the basis of this technological Museum. For some time, its collections were housed in the Sydney Hospital in the same building with the morgue, and in 1893, the Museum moved into its own building. Today, you can see unique items among the exhibits of the Museum. For example, there is the world's oldest functional steam engine created in 1785, and the first steam locomotive built in the state of New South Wales in 1854. Perhaps the most popular exposition of the Museum is the model of the "Strasbourg Clock" built in 1887 by the 25-year-old watchmaker from Sydney, Richard Smith. This is a working model of the famous Strasbourg astronomical clock. Smith never saw the original himself and created his model according to a brochure that described the time-keeping and astronomical clock function. The exhibition "Space technology" represents the model of the space shuttle cabin in full size. Children prefer the exhibition "Experiments," where you can explore various aspects of magnetism, electricity, light, motion, etc. through interactive displays. For example, you can learn how to make chocolate, and taste it on each of the four stages of manufacture.

Open hours

Daily: 10:00 - 17:00


500 Harris StreetUltimo NSW 2007
Phone: (+61) 2 9217 0111
Website: https://maas.museum/
33° 52′ 40.43″ S, 151° 11′ 58.46″ E

Ticket price

Regular price: $15
Reduced price: $8
Children price: free under 16 years old

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