Powerhouse Museum, Sydney

Science Museum · Hidden Gem · Museum
Situated inside a converted electric station, Powerhouse Museum houses a huge collection of art and artifacts celebrating applied science and design. The museum is known for kid-friendly interactive displays and popular shows featuring props from films such as "Star Wars" and "Harry Potter." You can visit a number of permanent exhibitions, including one displaying a life-size model of a Space Shuttle cockpit. Other exhibits highlight the steam engine revolution and modern cyber technology. Arguably, the most popular exhibit is The Strasbourg Clock Model, a working replica of the famous Strasbourg Cathedral astronomical clock. Plan to visit Powerhouse Museum during your Sydney vacation using our convenient Sydney trip itinerary planner.
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  • What a disappointment. One area was closed off, being packed up to be put into storage I was told. Could see the aircraft and space things from a Second floor balcony but that was it. All I can say.....  more »
  • We had heard such good things about this museum. Imagine our disappointment when over half of it was empty, and the rest of it was sparsely curated with exciting things like...hypodermic needles...  more »
  • My 11 year old grandson, Anton and I totally enjoyed the Powerhouse museum. We had been recommended by Antons' teacher the year prior. The exhibitions were interesting and engaging and I...  more »
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  • It was one of my best experiences in Sydney. Great museum. Also the Star Wars exhibition is wonderful. Definitely worth the money. You don't really have to be a fan of Star Wars to enjoy it. If you've seen them once, you'll have a good time. Keep in mind that it took us 5 hours to see the exhibition and the museum itself altogether.
  • A fantastic destination during the school holidays for the kids. This museum definitely makes learning fun. There are countless activities and experiences within this museum touching on how the world works. Located conveniently in Darling Harbour prices can get a little steep for some families.
  • Very inexpensive admission/membership. Seems to have lots to interest all ages. The Wiggles exhibit is worth the trip. Most of the hands on science exhibits were quite dated. Update 2019: new hands on physics and engineering exhibits!
  • Love this fun place! I’ve learnt or refreshed so many little knowledge in here. Staff are really nice. Engine, train history, space ship, physics, etc for your visiting. Creative, interesting, education and family time together. You and your kids will absolutely love this place. For me, a very special birthday experience.
  • This is an outstanding public museum, that covers a large range of topics. There are many interactive displays that engage the mind. The guide said about two hours to tour the general museum, I would suggest 4 hours. There is a cafe out the front that does breakfast, lunch and standard cafe fare including coffee and tea. Entry allows you to come and go as you please for the day. Cloakroom is available.

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