Powerhouse Museum, Sydney

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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  • Loved this musuem. We ended up spending hours here. Manu different exhibitions including a space travel exhibit which was my favourite. Lots of interactive pieces as well.  more »
  • I had a great time at this unique museum. I came for the Sherlock Holmes exhibition in August 2017 and still remember how fun it was to also learn about science and design.  more »
  • i came here because we have some time to spare before leaving for the airport. I agree with the bad reviews that most of the exhibits are really tired & old & lackluster. It is very disappointing & un...  more »
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  • $15 adult fee. More for the special Sherlock Holmes exhibition. Great museum, almost too much content! There's something for everyone from wedding dresses to space travel. For adults it's a museum, but for kids there's a lot of things to do and interact with. Recommended for both solo travellers and families!
  • This is a world class museum and stands alone in Sydney as a wonderful place to experience anything that is technology and history related. The regular museum is awesome in its own right, but the Powerhouse has that hands on approach that just makes kids interested in learning and yearning to come back for more. And after all that is the point is it not? To enhance the learning experience for both young AND old?
  • We have been visiting the Powerhouse Museum for many years. Boy have things changed recently. My last visit was in 2013 with the Video Game exhibition and that was fantastic. So many things have changed since then. The place looks like it got smaller with many downstairs areas being closed off. When you walk down the hallway there used to be lots of exhibitions down the hall but now its just a blank wall. The lighting inside is very dark and hard to walk around in. However, had loads of fun in the Electricity exhibition, which was probably the highlight since pretty much everything else I remember I liked seems to have gone or temporarily closed. The places like the Space and Tram exhibition, we've seen them all before but it's always fun to show guests. I didn't like how you walk into a room and there are just gaps in the middle of the room where more exhibitions should be. There are big walls and have giant screens where people can touch and move objects around. This isn't a very good idea as I prefer people should rather see the actual physical object instead. The chocolate machine is gone and I think the dancing robot is gone as well, I couldn't find them. It's a shame so many of my favorite exhibitions are gone or maybe temporarily removed. The Wiggles exhibition is still there which is great. I always liked that but was very disappointed to see that the Hologram concert is gone and its just a giant TV now. I loved the Holograms because they were more interactive rather than a plain old TV in a room. It seems like there is a lot missing in the Powerhouse Museum these days. If they claim to have about 500,000 where are they all? Away from the public eye? It felt like there was a lot missing than I remember. Also the Cafe was terrible. Don't go there. And it's badly designed. You go outside and you have to show your tickets again when you come back in. There is a lot of room for improvement needed here.
  • Took a school excursion to the Sherlock Holmes exhibition....it was great fun! The kids really enjoyed it and it was fabulously interactive. We got a great price but the usual $35 seems very steep.
  • The Sherlock Holmes exhibition was a fun and engaging one and took most of our 2.5 hours there. Was thankful that the lady at the ticket counter had advised us to go for the Sherlock first. Wished that we had more time for the other exhibits though. 5pm is already too early a closing time for a museum, but they were already closing the gates at 4.55pm!

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