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The historic New South Wales Government locomotive No.1 is a main exhibit in Sydney's Powerhouse Museum. Picture: Hpeterswald, Wikipedia

Powerhouse Museum

The Powerhouse Museum is a science-and-technology museum that promotes interactive learning experiences through computer games, videos, demonstrations, lectures and activities. There are more than 25 exhibitions that explore science and technology, human achievement and the decorative arts, and how they relate to our everyday lives.


The museum itself is built from the shell of an old power station constructed in 1899-1902 to provide power for Sydney's electric tram system. It was a working power station right up until 1963 and suffered a decade and more of neglect before the Wran Government named it as the site for a new museum in 1979, the museum eventually opening in 1988.


Visitors to the Powerhouse Museum get to walk through the old boiler house, with its giant smokestacks, the turbine and engine houses, and the switch house, where the electricity was switched to parts of the city.



Location: 500 Harris Street, Ultimo
Telephone: +61 2 9217 0111
Opening Hours: Daily 10:00 to 17:00 (Closed Christmas Day)
School Holidays 09:30 to 17:00
Services: Café, Kids' Interactive Spaces, Soundhouse, Information Technology Centre, Research & Photo Libraries.
Exhibits: Decorative Arts & Design, Australian History & Society, Engineering & Design, Sciences, Koori History & Culture & Transport.
Exhibitions: Calendar
Website: Powerhouse Museum
Getting There

By Train: Central Station is the closest railway station to the Powerhouse Museum. Depart Central Station via the eastern exits to Railway Square/George Street. From there turn left at Railway Square and walk to Harris Street located on the right.

By Monorail: Turn left from Powerhouse Monorail Station and go to the end of the walkway; the Powerhouse Museum is to the right at the end of the walkway.