The Powerhouse Museum is Sydney’s largest and most popular museum. Home to Australian culture and history, the Powerhouse is the perfect place to get a comprehensive insight into this rich and diverse country. Also known as the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences, you will find artefacts, displays and exhibitions about history, science, ancient and modern technology, design, industry, the decorative arts, as well as music, transport and outer space.
Visit the Museum to find out about all things Australian - explore how Australians live, work and entertain themselves, find out about Australia’s notable record in research and innovation and discover the contemporary voices of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures.
The museum is a modern, vibrant organisation with over 25 exhibitions on at any one time exploring an amazing array of phenomena to excite visitors from not only Australia but from all over the world.
More than 250 interactives bring the Powerhouse Museum to life for thousands of people each year. Touch screen computers, audio phones, science experiments and hands-on fun are guaranteed to delight children and adults alike.
An ever-changing program of temporary displays complements a range of permanent exhibitions, and regular demonstrations, performances, workshops and other special events are presented throughout the Museum.
500 Harris St,
The Museum is ideally situated in Darling Harbour, Sydney’s prestige waterfront location, and is close to the CBD and many other fantastic Sydney attractions. Easily accessible via Light Rail from Central Railway as well as the Metro Monorail, one of only a few above ground rail systems in the world that operates through the heart of a major city.
On the map you can see it is close to Darling Harbour, Chinatown, Central Station (Sydney Terminal), Broadway bus station (Railway Square).
The museum is also related to the Sydney Observatory, with telescopes, 3D space theatre and the Sydney Planetarium.
There are a number of bus services that go up Harris Street from the city, as well as a Light Rail Service from Central Railway Station. The Exhibition Centre Sydney Light Rail Station goes to Darling Harbour from Central Station and Chinatown. The museum is only a short walk from the Sydney Entertainment Centre.
Discounts may apply: ask at the museum for validated parking.
Wilson Parking (adjacent to Novotel Sydney Central), 179 Thomas Street, Haymarket
Harbourside Car park, 100 Murray Street, Pyrmont. Phone 1800 PARKING (1800 727 5464)
The Museum also provides several language guides to ensure maximum enjoyment for all. Whether it’s vegemite, Holden cars, didgeridoos or traditional bush kitchens you’re interested in, the Powerhouse Museum is a must-see for international visitors and Australians alike. Vegemite and Didgeridoos - sounds like a good name for a song.
The Powerhouse Cafe upstairs was painted by the well known Australian artist, Ken Done.
Darling Harbour has a number of attractions, including the Australian National Maritime Museum, the new Sydney Wildlife Centre, Sydney Aquarium. To get there: Take the ferry from Circular Quay to Darling Harbour, or catch the train to Central and then take the light rail to Darling Harbour. See more about Darling Harbour.
Corner of Phillip and Bridge Streets
Parking is available, but not at the museum. Located at Governor Phillip and the Maquarie Tower. Parking rates apply.
To get there, you can take the train or ferry to Circular Quay and just walk up Phillip St. Due to severe parking restrictions in the city, this may be the best option.
There are frequent bus services from places like Bondi Beach and the Eastern and outer suburbs that terminate there as well.
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