Located near Darling Harbour in the suburb of Ultimo, the Powerhouse Museum is a New South Wales State Government operated public museum. Home to a unique collection of material, artifacts and heritage, the museum offers a diverse range of stories and exhibits spanning everything from science and technology to industry, design and decorative arts, transport, space exploration, music, history and culture.
With more than 500,000 separate pieces in the Powerhouse's collection, the museum is also home to a rich insight into Australian history, culture and lifestyle. Constantly evolving, the museum features an ever-changing range of temporary displays that accompany a wide range of informative and interactive permanent exhibitions. The collections are brought to life with educational, creative and tech-savvy public programs.
The Powerhouse has a strong focus on learning through creativity, with many of its programs and exhibitions designed to reflect technology and ideas that have changed the world along with the people who inspired and created these changes. Helping to tell these inspiring stories are a number of regular demonstrations, forums, workshops, guided tours and special events. The Powerhouse features services for all education levels ranging from pre-school all the way through to tertiary as well as an organisation for members.
The museum itself is also home to a number of dedicated wings and buildings. Part of the Powerhouse's Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences, the Sydney Observatory is an astronomy museum located in a historic site on Sydney Harbour. Home to a 3D theatre, telescopes, historic domes, exhibitions and more, visitors can enjoy virtual space travel and a dynamic look into the universe.
The Powerhouse Museum also has a Discovery Centre in Castle Hill which is an offsite but publically accessible collection storage. With more than 50,000 objects in the collection stores, visitors can enjoy access to more of the museum's extensive collection through purpose built display stores. Enjoy a glimpse into the huge range of the museum's collection and see how these precious artifacts are cared for and maintained. Tours are also available through the deeper stores by appointment.
Located onsite at the museum is the NSW Migration Heritage Centre which offers partnerships within the community, recording the heritage and history of migrants and their legacy. Developed in conjunction with the museum and a network of local government bodies and metropolitan, rural and regional museums, the centre offers an interesting array of programs.