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Powerhouse Museum Darling Harbour Sydney

Sydney Powerhouse Museum

Any holiday in Sydney is not complete if you don't visit the Powerhouse Museum. Located at the southern end of Darling Harbour, just a short stroll up the ramp from Paddy's Markets Monorail Station, The Powerhouse Museum is a mixture of wonderful displays and exhibitions that the entire family will find fascinating.

There are always new exhibitions displayed on a regular basis, so repeat visits to the Powerhouse Museum are highly recommended.

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Powerhouse Museum Darling Harbour Sydney

Strasburg Clock ImageSome of the displays and exhibits within the Powerhouse Museum will completely amaze you. Take the Strasburg Clock for example. Built in 1889 by Richard Bartholomew Smith, this somewhat extraordinary clock has been on display at the Powerhouse Museum for over a century. Starting 6 minutes before the hour, the Strasburg Clock begins an operation of Australian music and other movements that just cannot be adequately expressed here.

Described as a "fantastic confection of towers, staircases, mysterious dials, mechanical birds, cherubs, chariots and saints" by the official Powerhouse Museum Brochure, visitors must sit down and witness for themselves this marvelous model of the famous astronomical clock in Strasbourg Cathedral, France.

Powerhouse Museum has many hands on mechanical displays where buttons are pushed, pulleys are turned and rotors wound to activate steam machines, early electrical devices and assorted gadgets that the young and old find fascinating.

Entire airplanes hang from the ceilings, restored steam trains and railway platform train information boards fill exhibition areas. In 1990, Australian explorer and businessman Dick Smith, landed his helicopter in the grounds of the Powerhouse and donated the entire working helicopter to the museum, as a gift to the people.

trying out the Penny Farthing vintage bicycle at the Powerhouse Museum.Vintage cars, old bicycles, even an old Penny Farthing bike, one of those strange contraptions with one huge wheel in the front and a small wheel at back, is on display. You can even sit on the Penny Farthing bicycle if you are big enough to get on it.

An assortment of bric-a-brac from a typical 1950's to 60's household captures the imagination of many of the younger children, seeing how ancient and antiquated kitchens and early televisions looked way back then.

Plan to spend at least 2 hours to see just a small portion of the Powerhouse Museum. All day is recommended if you want to get the most out of your visit. There is a cafe onsite for meals and snacks and a children's playground to allow a break from viewing the various displays.

Where is Powerhouse Museum

The easiest way to get to Powerhouse Museum is to take the Sydney Monorail and get off at the Paddy's Market Station. Turn to the left as you leave the station. Walk up the ramp and the Powerhouse Museum is at the end of the ramp. If your not sure where is Powerhouse Museum, just ask a monorail station attendent and you will be given good directions.

If you are walking through Darling Harbour, go past the Imax theatre, past the Chinese Gardens and continue to the end of the Darling Harbour complex. Here you will see the Monorail Station and just walk up the ramp as previously directed.

  • The Powerhouse Museum is open from 10.00am - 5.00pm daily. {Except Christmas Day)
  • Entry is $10 per adult
  • Child (4 - 15 years) $5.00
  • Children under four free.
  • Pensioners and Seniors discounts apply.
    (Prices are subject to change.)



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