Powerhouse Museum Ultimo
Where is it at?
500 Harris St
Tel: 2 9217 0111
Where are we going today?
The Powerhouse Museum is a museum of design and science located in central Sydney. It's packed full of interactive and multi media exhibits, displays and programming to get kids' imaginations and their brains purring while they rake over some key scientific concepts.
The programme of events at the museum is wide ranging and freqently changing, so it's hard to tell you what to expect, but it's always fun, educational, and where possible, spectacular!
The Museum’s Level 1 courtyard has been transformed into an outdoor playground during their recent refurbishment. Children will have lots of fun playing on the state-of-the art equipment. And it’s right next to the cafe, so parents and carers can relax at the courtyard tables while keeping an eye on their children enjoying themselves.
Some museums claim to be child friendly when really they mean child tolerant, but these guys are so sincere about it, they even have a whole different website (accessed through the main one) for families and kids, and every special event they have is for them.
How much does it cost?
- Free Under: 4 years
When can we go?
The Powerhouse Museum is currently open from 9.30am – 5.00pm every day except Christmas Day. (Extend
The Museum welcomes visits from mother groups, day care centres, preschools, etc. Bookings are recommended for larger groups and special programs may be available. Call (02) 9217 0222 for more information..
A child-friendly cafe is located in the courtyard on level 1 (the lowest gallery level of the Museum). Here, you can eat food purchased from the cafe or that you have brought with you..
Need a little extra help?
Ramps and the glass-walled lift (a highlight for children) enable access with a pram or stroller to all the gallery levels of the Powerhouse. Children require adult supervision when using the escalators (and for safety reasons, prams and strollers are not permitted on the escalators)..
There are special toddler toilets next to the baby change room on level 2. This room also contains a microwave for heating of baby bottles. A baby change table is also located in the disabled toilet on level 5..
To get help if you and your child get separated in the Museum, look for the staff wearing blue Powerhouse shirts or ask at the cloaking counter on level 3. Lost children will be taken to the cloaking counter..
What people are saying?
by Sara Allen
This is a fantastic museum - definitely one for kids and adults alike with loads of interactive displays. They often bring in good travelling exhibits too - in fact, this is where they had the Harry Potter exhibit a couple of years back. If you go, look out for the interactive exhibit where you can simulate shearing a sheep - try not to cut the sheep! Also look out for the chocolate display (it actually shoots out some little choccie bites for you).
by Priyesh M
Great place in the city to go do some exploring on a wide variety of topics. The building is beautiful and the exhibits are quite impressive, my favorite being the space shuttle engine. The admission price is reasonable and this is a perfect way to spend an afternoon with a young inquisitive mind. I would check their website to see what is currently on, as they change to new exhibits every so often.
by Po-An Chen
Experience would have been just okay if it wasn't for the fact that one of the staff wouldn't allow me to use an e-cigarette on the premises, even though it is completely harmless and behaves like water vapour. Why does every other indoor venue allow it and not the powerhouse museum? This shows a lack of understanding of the device and made my trip here uncomfortable. Also, a lot of the exhibits, save the ones on the lowest floor, are remarkably boring in my opinion.
by Neha Srivastava
Fun and interactive museum, specially if you love science. The exhibits are interesting, specially the Mars landscape, and the vintage cars. It's a great place to take your kids and spend a fun learning afternoon!
by Silke Elzner
The Powerhouse museum will forever be one of my most favourite museums in Sydney. Not just because they have a very varied permanent exhibition, from design to transport to technology, there are also exciting changing exhibitions that keep on intriguing me and that inspire me to come back fairly often. Entrance fees are reasonable, in particular in comparison with other Sydneysider attractions. I like that the museum has something on offer for everyone - the kids will love the Wiggles exhibition, older ones will be able to have a go with some of...Read More
by Silke Elzner
The Powerhouse museum will forever be one of my most favourite museums in Sydney. Not just because they have a very varied permanent exhibition, from design to transport to technology, there are also exciting changing exhibitions that keep on intriguing me and that inspire me to come back fairly often. Entrance fees are reasonable, in particular in comparison with other Sydneysider attractions. I like that the museum has something on offer for everyone - the kids will love the Wiggles exhibition, older ones will be able to have a go with some of the science exhibits, and adults will find interesting stuff around fashion, design, history, and so forth. I also like the layout and the buildings - the old Ultimo powerhouse is part of the complex, the great halls will provide enough space to suspend satellites or small planes from the ceiling. For kids, there is a great outdoor playground, and the cafe is acceptable too.