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Powerstation Museum Tamworth

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Powerstation Museum
216 Peel Street
Tamworth
NSW
2340
Tel: 02 6766 8324

Where are we going today?

Where would we be without electricity? It's a scary thought, isn't it! Well, it was discovered at some point, and the Powerstation Museum in Tamworth is the best place for the family to understand all things electricity! A fascinating family day out!

The Powerstation Museum opened up in 1988 - which means there have been a LOT of families learning lots of amazing facts since then!

The museum is filled with displays that have recorded the history of electricity. You can see items reflecting the impact that electricity has had on our modern society.

A HUGE impact...otherwise we would still be walking around with candles and moonlight!

The museum has very cool special working displays, which include a generator, which demonstrate the principles of the science behind electricity. 

There is even an installation of the first working electric telegraph...which was actually the FIRST practical use of electricity. That's pretty cool!

There are several exhibitions that you can walk around which display early electrical appliances. These would have been used for cooling, entertainment, washing, cleaning...and much different to what you would be used to these days!

Did you know that Tamworth was actually the first town in Australia that was lit by electricity? Yep! All the way back in 1888, only 9 years after the incandescent electric light bulb was invented. Did you know it was Joseph Wilson Swan who invented it, and he was British? 

All these facts you are learning, and you haven't set foot in the Powerstation Museum yet!

A fascinating and fact filled day out with the family in Tamworth...all powered by electricity! 

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How much does it cost?

  • Adults$5
  • Children$5
LAST UPDATED 2015

When can we go?

9am - 1pm Wednesday to Saturday

All year round

Teachers corner

They love having school groups visit - it's so informative! School groups are only $2 admission! .

I'm Hungry!

There are plenty of places in Tamworth to pick up some food before or after your visit! .

Any Top Tips?

Take your time, there is lots to see and lots to read! Allow a couple of hours. .

Doing our bit

They really have created an amazing museum to educate visitors on something so important in our modern lives! .

Need a little extra help?

If you have special needs, just give them a call to see how they can assist you. .

More information

Check opening times if there are special events on the in the city .

What people are saying?

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    You come here for the building, not the art exhibition museum inside ! I was more amazed and exicted to visit this old Power station for his past and his architecture that the Contemporary art exhibition museum inside. It's a huge museum, with many levels + art rooms. It's well designed and you feel very small in there. They got a nice terrasse above, with a amazing view on Shanghai & as well the Hangpu River. I was expected much more concerning the art inside, I was kind of disappointing actually. Not my taste at all, but tastes are all differents,...Read More

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    Great installations, confused name to another MOCA

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by Frédérick B.

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You come here for the building, not the art exhibition museum inside ! I was more amazed and exicted to visit this old Power station for his past and his architecture that the Contemporary art exhibition museum inside. It's a huge museum, with many levels + art rooms. It's well designed and you feel very small in there. They got a nice terrasse above, with a amazing view on Shanghai & as well the Hangpu River. I was expected much more concerning the art inside, I was kind of disappointing actually. Not my taste at all, but tastes are all differents, I've seem better Contemporary museums elsewhere in the World. I still give 3 stars out of 5 because, I think it's nice to recycle old building to create a new fonction in that case, it's a museum and it's free as well to visit.

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