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Powerhouse is the largest museum group in Australia. It sits at the intersection of the arts, design, science and technology and plays a critical role in engaging communities with contemporary ideas and issues. It is custodian to more than half a million objects of national and international significance and is considered one of the finest and most diverse collections in Australia.

Programs are currently presented at Powerhouse Castle Hill and Sydney Observatory during construction of our new flagship site Powerhouse Parramatta and the revitalisation of Powerhouse Ultimo.

Powerhouse Parramatta

Under Construction

On Dharug land

Powerhouse Parramatta will be one of the world's most significant new museums. Community, industry and collection will intersect to create a dynamic culturally engaged program that will redefine museums. Powerhouse Parramatta is located within one of Australia's fastest growing and most diverse communities.

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Powerhouse Ultimo

Heritage Revitalisation

On Gadigal land

Powerhouse Ultimo is undergoing a significant heritage revitalisation that will deliver new and expanded spaces to showcase the museum's renowned collection and present exclusive international exhibitions. This revitalisation will also enable Powerhouse to expand education programming that supports the applied arts and sciences, and creative industries.

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Powerhouse Castle Hill

On Bediagal land

Powerhouse Castle Hill is expanding with new state-of-the-art facilities for the storage and preservation of the Powerhouse Collection, which contains more than half a million objects. It is open to the community every weekend.

Open Weekends 10am–4pm

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Sydney Observatory

On Gadigal land

Sydney Observatory is a national place of connection and research of astronomy, meteorology and science.

Open for pre-booked tours Wednesday – Saturday

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Powerhouse Strategy as Practice PDF

The Powerhouse Strategic Framework supports the delivery of the museum’s renewal, ensuring that its infrastructure, collections and program, fortifies its commitment to the applied arts and applied sciences, expands its vital role in the development of industry and works always in the service of community.

History

Powerhouse Museum has ‘always looked, Janus like, both backwards and forwards’. A museum is more than the physical container that holds it, it is everything that gets us to this moment – the past, the present and the future pressing up against each other; interleaving, and always in conversation.

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