1001 Remarkable Objects

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1001 Remarkable Objects presents an unexpected juxtaposition of objects in 25 rooms that lead us on a journey across time and memory. The selection includes objects that have never been exhibited until now alongside much loved Powerhouse Collection icons.

We rejected the nomenclature of “treasures” or “masterpieces” and instead determined all choices must be in some way “remarkable” – whether by virtue of rarity, visual appeal, social history or an ability to invoke wonder.
Leo Schofield AM

Extraordinary objects include the only surviving fragment of the Lockheed Altair aircraft Lady Southern CrossExternal link icon flown by pioneer aviator Sir Charles Kingsford Smith for his final flight in 1935; a section of original Transatlantic cable from 1858External link icon; a mousetrap making machineExternal link icon designed in Sydney; an Edo period samurai warrior’s suit of armourExternal link icon; a 1.5 metre tall Mintons ceramic peacockExternal link icon from the 1870s and a Detroit Electric carExternal link icon manufactured in 1917.



Powerhouse Ultimo
500 Harris St
Ultimo NSW 2007

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Free exhibition

Opened 26 August 2023

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Curator Tours

Explore 1001 through free Curator and Volunteer-led tours. Each session will highlight different pieces from the 1001 objects on display.

1–2pm Thursday 14 September, Anni Turnbull
1–2pm Friday 6 October, Anni Turnbull
1–2pm Friday 27 October, Eva Czernis-Ryl
1–2pm Friday 17 November, Eva Czernis-Ryl
1–2pm Friday 8 December, Eva Czernis-Ryl

Volunteer-led tours run daily at 11am from Monday-Friday. Places are limited and bookings are recommended.

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Powerhouse Collaborators

Object No. 2001/85/1-1
Standard ‘Supreme’ mousetrap making machine by AW Standfield and Co.  Photo: Anthony Potter.