Powerhouse research generates new knowledge across the applied arts and sciences to meet the challenges of the 21st century.

It cannot be too strongly emphasised that research is the lifeblood of a science museum. If the spirit of research be absent, the museum may truly be described as a dead place. By its very nature, a science museum is a research institution, and only in an atmosphere of active enquiry can its function be maintained.
Frank Richard Morrison, Director (1956–1960)

Powerhouse Collection

The Powerhouse Collection includes the Powerhouse Archives, which are comprised of Collected Archives and the Powerhouse Institutional Archives.

Australian Research Council Projects

Provenance Research Project

Powerhouse Museum is a major cultural institution that collects, preserves, documents and displays Australian material culture and its global impact. The Powerhouse Collection spans a broad range of media and materials across the applied arts and sciences. The museum conforms to appropriate policy and guidelines to ensure the objects it brings into the collection or borrows for exhibitions have clear title and history of ownership (provenance) and it follows legislation relevant to movable cultural heritage.

ProvenanceInternal link icon

Object No. 88/731
Official Record of the Sydney International Exhibition, Catalogue issued by NSW Government Printing Office, printed by Thomas Richards, 1881

Powerhouse Research Library

A reference library supporting the exhibitions, publications and programs of the museum. The Research Library collection dates from 1880, and its subject specialities reflect the museum’s diverse collecting areas and contains approximately 40,000 books, 1,500 journal titles, and digital resources. By appointment only.

ContactInternal link icon


Research Library Catalogue

View External link

Reference Library Enquiry

To enquire or for more information

Enquire External link

Powerhouse Image Library

Comprising of digital and analog photographs of collection objects, exhibitions, significant locations and events. The Image Library supports Powerhouse publications, exhibitions and services as well as external researchers, publishers and authors.

ContactInternal link icon

Image Services

Schedule of fees for applicable costs.

View External link

Image Licensing Enquiry

To enquire or for more information

Enquire External link

Western Sydney University Scholars in Residence

Western Sydney University will embed a scholar in residence at Powerhouse to create joint research opportunities with Powerhouse staff, through its annual program.

Western Sydney University Scholars in Residence

Research Scholars

Powerhouse Museum operates an annual program to support research of the collection, museum practice, learning and public outcomes. The program is targeted at established researchers such as university academics and independent scholars.

Applications are now open Internal link icon

Current Research Scholars

Alumni Research Scholars

Powerhouse Conservation

Powerhouse Conservation are the custodians of the Powerhouse Collection in storage and on exhibition. Controlling environmental factors, documenting object conditions, conducting remedial work, and participating in various regional and community programs to promote conservation.

Museum Resources

Policies and Plans

Powerhouse Museum is committed to providing access to the range of policies, plans and procedures we develop relating to all our activities and relevant legislation.

More Internal link

Powerhouse Community

New work across the applied arts and sciences is developed through support and investment by Powerhouse. We foster innovation through facilitating collaboration and connection between industry and community.​

More Internal link