Powerhouse Museum, Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences

Powerhouse Museum, Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences

The Powerhouse Museum is located in the Darling Harbour precinct which attracts over eight million visitors a year and was of primary focus in both the 2000 millennium celebrations and the Sydney 2000 Olympic games. The Powerhouse museum opened in 1988 and is positioned as a dynamic, innovative and enjoyable museum which promotes awareness and understanding of the past, present and future of Australian society.

The Powerhouse achieves this through research, scholarship and the acquisition, conservation and presentation of material in the fields of science, technology, industry, decorative arts, design and social history. The museum also initiates and tours exhibitions locally, statewide, nationally and internationally.

The Powerhouse Museum is the flagship site of the Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences which was first established as a collecting institution in 1880, following the Sydney International Exhibition of 1879. Since opening in 1988, the Powerhouse has emerged as one of Australia's leading cultural institutions, attracting around 600,000 visitors per year, including over 120,000 school students.

The audience for the Powerhouse Museum is spread across all age groups with a primary market being adults. A major market survey has shown that the visitor base has a broad demographic reach across Sydney and its suburbs and a significant proportion of intrastate and interstate visitors, inbound tourists, special interest and incentive based visitors.

Address: 
500 Harris Street, Ultimo, NSW
Tel: 
0292170111
Hours: 
Monday - Sunday 10.00am - 5.00pm, School holidays 9.30am - 5.00pm, Closed Christmas Day.
Admission: 
General admission charges: Adults $8, Children $2, Family $18, Concession $3, Adult Groups of over 20 - $5 each
Free to Under 5s, Seniors Card holders, Pensioners, Powerhouse members and ICOM Members. Additional prices apply to special temporary paying exhibitions.
School groups $4 each teacher guided, or $5 each guided package, special rates for Soundhouse and Information Technology Centre.
Facilities: 
Access for the disabled, services for the hearing and visually impaired, toilets, restaurant, shop, education programs.
Collection: 
Total of objects held by the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences is over 350,000
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Items

Textile length

Creator:
Nyukana Baker
Description:
Batik, on taffeta silk, with napthol dyes. Created by Nyukana Baker (born 1943) of the Pitantjatjara language group, Ernabella SA.
Date:
1995
Item Id Number:
95/318/1

Spacesuit

Sokol KV-2 Spacesuit from Soyuz TM-10

Sokol KV-2 Spacesuit from Soyuz TM-10
Creator:
Sokol - Moscow Zvelda Design Bureau
Description:
Spacesuit used by Air Force Lieutenant Colonel Gennady Manakov on his maiden flight Soyuz TM10 in 1990, consisting of pressure garment with hood, radio headset and canvas booties.
Date:
1989
Item Id Number:
94/65/1

Armchair

Macquarie Chair

Macquarie Chair
Creator:
Attributed to John Webster (carver), William Temple (cabinet maker)
Description:
Armchair made for Governor Lachlan Macquarie, from rose mahogany, casuarina and Australian red cedar.
Date:
1821
Item Id Number:
H6862

Earnshaw regulator

Creator:
Thomas Ernshaw London
Description:
Clock, astronomical regulator, sidereal time, metal mahogany. Used by Matthew Flinders on his vayage on the "Investigator", where he completed the first circumnavigation of Australia.
Date:
1791
Item Id Number:
94/15/1

Calculating machine

Babbage difference engine

Babbage difference engine
Creator:
Charles Babbage
Description:
Section of the original Babbage difference engine.
Date:
1840-1879
Item Id Number:
96/203/1