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Powerhouse Museum

Powerhouse Museum Street View

Why go there

The Powerhouse Museum is in Darling Harbour, Sydney. Its diverse collection, built up over 125 years, offers a fascinating and changing collection that spans Australia's social history, science and technology, design and decorative arts, transport and space exploration.

Located in a historic building that was once Ultimo Powerhouse, this popular museum showcases the best of human ingenuity. Changing exhibitions range from current fashions and cutting-edge design to photographic competitions, indigenous stories, school holiday programs and more.

Don't miss

  • Guided tours of the museum and special exhibitions which can be tailored to your needs.
  • Auslan-interpreted programs for the Deaf community and programs such as descriptive touch tours for visitors with vision impairment.
  • Special exhibitions that change regularly.

Access for all

Access Summary

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The museum offers a range of facilities and services for people with disabilities. More detailed information is available on the Museum's Access Page.

Getting around

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The Powerhouse is spread over four levels. Main entry is via automatic doors from a large, paved courtyard from Harris Street. Carpeted ramps access all levels but they are approximately 30 meters long at a grade of about 8% (1:12.5). A lift also provides access to all exhibition spaces. The lifts are recommended for manual wheelchair users.

Ramped entry from Harris Street

Ramped entry from Harris Street
Photo: Patty Mazza

Ramps connect all four museum levels

Ramps connect all four museum levels

Collect a free museum map from the admissions counter at the main entry. Wheelchairs are available for borrowing at no charge from the cloaking desk. Visitors using a wheelchair can get supervised lift access to the Kings Cinema by booking in advance on +61 2 9217 0222.

Accessible toilets are provided in each of the toilet blocks on Levels 1, 2 and 4. An additional accessible toilet (and baby change) is accessed from the courtyard, adjacent to the café. On Level 1, two access toilets are side by side, one for a left-hand transfer, the other for a right-hand transfer.

Tours and programs

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Auslan-interpreted guided tours can be booked in advance. It is important to give a couple of days notice to ensure availability of the service. Other tours can be tailored to specific needs with advance notice.

Services for people with hearing impairment are available throughout the museum. In the Coles Theatre, wheelchair seating is at the front and an induction loop has been provided. In the Target Theatre, wheelchair seating is at the rear and an induction loop has been installed.

Thinkspace, a creative digital media workshop, runs The Sound House Special Access Kit sessions for people with a disability, using technology to open up age appropriate participatory musical experiences. Singing, dancing, playing and recording on a variety of instruments are part of the fun and energetic group music sessions. Sessions are limited to 10 people per hour. For more details on cost, contact Thinkspace on +61 2 9217 0392 or thinkspace@phm.gov.au

Eating out

  • Santos Coffee Bars are located in the courtyard and on Level 3, with level access. You can enjoy gourmet sandwiches, wraps and salads.
  • Nearby Harbourside has many dining options from seafood to pizza. Chinatown is also close to the Powerhouse.

How to get there

The Powerhouse Museum is located at the south - west corner of Darling Harbour on Harris Street. It takes about 20 minutes to stroll from Darling Harbour Visitors Centre (DHVC) to the museum. Access from the city is across Pyrmont Bridge from Market Street or from Druitt Street to the DHVC, still a significant distance to the museum. The best options are the monorail to Paddy's Market monorail station or park in the Entertainment Centre car park. A walkway (mostly covered) joins that car park (Levels 3A and 3B) and the monorail station with the Powerhouse Museum forecourt. There are no stairs, but the walk is quite steep in sections and takes about five minutes. Take care when approaching Harris Street as there are steps down to Harris Street. Visitors should turn right before the steps to use a ramp to Harris Street.

Access to Harris Street from the walkway followed by four steps

Access to Harris Street from the walkway
Photo: Patty Mazza

Public transport

Accessible public transport options include 501 bus from Town Hall. light rail to Paddy's Market station or monorail to Paddy's Market station.

Parking

Two dedicated accessible parking spaces are available at the museum but must be booked two days in advance on +61 2 9217 0505.

Dedicated access parking is available at Harbourside Carpark, Murray Street, Darling Harbour. Validate your parking ticket at the museum foyer ticket desk for discounted parking. A walkway (mostly covered) joins the Entertainment Centre car park on levels 3A and 3B and the Powerhouse Museum Monorail Station to the Powerhouse entry forecourt. There are no stairs, but the walk is quite steep and long. Exercise care when approaching Harris Street.

Map

Powerhouse Museum Street View

Powerhouse Museum from Harris Street
Image: Patty Mazza

Contact Details

Address:
500 Harris St
Ultimo NSW 2007

Phone:
+ 61 2 9217 0111

Email:
edserv@phm.gov.au

TTY:
+61 2 9217 0136

Websites:

www.powerhousemuseum.com
(www.powerhousemuseum.com)

Opening hours

10am to 5pm daily except 25 December. Open 9:30am on NSW public school holidays.

Price

Charges apply for entry to the main museum and may apply to special exhibitions. The museum accepts the Carer Companion Card.

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