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500 Harris St, Ultimo, Sydney, NSW, Australia
  • What I like much about this museum are three points
  • Unfortunately there are also some weaknesses I noticed


    • by Pusaka

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      This museum utilizes a building used to be the power house for the city trams. It consists of three levels, one ground floor and two levels underneath. The main displays are a steam engine, a locomotive, other mechanical transport systems, and electronic-based components and systems used to explain the working principle of various machines.

      What I like much about this museum are three points. The first, it has very impressive displays; a simple


      item such as a pumping machine can be made into a sophisticated and interactive game. Secondly, it still maintains old items such as a directional sign for railways as well as a horse-drawn carriage. The third, modern electronic displays such as an “electronic consultant” whom/where you can get certain information from.

      Unfortunately there are also some weaknesses I noticed. The first is the collection of lace which has no relationship whatsoever with power, mechanical or electronic device, or technical system in general, but occupies a huge floor space of the museum. The second, some displays emit loud faked human voice so I could hardly catch another faked human voice from the next display (such as that from “electronic consultants”). The third, there is no arrangement of flow of visitors which can cause them to miss some displays especially on a part of the lowest storey ...


      • Power House Museum, Sydney, Australia
      which is crowded with small and medium scale items.

      Overall this museum is a must visited place for children and technical students. Please allow two to three hours to explore the museum and mind that they close at 5 pm. The admission fee which is 12 Australian dollars (13.20 USD) per person is higher than that explained in their website which was only 10 dollars (USD 11). They should revise the content of

      the website accordingly. There is no public transportation to get to this place. The nearest railway station is Central and I had to go on foot for 20 to 25 minutes to Power House Museum. Alternatively, visitors can take the tram from Central and alight at Paddy’s Market, and walk for 10 to 15 minutes to the museum. I did not do the later because I wanted to do some window shopping along the way.




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