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Discover the wonders and processes of the world around you at the Powerhouse Museum. This scientific institution in downtown offers excellent interactive exhibitions, unique antiques from around the world and access to the Sydney Observatory.
Start your visit with an enlightening guided tour of the museum’s intriguing exhibits. Knowledgeable staff will give you a working demonstration of the steam engine. Hear the ancient foto player, an entirely mechanical musical machine, as it plays the soundtrack to a silent film. Take the opportunity to visit the impressive Strasburg clock that has kept the museum on time for over 100 years and enjoy its hourly Australia-themed chimes.
Spend a few entertaining hours exploring interactive light and color shows and playing with fruit and vegetables at the digital Magic Garden. Children of all ages will love learning about the lives and equipment of astronauts and the feeling of weightlessness in the Space Lab. Take a break and let the kids run wild at the playground on level 1 while you enjoy lunch at the courtyard café.
Try one of the museum’s hands-on workshops. Learn with the kids in a variety of educational classes, or attend one of the more in-depth interactive talks for adults.
Book tours for a small fee at the cloak room on level 3. Tours take around 45 minutes. The museum is open every day, except December 25. Children under 16 enter for half price and those under four for free.
For a night activity, visit the Sydney Observatory near Circular Quay. The observatory is part of the Powerhouse, and see movies that explore the sky and learn about the movement of planets and constellations in its huge planetarium. Visit in the early evenings for a viewing of the real night sky through the observatory’s powerful telescope.
The Powerhouse Museum is located next to downtown Sydney. Parking is available along Darling Drive for a fee. Catch the ferry to Circular Quay or a train to Central Station and walk.
This apartment building is located in Pyrmont (Darling Harbour), close to International Convention Centre Sydney, Harbourside, and Chinese Garden of Friendship. Also nearby are Australian National Maritime Museum and Chinatown Night Market.
This family-friendly Sydney hotel is located in the historical district, just steps from Circular Quay and Museum of Contemporary Art. The Rocks Markets and Sydney Opera House are also within 15 minutes. Sydney Circular Quay Station is only a 3-minute walk and Wynyard Station is 7 minutes.
Located in Sydney Central Business District, this luxury apartment building is within a 5-minute walk of Sydney Town Hall and The Galeries. Chinatown Night Market and Capitol Theatre are also within 10 minutes. Town Hall Station is only a 3-minute walk and Museum Station is 6 minutes.
Located in Darling Harbour, this luxury hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Harbourside and Australian National Maritime Museum. Sydney Lyric Theatre and Wild Life Sydney Zoo are also within 10 minutes. Convention Light Rail Station and Pyrmont Bay Light Rail Station are within a 5-minute walk.
This apartment building is located in Haymarket (Sydney Central Business District), close to Paddy's Market, Hyde Park, and Queen Victoria Building. Also nearby are University of Technology Sydney and Circular Quay.
This apartment building is located in Darlinghurst (Sydney Central Business District), close to Australian Museum, Hyde Park, and Queen Victoria Building. Also nearby are Sydney Tower and Paddy's Market.
Located in Darling Harbour, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Chinese Garden of Friendship and Capitol Theatre. SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium and Circular Quay are also within 2 mi (3 km). Paddy's Markets Light Rail Station is 5 minutes by foot and Capitol Square Light Rail Station is 6 minutes.
This family-friendly Chippendale hotel is located near the airport, within a 5-minute walk of University of Technology Sydney and Ultimo College. Paddy's Market and Capitol Theatre are also within 10 minutes. Central Light Rail Station is 7 minutes by foot and Capitol Square Light Rail Station is 7 minutes.