Coming soon to the Powerhouse Museum


Interface: people, machines, design
opens 16 August 2014

This exhibition examines how design has been applied to information technology products; and about how a handful of companies made complicated technology appealing and easy to use. It is also about the visionaries who started some of the great consumer product companies of the 20th century and how the designers and engineers they hired found a means of imparting their ideals into the products they designed. more..

2+7 telephone, designed by Marcello Nizzoli, made by SAFNAT, Italy, 1958 Purchased 2005. 2005/91/1



Re-Collect: Cars  Auto Obsession 
Opens 9 August 2014

 The Powerhouse Museum will for the first time showcase its extraordinary car collection in this new display, part of our Re-Collect project to ensure greater public access to the Museum's rich collection. Featuring over 25 restored and original historic cars, Auto Obsession comprises a curious, eclectic and fascinating collection from luxury tourers and family sedans to racing and sports cars. 

From iconic cars such as the 1916 Model T Ford and 1955 FJ Holden, to the lesser-known, but strikingly quirky, 1964 Lightburn Zeta runabout and a 1971 Nota Fang IV prototype sports car. Others include the popular 1959 Goggomobil Dart, plus a rare 1913 luxury Sheffield Simplex tourer, and the 1965 Rolls-Royce Phantom V, used between 1966 and 1981 by the NSW Governor, Sir Roden Cutler.  more..



2014 Good Design Awards 
opens 16 August 2014

See a selection of innovative products from the entries of the 2014 Good Design Awards, those displayed, are chosen for their outstanding design, innovation and significance to Australia’s material culture . 



A fine possession: jewellery and identity
opens 20 September

A fine possession: jewellery and identity will celebrate the central place of jewellery in our lives from antiquity to the present-day through over 700 iconic and rarely seen objects.

Neckpiece 'Red Drop', stained wood, Liv Blåvarp, Norway, 2012. 2013/1/1