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.

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



Auto Obsession - Visible Collection Storage
opens 9 August 2014

Auto Obsession - Visible Collection Storage is dedicated to the celebration, conservation and display of the Museum's extensive collection of automobiles. It presents glimpses of Australia's rich automotive manufacturing history to general and specialist motoring audiences.

Auto Obsession - Visible Collection Storage is part of the Museum's initiative to bring to light parts of its collection that have never before been publically displayed. The vehicles date from 1905, almost the beginning of motoring history in this country, to 1975 when the global oil crisis caused a major rethink in design. More than a third of the cars were made in Australia, reminding us of our once vibrant automotive industry. They include the iconic FJ Holden, Chrysler Valiant, Leyland P76, Leyland Mini K, and lesser known Lightburn Zeta and Australian Six of 1923.

Other cars, such as Dick Smith's EH Holden Variety Club "Bash" car and the Governor's 1965 Rolls-Royce, have been selected for their extraordinary stories and notable occupants.

Some of the cars are in complete original condition, providing a rare insight into their engines, component parts and materials. This aspect will be of enormous interest to car enthusiasts.



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 .