The steam revolution

The steam revolution

Merry-go-round (Barrel organ & Savage steam engine)Merry-go-round
The Powerhouse Museum commissioned this ‘merry-go-round’ and reproduction galloping horses for the Fun at the fair display in The steam revolution exhibition. A Wurlitzer barrel organ style 18 (also known as style 3535) with 27 pipes and 13 horns is included in the display.

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For more than 200 hundred years, steam did almost everything ... pumped water, drove factories, and powered ships across oceans and ploughs through fields. Steam turbines still provide 90% of our electricity.

The steam revolution shows how steam touched the lives of millions.

Twelve working steam engines, 'hands-on' displays, old boilers, videos and much more show how steam engines developed, what they did and how they changed the world.

Education materials
pdf icon Teaching and Learning Resources
pdf icon Teachers notes

Powerhouse publications
linkTreasures of the Powerhouse