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Visit our Facebook page to read news items, ask questions, and join discussions.

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Keep up to date on events and projects.

Instagram

Instagram
Sharing stories and behind-the-scenes activities that happen at our museum


The Commons on Flickr

The Powerhouse on Flickr
Discover images from our collection and share images with us on Flickr

Historypin

Historypin
An online, user-generated archive of historical photos, videos, audio recordings and personal recollections

YouTube

YouTube
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Google+

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foursquare

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blogs

Inside the Collection

Inside the Collection
This blog will introduce you to some of our curators, their favourite objects, and the stories behind them.

 
Photo of the Day

Photo of the Day
The Photo of the day blog features a new image each day, chosen from the Powerhouse photo library.

 
Open House

Open House
A platform for conversations about emerging technologies and changing museum practice.

 
Research Library

Research Library
The Research library blog is written by the museum reference librarian, and reveals the eclectic research requests that are received.

 
Observations

Observations
Astronomy news and discussions from the Sydney Observatory.

 
 


Mobile apps

Thinkspace AR

Thinkspace AR
Displays 3D Minecraft objects in Augmented Reality. Explore and manipulate objects, created by young people participating in creative 
digital media workshops at the Museum's Thinkspace.

 
Powerhouse Museum walking tours

Walking tours
Our history and collection explored through self-guided iPhone walking tours. The Museum has been developing a number of self-guided iPhone App walking tours.

 
Go Play – your school holiday calendar

Go Play
Go Play was an iPhone app which listed NSW Government school holiday activities. It is no longer available. School holiday events listings can now be found on our Play website and on Destination NSW. The app was created by the Powerhouse Museum and The Nest in April 2011 for Communities NSW and ran until May 2014.

 
Love Lace

Love Lace
Explore Love Lace, a contemporary art exhibition previously on display, featuring 134 artists from 20 countries. Free
iPhone app
Android app

 


podcasts

Australian monthly sky guide
Monthly highlights of the night sky for Australia.

Smart works: design and the handmade
Video documentation of the talks from the Smart works symposium are now available.

 


education

Australian designers at work

Australian designers at work
An educational resource exploring the design process. Meet six Australian designers and learn about how they work

 
Australia Innovates

Australia Innovates
An online guide to innovation in Australia's industries over the last century.

 
Bigfoot

Bigfoot
Estimates the size of your ecological footprint from your answers to 15 questions.

 
Zagora Archaeology Project 

Zagora Archaeology Project 
We participated in a real archaeological dig at Zagora (settled from 900 BCE - 700 BCE) on the Greek island of Andros from October to November 2012. Our blog has posts about the project and our time in Greece. The website includes educational information about Zagora, archaeology and history, and related online activities for children. 

 
ecotude

Eco'tude:change your school's ecological attitude
A learning resource aimed at assisting school students in measuring the environmental impact of their schools using a unique online calculator.

 
hsc technology syllabus support

HSC technology syllabus support
Case studies in design, technology and cultural diversity showcasing objects and research from the Powerhouse Museum.

 
Gambling: calculating the risk

Gambling: calculating the risk
An educational website which helps you learn about mathematics and probability, as applied to common forms of gambling.

 
Sydney designers unplugged

Sydney designers unplugged
Detailed case studies of seven industrial design groups with video interviews. A resource for students and anyone with an interest in design.

 
PotBiz: the innovation game

PotBiz: the innovation game
Learn how to be a successful innovator as you try to turn an idea for a decomposing plant pot into a profitable business.

 
Ancient Olympia digital recreation and research materials

Ancient Olympia recreation and research materials
A video virtual tour of ancient Olympia with supplementary research pdfs

 


Kids games

Operation Cogs

Operation Cogs
Games and puzzles for you to play and solve to help get Cogs fixed and back on show again.

 
Zoe's Dress-up Game

Zoe's Dress-up Game
Help Zoe get ready to go out. Explore Zoe's room and find everything she needs for her outings.

 
Discover a Powerhouse ABC!

Discover a Powerhouse ABC!
An alphabet book of Powerhouse objects - to delight your child from aeroplane to zebra.

 
Counting with Zoe and Cogs

Counting with Zoe and Cogs
Help Zoe and Cogs choose objects from the Powerhouse collection for their new exhibition.

 
Nursery rhyme skittles game

Nursery rhyme skittles game
This skittles game is based on a 19th century Victorian table game of skittles from the Powerhouse collection.

 


External projects
MME

Museum Metadata Exchange
The MME provides a finding aid for researchers and others by describing what is held in our national collection and where to go for further information. It is essentially a catalogue of collections.

 
Migration Heritage Centre

Migration Heritage Centre
Memories, personal mementos and photographs of migrating to New South Wales. View online exhibitions and mini-documentaries.

 




Collections

Search our collection

Search our collection
Search and discover objects in our vast and diverse collection.
This interactive database contains thousands of zoomable images and research into the Museum's collection, much of it made public for the first time.

 
Powerhouse Museum API

Powerhouse Museum API
The Powerhouse Museum Collection API is a set of web services to allow programmatic access to the contents of the Museum's collection.

 
Please be seated

Please be seated
A special behind the scenes tour featuring chairs from post WWII period.

 
Australian Dress Register

Australian Dress Register
Documenting significant and well provenanced men’s, women’s and children’s dress in New South Wales dating up to 1945.

 
Object Name Thesaurus

Object Name Thesaurus
Contains terms for indexing museum collection objects. The thesaurus provides a controlled vocabulary for searching for object names.

 
100 Years of Baby Names

100 Years of Baby Names
The Baby Names Explorer is a fun way to browse through more than a century of the top 1200 baby names in NSW.

 
D*Hub

D*Hub
A gateway to the worlds best design collections and online magazine with news, interviews, opinions and ideas.

 
swatchbook

Electronic swatchbook
Browse fashionable fabric designs ranging from the 1830s to the 1920s, and use them freely in your own creations.

 
Hedda Morrison photographic collection

Hedda Morrison photographic collection
The Hedda Morrison collection comprises exhibition prints, personal papers and objects from China, Sarawak and Australia

 
Historical letters from Sydney Observatory

Historical letters from Sydney Observatory
Delve into the remarkable history of Sydney Observatory - meet the characters and glimpse the beginnings of scientific study in NSW.

 
Remembering Rowe St

Remembering Rowe St
Explore the history and stories behind Rowe St, which for over a century, was a hub of creativity in Sydney.
(flash required)

 
Tyrrell photographic collection

Tyrrell photographic collection
Glass plate negatives from the studios of Charles Kerry and Henry King who led two of Sydney's principal photographic studios in the late 1800s and early 1900s.

 
Sydney 2000 Games Collection

Sydney 2000 Games Collection
A database of objects related to the Sydney 2000 Olympic and Paralympic Games. Also includes interviews with designers and zoomable panoramas.

 
The rags: paraphernalia of menstruation

The rags: paraphernalia of menstruation
Follow the development and advertising of menstrual products, from sanitary towels to pain relievers, with examples of ‘facts of life' booklets for girls.