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MEET THE CURATORS WHO BRING OUR COLLECTION TO LIFE
Join us to celebrate 25 years since the Powerhouse Museum first opened its doors at 500 Harris St, Ultimo. Join a workshop, book a tour of our basement, see a science show, plus meet our mascots Zoe and Cogs and much more! 

All activities will be held on both Saturday 9 and Sunday 10 March unless otherwise stated.

TOURS | TALKS & SHOWS | DEMONSTRATIONS | MEET OUR EXPERTS | WORKSHOPS | EXHIBITIONS & DISPLAYS | SPECIAL OFFERS

 

TOURS

Basement tour: In the fashion vault
11am
Ages 12+
$30 adult, $26 Powerhouse member / student / per person in group of 8+
Book now
Discover how costumes and accessories – ranging from 18th century gowns to 21st century garments – are preserved and stored, in this tour of the Museum’s basement led by conservator Suzanne Chee.

Basement tour: In the fashion vault 

Basement tour: Bootilicious
1pm
Ages 12+
$30 adult, $26 Powerhouse member / student / per person in group of 8+
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Join curator Lindie Ward on this quirky tour of the collection as she shows you shoes worn by strippers, signed by legends, decorated by artists and worn by ordinary people doing extraordinary things – from the tiny shoes made for Chinese women’s bound feet to the towering platforms of an Australian glam rocker.

Basement tour: Medical and scientific curios
3pm
Ages 12+
$30 adult, $26 Powerhouse member / student / per person in group of 8+
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Take an exclusive peek at the extraordinary depth and breadth of the Museum’s science and technology collection in storage. This tour with curator Matthew Connell will explore the treasure trove of medical, scientific and technological instruments, objects and curios in the collection.

Museum highlight tour
11am and 1pm
Register and meet near cloaking desk, Level 3
Free with Museum admission
Take a guided tour and discover the highlights of the Powerhouse Museum with one of our expert volunteers (45 mins).

TALKS & SHOWS

A Very Long Memory: A tale of one elephant
10.30am, 1.30pm,
All ages
Level 2
Free with Museum admission
In this storytelling session, our volunteers take a humorous look at the history of the Powerhouse Museum through the eyes of one of the Museum’s much loved objects – ‘the graphite elephant’. Where did it come from? What did it do for fun after the International Exhibition? Did it really survive the fire of the Garden Palace? Help create the story and watch it come to life in a fun animation at the end.

The Super Silly Slime Show
11am and 2pm
Ages 5+
Level 1
Free with Museum admission
One-eyed Jack used to be a famous pirate but now he is lonely skull sitting on a desk in desperate need for a make-over. How do you make a pirate skull look pretty? With Slime of course! In this fun-filled interactive show full of slime, fizz and more slime help give One-eyed Jack the make-over look that only kids could love!

The Super Silly Slime Show

The Triton Adventure Show
12pm and 3pm
Ages 5+
Level 1
Free with Museum admission
In the near distant future, the inhabitants on Earth are desperate for a new home. Join the space-colonisation scientists on the S.S. Powerhouse for an adventure to Neptune’s largest Moon, Triton. Can we set up a space colony on this super cold world or should we continue on to Pluto? Plus… what happened to robot PHM9 when he beamed back from the surface of Triton? Help solve this mystery with super cold liquid nitrogen!

Museum Story
11.30am and 2.30pm 
All ages
Level 2, Kings Cinema
An illustrated lecture tracing the history of the Museum from its origins in 1879 to the present day.

Space Robotics and STEM Education
2.30pm – 3pm
Ages 16+
Level 2, Target theatre
Free with Museum admission
Hear a talk from university staff and students on the space robotics project developed at the University of Sydney’s Australian Centre for Field Robotics (ACFR). The main aim of these robotics projects is to establish a project and problem-based teaching and learning environment for secondary students to encourage them to perform hands-on activities to boost their education and promote Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education.

DEMONSTRATIONS

Strasburg Clock
6 minutes to the hour, 10am – 4pm
All ages
Level 3
Free with Museum admission
See the intricate mechanics of our wonderful Strasburg Clock model come to life, including the procession of the Apostles, a crowing rooster and a delightful cherub turning a sandglass.

Boulton & Watt engine
11.15am – 11.45am, 12.15pm – 12.45pm, 2.15pm – 2.45pm
All ages
Level 3
Free with Museum admission
Find out how the world’s oldest rotative engine running on steam and find out how it works. Our Volunteers and Engine Drivers will be on hand to demonstrate this remarkable object, made by Matthew Boulton and James Watt in 1785, and tell its story.

Grand Piano recitals
1pm – 4pm
All ages
Level 1
Free with Museum admission
This is your chance to listen to the Museum’s working music collection including the Stuart Piano. Played by our wonderful (and talented) volunteers.

Zapped!
1pm and 4pm
Ages 5+
Level 1
Free with Museum admission
Spark your curiosity with an interactive exploration into electricity – both static and current – and how it is made. Witness some home-made lightning and watch as we make hair stand on end using the Van de Graff electrostatic generator.

Marvellous machines touch trolley
10am –12pm, 1pm – 3pm
All ages
Level 3
Free with Museum admission
Discover some of the technologies that led to worldwide industrial development: improvements in iron smelting; the use of coal to raise steam; the use of steam to produce motive power; and the application of clever mechanisms to deliver that power.

Steam touch trolley
10am –12pm, 1pm – 3pm
All ages
Level 2
Free with Museum admission
See a delightful working model boiler and steam engine, demonstrating the use of fuel to raise steam and run an engine.

Moving images touch trolley
10am –12pm, 1pm – 3pm
All ages
Level 2
Free with Museum admission
Discover objects that create moving images. From early toys to stereoscopes which create three dimensional images to cameras. Learn how the movie camera differs from the still camera and achieves the illusion of movement.

Good Vibrations touch trolley
10am –12pm, 1pm – 3pm
All ages
Level 1
Free with Museum admission
Do you know how sound is created? See how musical instruments are designed to utilise and enhance vibration, and make music of your own using our percussion instruments. 

The Rocket touch trolley
10am –12pm, 1pm – 3pm
All ages
Level 3
Free with Museum admission
Astronauts of all ages needed! Come along and be part of the crew to send a rocket into space and discover all about satellites in this fun hands-on demonstration.

Mars Rover touch trolley
10am –12pm, 1pm – 3pm
All ages
Level 1
Free with Museum admission

Led by one of the Museum’s volunteer enthusiasts, learn more about the rovers being used to explore Mars using small radio-controlled replica models. 

Ecologic touch trolley
10am –12pm, 1pm – 3pm
All ages
Level 3
Free with Museum admission
With the guidance of our expert volunteers you can delve deeper into exhibition themes such as recycling and solar energy.

Interactive Demonstration: Thinker1
10am – 3pm
All ages
Level 2
Free with Museum admission
Thinker1 is a portable electronics lab: a perfect entry point into creative electronics. Based on the open-source Arduino system, the Thinker1prototyping board is a platform for inventing, experimentation and the building of all kinds of imaginative projects. Featuring an 'on board' set of controllers (e.g. switches, potentiometers and sensors) and output devices (e.g. lights, buzzers), the Thinker1 is infinitely configurable and programmed using the free Arduino programming language. Thinkspace will present interactive demonstrations of the Thinker1 and the supporting learning materials.

Steam Drivers in Action
10am – 11am, 12pm – 1pm, 1.30pm – 2pm
All ages
Level 2
Free with Museum admission
This weekend our steam engines come alive! An engine driver will be on hand to attend to the engines and discuss them with you. And yes, the engines are run on steam and not compressed air.

Life on Mars
10am – 4pm
All ages
Level 1
Free with Museum admission
Researchers from the University of Sydney and the University of New South Wales explain the latest in robotic development and astrobiology in the search for life on Mars.

Talk to a curator

Gaming the Powerhouse with Minecraft

MEET OUR EXPERTS

Talk to a curator
10am – 4pm
All ages
Levels 1 and 2
Free with Museum admission
This is your chance to ‘pick the brains’ of a curator. Powerhouse Museum curators will be on hand to share their favourite parts of the collection – from fashion, photography and architectural models to musical instruments and scientific tools, you will get a chance to get up close to some of the most interesting, intriguing and often bizarre items in the Museum’s collection.

Caring for our collection
10am – 4pm
All ages
Level 1
Free with Museum admission
Meet the Museum’s conservators and registrars and learn how they care for our many precious museum objects. This includes preserving, treating, cataloguing, object numbering, maintaining digital databases, and travelling all manner of objects around Australia and the world.

Lace Luvvies
10.30am – 12pm
All ages
Level 2
Free with Museum admission
View different styles of lace from all over the world and find out more from the volunteer lace enthusiasts. You will have access to over 300 of the most significant examples of handmade lace in the Powerhouse Museum’s collection including fine handmade lace from the late 1500s to more recent machine-made pieces.

Meet Zoe & Cogs
10am – 4pm
All ages
Throughout the Museum
Free with Museum admission
Meet the Museum’s mascots! Zoe is a curious girl with a big imagination and she loves to visit the Museum and play with her best friend Cogs. Cogs is a problem solving robot who lives in the Museum and is always learning new things about objects.

cogs

Krispin K tours
10am – 4pm
All ages
Throughout the Museum – and careful because he will find YOU!
Free with Museum admission
Don't be surprised if you find yourself on a mini design tour with our very own resident design aficionado, international trend forecaster and fashion guru, Krispin K. After years touring the globe for the best of design, he’s back in Australia ready to poke around the Museum’s collection and your wardrobe for examples of design excellence! 

Krispin K tours

Australian Dress Register
10am – 4pm
All ages
Level 2
Free with Museum admission
Discover more about the Australian Dress Register, a collaborative, online project about dress in New South Wales pre-1945. Museums and private collectors are encouraged to research their garments and share the stories and photographs while the information is still available and within living memory. 

WORKSHOPS

Gaming the Powerhouse with Minecraft
10.30am, 11.30am, 1pm, 2pm, 3pm
Ages 7–14
$10 child, $8 Powerhouse member child
Book now
Join us to build the future Powerhouse Museum inside Minecraft (45mins).

Gaming the Powerhouse with Scratch

Gaming the Powerhouse with Scratch
10.30am, 11.30am, 1pm, 2pm, 3pm
Ages 7–14
$10 child, $8 Powerhouse member child
Book now
Book a workshop and learn how to make animations and video games using Scratch, MIT's free visual programming software for kids (45mins).

Play at Powerhouse
10.30am – 12pm, 1pm – 3pm
Ages 5+
Level 2
Free with Museum admission
Sample one of the many make and do activities you can find online at play.powerhousemuseum.com as well as play some of our online games.

EXHIBITIONS & DISPLAYS

NEW! Upcycled
This display of contemporary and historical objects drawn from the Museum’s collection embodies the philosophy of upcycling, or breathing new life into existing objects. Highlights include a 1905 Cadillac converted to a 'ute'; a 1910 chair made from cotton reels, fencing wire and garden stakes; a 1930s bush pantry and a surprising selection of contemporary designs which takes upcycling into new contexts.

NEW! Technologies that changed our mind
This small display looks at some of the technologies that fundamentally changed our concept of who we are and our place in the universe. As humans, we are able to design technologies to solve our problems, but often the new machines influence us in unexpected ways. Discover some of the technologies in the Museum’s collection that have changed human consciousness and redefined who we understand ourselves to be – from the telescope to the printing press, clock and more.

Wallace & Gromit's World of Invention
Step into the home of Wallace & Gromit and interact with their incredible inventions. Concoct smoothie recipes with the Blend-o-matic, discover the mechanics behind the Tellyscope II and learn the value of trial and error with the chocolate teapot. See smashing ideas from Aussie inventors, like an implant that helps people hear, software for making Wallace & Gromit movies, and a truly amazing contraption, a mousetrap-making machine. Plus, find ways to create your own brilliant ideas and how to protect them. Book now

DesignTECH
See the work of the state's most talented young design students. This annual exhibition from the Board of Studies NSW and the NSW Department of Education and Training showcases outstanding major design projects by 2012 Higher School Certificate students.
  
Access to Life
A powerful photographic exhibition created by Magnum Photos in partnership with The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, for World AIDS Day 2012 (1 December) and co-inciding with 30 years since the first case of HIV in Australia.  More than 250 photographs capture the moving stories of people with HIV and AIDS before and four months after receiving the antiretroviral treatment.  A series of new photos from Papua New Guinea will be added to the exhibition, joining case studies from Russia, Swaziland, India, Haiti, Vietnam, Mali, South Africa and Peru.

Faith, fashion, fusion: Muslim women’s style in Australia
Faith, fashion, fusion explores Sydney’s emerging modest fashion market and the work of a new generation of fashion designers, retailers and bloggers offering stylish clothing and fashion advice to Muslim women. Faith, fashion and Muslim identity are explored through the experiences and achievements of a group of Australian Muslim women. Their stories reflect on the diversity of the Muslim community and the importance of the Muslim faith in all aspects of their lives

Love Lace: Powerhouse Museum International Lace Award
A major international exhibition of 130 spectacular designs by artists from 20 countries around the globe, finalists of the Powerhouse Museum International Lace Award launched. The exhibition showcases a range of contemporary lace works, featuring a variety of extraordinary materials from delicate filigree jewellery to grand steel designs.

The Wiggles exhibition
Discover the world of The Wiggles. Find out more about your favourite band members and their friends through colourful displays and a range of fun interactives.

Engineering Excellence
Each year, the Sydney Division of Engineers Australia conducts an awards program to showcase outstanding engineering projects. Be inspired by a selection from this year's awards.

SPECIAL OFFERS

Become a member: $99 until May 2014

Join online now and enjoy free entry all weekend, and every day until 31 May 2014!

Book sale in new Powerhouse shop 
Over 300 titles reduced! Selected books priced from $2 – $50. Sale starts Friday 8 March 2013 for a limited time.
No holds and no further discounts, excludes Powerhouse Museum Publishing titles.