The first thing your eyes may notice when you enter is a large foyer with ceilings that seem mile high and a large locomotive sits right in the middle of it all.
This steam locomotive is known as Locomotive No.1 and it hauled NSW's first train in 1855 from Sydney to Parramatta. It was built in England by Robert Stephenson & Co, Newcastle On-Tyne and is one of the very few locomotives left since almost all locomotives were scrapped. Locomotive No.1 has been in possession of the museum for 120 years.
A model of a Farming Family inside a Second Class carriage.
Between 1887 and 1889, Richard Bartholomew Smith built a model of a famous clock in Strasbourg, France. But Richard never went to Strasburg to see the clock. In fact, he claimed that he based his design on an image he saw on postcards and in a book.
See the Engineering Excellence exhibit and have a look at some of the innovative engineering projects produced in Australia during last year.
A Model of the Computer Aided Rover Management project.
The Computer Aided River Management project won the Bradfield Award this year where a panel of industry practitioners and academics dubbed it as the most outstanding project. In this project, Computers control water flow along the Murrumbidgee River which will significantly improve services for everyone in a region that was affected by drought.
And see the V30 Touchlook which is a biometric finger scanner and glance at a range of other engineering projects such as a astronomy satellite project, a cordless wi-fi camera and scopes.
This exhibition lasts until the 11th of January 2015.
What's in Store
Once you travel down the escalators to Level Two, you will see the 'What's In Store' section. Learn about Australia's retail history between 1880- 1930 and examine collections of advertising and items that were on display during this period.
This exhibition is divided into three sections;
Selling In A Modern World- Learn about the rise of the department store and the impact of advertising on buyers in the late 19th century. For example, Bushell's Tea advertisements dominated Australian culture at the time.
The wagon in the picture above belongs to Sat & Amelia Wong and was used to pick up goods from Goulburn and travel the two day journey back to their store in Crookwell (50km North-West of Goulburn). It was also used to make deliveries to nearby properties.
The Wong Family- Learn more about the Wong Family story. Sat and Amelia Wong migrated to Australia for the gold rush. Later, they opened the general store and traded with nearby farming families.
An example of this can be seen in the display of a replica of the Robot B-9 from Lost In Space. On the show, B-9 was a processor but it also became a friend to the rest of the human cast. It's one of the first instances that a robot was portrayed as having a personality similar to a human.
Life on Mars
A exhibit on Mars is located next to Cyberworlds on the first floor. See why there might have been life on Mars early in its history.
Visit an 'Ecohouse' and learn how how each decision made by humans is affecting the environment. A simulator and a ecological footprint game will suggest how we can lower the amount of energy that we use.
Interactive I-Pad games also test how much you would know about a city's water cycle.
And discover why scientists predict a warmer Earth in the near future with wild weather, more acidic oceans and rising water levels.
See how things can be recycled and reused for the future such as the rushed car in the image above. This car is being melted and reused to make reinforcing rods for the building industry.
Once you step out into the Transport exhibit, it looks like you're in a giant toy factory. Large planes hang overhead including The Catalina (which flew the first flight from Australia to South America) and the First Flying Doctor Service Plane.
A mock-up platform with the Governor's Carriage on the left and Steam Locomotive No. 1243 on the right.
Life-size trains sit idly by at a mock-up railway platform: The Steam Locomotive No. 1243 (which is the oldest contractor built locomotive in Australia and served for 87 years) and the Governor of NSW's railway carriage (which was used in the 1880's).
Looming over everything is the giant Central Station Destination Board which was used in 1937. It displayed all station names, platform numbers and departure times for trains that travelled out to Country NSW.
A Horse Bus is also on display which was the first reliable form of public transport/ It appeared in the 1860s on the streets of Sydney. And see a 1913 Sheffield Simplex car: there are only eight of these vehicles left in the world.
Once you move behind the Central Station Destination Board, you arrive in the Space exhibition. In 'The Space Lab', two Australian astronauts (Dr Andy Thomas and his wife) walk you through a visit to the International Space Station shown. Find out what's it like to live, sleep and eat in a environment where you don't have weight and see how astronauts use the bathroom in weightless conditions.
And that's just the tip of the iceberg! There are plenty more interactive displays that you can try if you choose to visit this exhibition.
Hear about the world of nuclear science, medicine and nuclear power. Nuclear technology is used for medical diagnosis and for treating cancer. It's also used to determine the material structures for generating power.
Understand how light works and how colours appear when sunlight passes through a glass prism according to Sir Issac Newton.
The Powerhouse Museum Cafe
Once you have finished exploring the museum, come and grab a coffee or a bite from the Cafe. For more information, read Wendy's WEN article.
Adult- $12 Children (From 4-15 years)- $6 Children under Four- Free Family (1 adult & up to 3 children, or 2 adults and up to 2 children)- $30 Pensioners, Seniors & Concessions- $8 Student card holders- $8
Parking and Transport
Street Parking is limited on adjacent streets around the Powerhouse Museum and it is metered.
If you can't find a spot, park your car at the Sydney Entertainment Centre. Prices for Secure Parking are as follows;
1-2 Hours- $23 2-3 Hours- $29 3 Hours- $36 Early Bird Rate (Monday-Friday where you enter between 6:30 am and 9 am and exit between 3 pm and 7 pm)- $14
Other carparks nearby include the Harbourside Car Park and the Convention Centre Car Park.