Powerhouse reopening update

We are excited to be welcoming you back to the Powerhouse Museum, Sydney Observatory and Museums Discovery. Free timed-entry tickets and physical distancing are among the measures we’re implementing in line with the NSW Government’s health guidelines to keep visitors safe during COVID-19.

The 22nd Biennale of Sydney exhibition Ramin Haerizadeh, Rokni Haerizadeh and Hesam Rahmanian: I Prefer Talking to Doctors About Something Else, and Linear, an exhibition which explores the significance of line and lineage within Indigenous narratives and practices, will open from 1 June 2020. The Boulton and Watt Engine, Locomotive No. 1, the Strasburg Clock and the Touring Hall will also be open to visitors.

From 1 June 2020, the heritage core of the Powerhouse Museum will be closed, and the Museum will be offering bookable curator talks and small group sessions exploring the Powerhouse’s Transport, Steam Revolution and Space Galleries before the final closure of the heritage core on 30 June 2020. This program will provide visitors with a behind-the-scenes experience of the Powerhouse collection.

At the Sydney Observatory visitors can access the Observatory grounds and building and view the new Sydney Harbour Bridge and Sydney Opera House displays, as well as witnessing the dropping of the Time Ball at 1pm each day. Night tours at the Sydney Observatory will remain suspended until restrictions ease.

The Museums Discovery Centre will continue to be open free each weekend where visitors can discover historical transport, household and local architecture models, as part of hundreds of objects on display from State museums’ collections.

To help plan your visit, please find more information here about the measures we’ve put in place to keep everyone safe.

If you would like to make a reservation for an upcoming visit, please book online: