Powerhouse reopening update

We are excited to be welcoming you back to the Powerhouse Museum, Sydney Observatory and Museums Discovery Centre. 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, is open until 1 September 2020. The Boulton and Watt Engine, Locomotive No. 1 and the Strasburg Clock are also open to visitors. From 25 July – 11 October 2020, you can explore the new exhibition Maton: Australia’s Guitarthe largest retrospective of Australia’s leading guitar manufacturer.

We are also extending access to our popular Heritage Core tours, giving the public the chance to visit the inspiring Collection until the end of 2020. The tours provide a behind the scenes experience including bookable curator talks and small group sessions exploring the Powerhouse’s Transport, Steam Revolution and Space Galleries.

The stunning exhibition Linear, which explores the significance of line and lineage within Indigenous narratives and practices, has also been extended until the end of 2020.

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:

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


Tickets for sessions during August will be available to book online from mid-July.