Powerhouse Museum (MAAS)
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Powerhouse Museum (MAAS)
The Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences (MAAS) is Australia’s contemporary museum for excellence and innovation in applied arts and sciences. Established in 1879, its venues include Powerhouse Museum, Sydney Observatory and Museums Discovery Centre. It is uniquely placed to demonstrate how technology, engineering, science and design impact Australia and the world.

Internationally, MAAS is acknowledged for the calibre of our collection, scholarship and exhibitions. Its collection spans history, science, technology, design, industry, decorative arts, music, transport and space exploration. It is also home to the material heritage and stories of Australian culture, history and lifestyle, providing a comprehensive insight into this rich and diverse country. There is estimated to be well over 500,000 separate items in the MAAS collection.

A program of temporary exhibitions and programs complements a range of permanent galleries throughout MAAS venues. It places a strong emphasis on learning and creativity.



You can access all the main levels of the Powerhouse Museum via ramps and an elevator. For visitors using manual wheelchairs, the elevator is recommended.

Wheelchairs can be borrowed at no charge from the cloaking desk in the main entrance foyer.

Toilets designed for disabled access are provided in each of the toilet blocks. There are toilets on levels 1, 2 and 4 and in the Courtyard.

Accessible parking

To enquire about accessible parking onsite, click here.

Getting There

The Powerhouse Museum is close to Darling Harbour, Chinatown, Central Station, Broadway bus station (Railway Square), and Exhibition Centre Sydney Light Rail Station.

The Goods Line
 provides an accessible pedestrian route from Central Station, past the iconic Dr Chau Chak Wing Building designed by Frank Gehry. The Goods Line is a 500m walk along flat terrain starting from the Devonshire Street Tunnel at Central Station’s Southern Concourse. For additional information including pictures, view this walking guide.

The 501 bus stops directly outside the Museum.

02 9217 0111

500 Harris Street, Ultimo, NSW, 2007

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