The Powerhouse Museum, also known as Powerhouse Ultimo is a contemporary museum in the heart of Sydney with a focus on arts, science, innovation and design.
It houses a diverse and impressive collection of more than 500,000 items that have been curated over 125 years. The current collection spans Australia's social history, science and technology, design and decorative arts, transport and space exploration.
The museum has sat on the Ultimo site since 1988, in a converted electric tram power station first built in 1902. A Powerhouse Ultimo Renewal is currently underway which will eventually see the museum focus on design and fashion.
Currently, the museum hosts changing exhibitions that range from current fashions and cutting-edge design to photographic competitions, indigenous stories, school holiday programs and more.
Guided tours of the museum and special exhibitions which can be tailored to your needs are available, including Auslan-interpreted programs for the Deaf community and programs such as descriptive touch tours for visitors with vision impairment.
Free entry, no bookings required.
Allows a person's carer free entry into participating venues and events
Actively welcomes people with access needs.
Advise tour guides of the access needs of guests at the time of booking (includes pick up and drop off requirements)
Caters for people who are blind or have vision loss
Caters for people who are deaf or have hearing loss
Caters for people who use a wheelchair.
Caters for people with allergies and intolerances.
Caters for people with sufficient mobility to climb a few steps but who would benefit from fixtures to aid balance. (This includes people using walking frames and mobility aids)
Have a hearing loop
Have a step free main entrance to the building and/or reception area (includes ramps or slopes with a maximum gradient of 1:14, otherwise are too steep for wheelchairs)
Have an accessible public toilet which is unlocked
Have at least one wheelchair accessible parking space with wheelchair accessible signage clearly displayed (International standards are 3200mm wide x 2500 mm high)
Have lifts with enough space for people using a mobility aid to enter and turn around to use the lift buttons. Buttons are at accessible height.
Have wheelchair accessible transport options available in the general vicinity (provide information on name of the operator, phone and website link to individual providers for private vehicles, community transport train, mini vans, hire cars, buses, taxis, ferry, tram, light rail etc in your access statement)
Offer multiple options for booking - web, email, phone
Train your staff in disability awareness
Website meets WCAG 2.0 accessibility standards
Welcomes and assists people who have challenges with learning, communication, understanding and behaviour. (includes people with autism, intellectual disability, Down syndrome, acquired brain injury (ABI), dyslexia and dementia)