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Revised concept design unveiled for revitalised Powerhouse Museum in Ultimo

The NSW Government has unveiled the revised concept design scheme for the $250 million heritage revitalisation of the Powerhouse Museum in Ultimo.  

The museum will be reorientated to connect with the CBD, provide a new outdoor public square, more indoor exhibition space and show off the heritage facades of the original power station built in 1899.

The main entrance to the Powerhouse Museum Ultimo will face the Goods Line, the walkway connecting Central Station and Haymarket, and revitalise the iconic 1988 Wran Building on Harris Street.

This design will enable the Powerhouse to present international exclusive exhibitions and showcase the museum’s existing collection, as well as expanded learning programs that support the applied arts, applied sciences and creative industries.  

The design will feature:

  • A new main entrance facing the Goods Line to connect the museum to the CBD and a new public domain adjacent to the entry, creating a major new green space for Sydney.
  • Improved flow of visitors and exhibitions spaces that will support increased access to the Powerhouse collection.
  • International museum standard galleries for exhibitions.
  • The heritage revitalisation of existing buildings including revealing the heritage facades of the original power station built in 1899 and the 1902 Turbine Hall.
  • Purpose-built space to support the Powerhouse Academy program.
  • An activated frontage onto Harris Street alongside new opportunities to access to the museum’s library and archive.  

The revitalisation of Powerhouse Ultimo led by Infrastructure NSW will include a State Significant Development Application, including consultation with the community.

The museum will close its doors on 5 February 2024 to allow for the redevelopment to take place. Timing for construction commencement and completion is subject to the outcomes of the planning and procurement processes.  

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