Saturday, November 6, 2010

Powerhouse Museum

The Powerhouse Museum is "Sydney's museum of science, technology, design, decorative arts and social history" – quite a lot for one museum to be treating with, but its location, a former power station, is generously proportioned, and under its huge arching roof, a panoply of exhibitions are taking place, both permanent and temporary: AC/DC, Australia's Family Jewels, people in AC/DC t-shirts wandering around to the sound of "You Shook Me All Night Long"; Ecologic, Creating a Sustainable Future, maps and graphs about disaster; Benini, Creating The Look, a brilliantly designed exhibition about Australian fashion photographer Bruno Benini, complete with darkroom and studio; and The 80s are Back, a tunnel you could walk down, to the sound of 1980s music, to be bombarded with images from the 1980s. I was too frightened enter the tunnel, but that doesn't mean you shouldn't. More from this amazing museum, plus pies, tomorrow.


  1. More than just a visual treat. Fantastic photos and a great summary. Look forward to the next installment.

  2. Thanks elj. It's such an exciting museum, there were myriad interesting images to choose from (though it feels a bit of a cheat taking pictures of pictures). It reminds me of my favourite childhood museum, Chambers Street Museum in Edinburgh.

  3. I didn't really mean it when I said I was frightened to go into the 1980s tunnel. Just not quite ready to go back to the 1980s just yet.