Image: Half-piece reusable respirator. Made by 3M Australia, 1997-2000. Photographed by Ryan Hernandez.
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On now – 3 June 2023

Unpopular draws stories of the alternative music scene of the 1990s from the never-before-seen archive of record company founder Stephen ‘Pav’ Pavlovic.
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Design for Life

Finished 16 May 2021
Powerhouse Ultimo

Design for Life explores the central role of design in the health and medical sectors, showcasing design innovation in the creation of equipment, devices, tools and apparatus that save and improve the quality of human life. Local design industry collaborations are presented alongside the Powerhouse’s collection of medical and scientific materials from the late 1800s to the present day, highlighting the trajectory of these sectors.

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Alupent and solu cortef medicine samples from the Powerhouse collection

View the Design for Life collection set

These objects have been selected for their design innovation at the time of their creation and have helped save and improve the quality of human life.

Leech dish from the Powerhouse Collection

Read more about medical leeches

Uncover the intriguing history of medical leeches, a global industry connected to Australia’s gold rush.

Heart from the Powerhouse Collection

3D printing in medicine

Learn how 3D printing is being used in different ways by surgeons, to rehearse procedures and replace bone.

Prosthetics from the Powerhouse collection

The Aesthetics of Prosthetics

Discover a brief history of prosthetics dating back to at least 300 BCE and the Roman Empire.

Request a copy of the large print guide upon arrival, or print it out before you arrive.
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