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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.
Closed exhibition


Finished 31 December 2020
Powerhouse Museum


EcoLogic explores one of the world’s hottest topics today: climate change. Discover the science behind global warming, learn what we can do to slow it down and what we can do to adapt to the changes already taking place. Scientists predict a warmer Earth in the near future, with more acidic oceans, wilder weather and rising sea levels.

You’ll see how one of our most precious natural resources – fresh water – is managed in Sydney. A hands-on interactive iPad game tests your ability to manage a city’s water cycle. Droughts and population growth create chaos amidst the effort to maintain dams, pumps, filtration plants, storm water and sewage systems. You’ll be challenged!

Explore an ‘eco-friendly’ home, uncover the benefits of recycling and efficient energy use, and see how eating locally-grown food can make a real difference.

Every one of us creates our environment. Every choice we make has an effect on the world around us, whether it’s what we buy, how we travel, or how we work or play. Millions of individual decisions every day right across Australia are adding up to shape the country we live in. Collectively, we’re creating our future so let’s build the best future we can!


This exhibition is temporarily closed due to building works on level 1 of the Powerhouse. It will reopen on 18 February 2021. Apologies for any inconvenience.


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Climate change

Find out how the climate changes naturally, carbon’s role in climate change, how change is measured and what we can do.

Water management

As the climate changes and the population grows we’ll rely more on a variety of water sources. No matter where it comes from, water is water and it’s up to us all to make the most of every drop.

EcoLogic – It’s all about us

Learn more about the ecological impact of the products displayed in the EcoLogic exhibition’s EcoHouse.

Green Museum

The Powerhouse Museum takes ecological sustainability seriously. Find out how we’re creating a green museum.

Sustainable design database

The Powerhouse Museum has collected examples of design for more than 130 years. This database shows how some items in its collection meet one or more criteria for design for the environment.

Make your own exhibition

Want to get others involved in changing the world? Use this guide to assist you with developing an exhibition of your own.

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Learning Resources

These resources are appropriate for everybody.

EcoLogic pre-visit resources are the best way to prepare for a visit to the exhibition. They include general, primary and secondary learning resources and slideshows.

The lesson plans are particularly useful for teachers. They contain guides and links to all the materials needed for five topics.

The useful websites link straight to reliable sources of current information about everything from climate change to biodiversity, land and water management, energy, transport, sustainable design and the built environment.

The posters are four graphics produced by the Powerhouse Museum. They may be downloaded, printed and used freely for educational purposes.

The EcoLogic book is a soft copy of the publication EcoLogic: creating a sustainable future that was published by Powerhouse Publishing in 2004. Some of the material regarding water management in Australia has been superseded but most of the book remains relevant. The book may be downloaded, printed and used freely for educational purposes. Hard copies of the EcoLogic book may be purchased here.

Changing landscapes features 42 historic images from the Powerhouse Museum. The photographs were taken between 1885 and 1915. They are interpreted and accompanied by questions to promote thoughtful discussion. The images may be downloaded and printed freely for educational purposes.

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This content was developed with assistance from The NSW Government through its Environmental Trust

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