Pocket watch, rose gold/glass, maker unknown, France, c.1810. Powerhouse Collection. Neutron tomography ANSTO 2021.
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Absolutely Queer

17 February 2023 – December 2023

Absolutely Queer shines a spotlight on Sydney’s leading queer creatives through their work, creative process and personal stories for Sydney WorldPride 2023.
Closed exhibition

The Invisible Revealed

Finished 25 September 2022
Powerhouse Ultimo

26 objects | 3000+ years | 9 scientific processes

The Powerhouse collection of more than half a million objects tells us much about our material culture but it also inspires many questions. What are our objects made of? How old are they? Is anything hidden inside? Over time, new research and technologies can help us solve these mysteries – and reveal new ones. This exhibition is about work done through a partnership between the Museum and the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation (ANSTO). Using their state-of-the-art neutron beam and synchrotron X-ray facilities combined with digital visualisation techniques, this exhibition shows some of the discoveries we have made including how to identify different makers of our samurai swords and how a 200-year-old pocket watch can play a waltz.

The exhibition also features digital 3D models of some of the collection objects and a digital reconstruction of the missing portions of a fragmentary carpet done with Artificial Intelligence. These portions were completed by the EPICentre at UNSW.


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Pocket Watch, Made in France circa 1810
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