New home of science and technology in the heart of Greater Sydney
Powerhouse Parramatta is a once-in-a-generation opportunity to transform and renew one of Australia’s oldest and most important cultural institutions.
As the first NSW State cultural institution to be based in Western Sydney, Powerhouse Parramatta will increase access to culture for all and reflect the diverse communities of Greater Sydney.
Powerhouse Parramatta will deliver dynamic exhibition, education and community programs that will attract over 2 million visitors in its first year.
‘Powerhouse Parramatta will be Australia’s very own Smithsonian … [and] will put Australia and Parramatta on the international cultural map.’— Professor Barney Glover AO: Vice-Chancellor, Western Sydney University
With over 500,000 objects in its collection, the Powerhouse is recognised internationally as one of the great repositories of shared stories of innovation and achievement, providing a comprehensive insight into our rich and diverse country.
No museum in Australia is better placed to demonstrate the continued impact of the applied arts and sciences on our world through technology, innovation, design and engineering.
The Vision: Powerhouse Parramatta
Stunningly ambitious in vision and epic in scale, Powerhouse Parramatta will be the flagship museum for the Powerhouse. It will harness a rich 141-year legacy whilst creating a science and technology museum of the 21st century.
- The largest cultural infrastructure project in NSW since the Sydney Opera House.
- The first NSW State cultural institution located in Greater Western Sydney.
- The largest museum in NSW at 30,000 square metres.
- 18,000 square metres for inspiring exhibitions and education programs, sharing more of the Powerhouse Collection than ever before.
‘We designed Powerhouse Parramatta to sit alongside the great cultural landmarks of the world, but it is first a meeting place and point of reference for Western Sydney.’— Hiroko Kusunoki, Nicholas Moreau and Steven Toia: Lead Architects, Moreau-Kusunoki and Genton
In September 2021, the Powerhouse museum welcomed news that Lendlease was awarded the contract to deliver Western Sydney’s first cultural institution – Powerhouse Parramatta.
Main works construction commenced in early 2022, with a forecast completion in late 2024.