Powerhouse Parramatta

Powerhouse Parramatta is the largest investment in cultural infrastructure since the Sydney Opera House and will be the first NSW State Cultural Institution to call Western Sydney home. Featuring over 18,000 square metres of museum exhibition and public spaces, Powerhouse Parramatta will deliver dynamic exhibition, education and community programs that will attract over 2 million visitors in its first year.

Powerhouse Community Space at Parramatta Square

Discover more about Powerhouse Parramatta, engage with the Museum’s STEM learning activities as well as learn about its iconic collection at the Powerhouse Community Space at Parramatta Square.

Join us for free, drop-in STEM workshops aimed at children aged between 8 and 12. Taking place on Saturdays beginning on 10 April and running through until 29 May, the workshops are bookable on arrival and run for 45 minutes. Sessions take place at 11am, 12pm and 1pm, with drop-in activities available in-between workshops.

See here for more information.

Update on heavy rain event

The flood event which impacted the Parramatta River in March 2021 would not have come within four metres of the future Powerhouse Parramatta ground floor. Analysis by international engineering and flood specialists ARUP indicates the flood water would have only just entered the riverfront undercroft, an area underneath the new Museum not used by the public that is built into the design to allow the passage of flood water.

Powerhouse Parramatta’s design and engineering considerations ensure that even in a 1-in-1000 year flood event water would not reach the Museum’s ground floor.

For more information visit Infrastructure NSW’s website.
Parramatta river flood levels

Graph attribution: The graph has been prepared by international engineering and flooding specialists Arup based on available flood data on Sunday 21 March 2021.

Project status

A major milestone has been reached as Powerhouse Parramatta receives the green light to move into the delivery phase with the approval of the State Significant Development Application. Powerhouse Parramatta will be delivered in two stages:

Stage one – Early work

  • Site establishment and investigation work.
  • Service and utility work.
  • Demolition of the Riverbank car park and other buildings within the site.
  • Careful deconstruction of Willow Grove (in line with the project’s conditions of consent, no work will commence on the deconstruction of Willow Grove until a Relocation Framework and Methodology Plan for the process of site selection, consultation and deconstruction has been developed).

Stage two – Major construction work

  • Construction work to deliver the new Powerhouse Parramatta including:
  • Bulk excavation and earthworks.
  • Piling work.
  • Construction of new buildings.
  • Construction of the new public domain and landscaping.

More information about the project is available on Infrastructure NSW’s website.

Community engagement has been ongoing as part of the planning process. More information is available here.