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Spring School Holidays

This Spring School Holidays we are celebrating the closing of the Shaun Tan collaborative exhibition The Oopsatoreum. Join us in the exhibition for character-led tours and demonstrations.

The Oopsatoreum

Exhibition: The Oopsatoreum
Author and filmmaker Shaun Tan’s new collaboration with the Powerhouse Museum is the fictional tale of a strikingly original but spectacularly unsuccessful inventor: Henry A. Mintox. Shaun’s whimsical stories of Mintox’s failed inventions are inspired by strange and largely obscure objects from the Powerhouse Museum collection.
Cost: Free with Museum entry
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Tours: Oops Alive!
Join us on a tour of the Oopsatoreum with the quirkiest of contemporaries of Australia’s renowned failed inventor Henry Mintox. Be prepared for a bewildering experience of imaginative inventiveness.
Ages: 6+ with adult supervision
Dates: Saturday 27 September – Monday 6 October
Times: 10.30am –  3.30pm
Duration: 20 minutes
Cost: Free with Museum admission

Demonstration: The Printing Press
Join our Museum volunteers as they demonstrate the Albion Printing Press in the exhibition.
Ages: 6+
Dates: Saturday 27 September – Monday 6 October
Times: 10.30am – 12.00noon (dependent on volunteer availability)
Cost: Free with Museum admission

All Day Workshops

All Day Science Workshop: Fun with Chemistry!
Who knew chemistry could be so wonderfully slimey, gooey and fizzy? In this all day science workshop kids get the chance to solve the mystery of the great kitchen-powder mix-up and have the chance to make and take home their own slime, glue made from milk and instant worms!
Ages: 7-13
Dates: 23-26, 29-30 September, 1-3 October
Times: 10.00am – 4.00pm
Duration: All Day
Cost: $90 per child, $80 members
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All Day Design Workshop: Silversmith Workshop
Design and make your own sterling silver pendant at this creative, fun and hands-on jewellery workshop for budding artists and silversmiths aged 10-16. Drawing inspiration from the Powerhouse Museum’s Australian jewellery exhibition, ‘A fine possession: Jewellery and Identity’, participants will learn professional silversmith skills.
Ages: 10-16
Dates: Monday 22 September – Friday 26 September
Times: 10.00am – 4.00pm
Duration: All Day
Cost: $110 per child, $100 members
For further information & booking

Thinkspace Workshops

Thinkspace is the Powerhouse Museum’s digital learning centre offering learn-by-making workshops with science and design themes.

Learn the essentials of video game design and create your own game. Use Minecraft to make a short story or music video. Use Scratch and LEGO to create your own Pacman game. Learn to build electronic circuits using Arduino. For ages 7 and over.

Click on the image to be taken to Thinkspace website and further information about the workshops.

Thinkspace workshops

Sydney Observatory and
Powerhouse Discovery Centre

For more fun holiday activities why not visit Sydney Observatory or the Powerhouse Discovery Centre.

Note: The Powerhouse Discovery Centre is temporarily closed for major renovations.

Visit Sydney Observatory

The Powerhouse Discovery Centre: Collection Stores at Castle Hill