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The Powerhouse Museum is the major branch of the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences in Sydney, the other being the historic Sydney Observatory. Although often described as a science museum, the Powerhouse has a diverse collection encompassing all sorts of technology including Decorative arts, Science, Communication, Transport, Costume, Furniture, Media, Computer technology, Space technology and Steam engines.

 

It has existed in various guises for over 125 years, and is home to some 400,000 artifacts, many of which are displayed or housed at the site it has occupied since 1988, and for which it is named — a converted electric tram power station in the Inner West suburb of Ultimo, originally constructed in 1902. It is well known, and a popular Sydney tourist destination. It has a quarterly magazine called Powerline sent free to members and available at the museum.

 

The Powerhouse Museum houses a number of unique exhibits including the oldest operational rotative steam engine in the world. Dating from 1785, it is one of only a handful remaining that was built by Boulton and Watt and was acquired from Whitbread's London Brewery in 1888. This engine was named a Historic Mechanical Engineering Landmark by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers in 1986.

 

Another important exhibit is Locomotive No. 1, the first steam locomotive to operate in New South Wales, built by Robert Stephenson in 1854.

 

Powerhouse Museum | Science + Design | Sydney Australia

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The current special display at the Powerhouse is ABBAWORLD. It runs until 26 June 2011:

 

Experience the music, memories and magic that made ABBA a worldwide phenomenon for more than 35 years in the first official exhibition about the group, ABBAWORLD. See more than 20 original costumes, live concert footage, behind-the-scenes photographs, album artworks as well as exclusive interviews with members Bjõrn Ulvaeus, Benny Andersson, Anni-Frid Lyngstad and Agnetha Fältskog.

 

Relive ABBA’s music as you sing and dance your way through the ABBAWORLD exhibition using a series of fun interactives! These include performing on a stage with ABBA, dancing in an ABBA video, recording a sing-a-long with ABBA and photographing yourself on an ABBA album cover.

 

ABBAWORLD examines where the four members of the group came from, the formation and success of ABBA and the post ABBA years. It features ABBA's first major international live performance and Sweden's first win at the Eurovision Song contest in 1974, their highly acclaimed concert tours including the Australian tour in 1977, and the impact of their music that has inspired several hit movies and a stage show - Muriel's Wedding, Priscilla Queen of the Desert and Mamma Mia.

 

Replicas of an ABBA concert dressing room where a team of costume makers and make-up artists worked; the writing studio on Viggsõ - an island in the Stockholm archipelago - where many of ABBA's most popular songs were written; and ABBA's own state of the art recording studio - Polar Studio in Stockholm - where they recorded their last two albums, feature in the exhibition.

 

The exhibition comes from Sweden, following its successful debut in London last January and a season at Federation Square in Melbourne earlier this year. For the Sydney season, new content about the group's appearances in Australia and their impact on Australian pop culture will be added to the exhibition by the Powerhouse Museum.

 

Tickets to ABBAWORLD are additional to the standard entry prices to the Museum[/url]

 

 

Powerhouse Museum - ABBAWORLD - Extended until 26 June 2011 - Abba

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