The Ampersand: Behind the Scenes at the Powerhouse Museum - Atlas Obscura

Ultimo, Australia

The Ampersand: Behind the Scenes at the Powerhouse Museum

An exclusive, special-access opportunity at one of Australia’s biggest museum collections.

When you own half a million things, how can you possibly display all of them at once?

This Obscura Day tour will give you an exclusive opportunity to go behind the scenes at one of Australia’s biggest museum collections. Visit the storage facilities of the Powerhouse Museum and meet some of the stranger pieces owned by the Museum.

Join curator Campbell Bickerstaff to explore the secrets behind the curious inventions, peculiar technologies, and odd fashions that didn't quite catch on as much as they should have. Then, visit the laboratories where our conservators use state-of-the-art technology to prepare and preserve these objects.


  • There are three different tour times: 10:30am [SOLD OUT], 12:30pm [SOLD OUT], and 2:30pm.
  • Ticket prices: General $42; Concession $36; MAAS Member $30
  • Reserve your tickets here:


Advance Tickets Only. All Sales Final. No Refunds or Exchanges.

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