Adventures at Matheran Hill Station
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Matheran is a Hill Station located near Mumbai, Karjat.   It is located 800 meters above sea level in the Jambol Forest of Maharashtra.  It was found by Hugh Poynts Malet in May 1850.  It spreads over an area of 8 square kilometers in Sahyadri Mountains.  It is one of the best places to spend a two-day holiday if you are in Mumbai or in the vicinity of Mumbai or its suburbs.  To reach Matheran,  [...]

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Powerhouse Museum: Sydney’s major art gallery

Posted on December 10, 2010 | Art MuseumsNo Comment


Commonly known as the science museum in Sydney, the Powerhouse museum is the prime part of the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences. Although it is dedicated to the field of science, the gallery encompasses an assortment of collections with regards to the technology in the fields of decorative arts, transport, communication, furniture, costume, computers, media, steam engines, and space. In its diverse journey of 125 years during which it exhibited various appearances, the Powerhouse museum has managed to gather around 400,000 artifacts of which several are preserved within since 1988. Today, this famous Sydney tourist spot also distributes its quarterly magazine that is well known as Powerline.

Talking about the attractions here, the Powerhouse museum is the home of many distinct collections. One such fascinating one is the world’s most ancient rotative steam engine of 1785 made by Watt and Boulton and then received in 1888 from the London Brewery. Did you know that this was called the Historic Mechanical Engineering Landmark in 1986? One more vital display is of Locomotive No. 1 that was the first steam engine made in 1854 by Robert Stephenson for functioning in New South Wales. Also, look for the celebrated display of Strasburg Clock Model of 1887. The most adoring fact about this model is that it was made by Richard Smith, a watchmaker who was only 25-year old to replicate the well-known Strasbourg astronomical clock that is seen in the Strasbourg Cathedral. Further, this young man had not seen this actual clock and made it just by reading a description in the pamphlet. Isn’t that awesome?

The Powerhouse museum holds several permanent exhibitions dedicated to the different fields as stated above. The ‘Cyberworlds’ exhibition honors the connections and computers. Here, you will find everything right from the first computing machines to the recently launched designs. Then, the ‘Space’ exhibition takes into those fascinating times when man succeeded in making many discoveries about space. It houses a space-shuttle cockpit and Australian satellites. From here, a subterranean temporary walkway takes one to the ‘Transport’ exhibit that peeps into the age old mediums of transport right from the carts drawn by the horses, steam engines, planes, and to the hybrid technology. Marvel at the Steam Locomotive No. 1243 that was the longest one in Australia for 87 years, which is seen at a modeled railway platform. To its other side, the Governor of the railway carriage of New South Wales resides. In addition, you will also come across the actual Central Railway Station board, two leased locomotives called 3830 and 3265, last Hansom Cab of the city, a tram, a bus drawn by horse, motorbikes, hanging planes such as Catalina viewed better from balconies, the first plane of Flying Doctor Service called Queenair Scout, 1913 Sheffield Simplex car among the eight on the planet, and four shows of public transport.

The ‘Steam Revolution exhibition’ in the Powerhouse museum is just notable as all the locomotives here are completely operational for showing demonstrations regularly. Steam trucks, Boulton and Watt engine, and traction engines form a distinctive active collection to reveal the steam power progress for 150 years. Get ready to see the 1830s Maudslay engine, the horse drawn pumping engine of the Broken Hill Fire Brigade, a Ransom and Jeffries agricultural engine, and mechanical musical instruments such as barrel organ.

‘Experimentations’ is the section in this gallery that is the best liked by children. Why? This is because of the interactive collection illustrating light, magnetism, motion, electricity, and senses. Check out a chocolate making machine, a model of the firetruck front with pedal-power, a hand-powered railway model featuring magnetic for offering electric current, and Plasma ball that demonstrates the current via the glowing gas.

The ‘EcoLogic’ section concentrates environment challenges, their impact, and methods to avoid or stop them. The center of attraction here are the Ecohouse in which the folks toggle with the variables of light for viewing the result, ‘ecological footprint’ game, simulators, time-lined tree of the 17th century.

The ‘Blockbuster exhibitions’ houses many famous items based on known cinema charters such as the Lord of Rings, Star Trek, and Star Wars. This is where you see the Science Meets Imagination display exhibiting props, models, costumes, and technological advancement. There are more blockbusters of Arts including the Faberge exhibition, the ‘Strictly Mardi Gras’ exhibition, the Treasures of Palestine exhibition, the Audrey Hepburn exhibition, the Christian Dior exhibition, Tribute to Kylie for her music and costumes, Diana exhibition featuring collection of her ancestral home, and Australian culture.

  • Timings:
    10 to 5
  • Cost:
    Adult for $10, child for $5 (4 – 15 years)
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