Powerhouse Museum’s contentious Parramatta relocation confirmed

Moving the Powerhouse Museum from the inner city to Western Sydney will cost $645 million, and may split the collection across two sites.
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Artist’s impression of the new Powerhouse Museum in Parramatta. Image via NSW Government

An expanded Powerhouse Museum, including Australia’s largest planetarium, will form the centrepiece of a new arts and cultural precinct on the banks of the Parramatta River in Western Sydney.

As part of the $645 million plan to move the Powerhouse from its current inner-city site, the existing Riverside Theatres complex in Parramatta will also be redeveloped, incorporating new cafes, bars and public spaces.

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Richard Watts is ArtsHub's National Performing Arts Editor; he also presents the weekly program SmartArts on Three Triple R FM, and serves as the Chair of La Mama Theatre's volunteer Committee of Management. Richard is a life member of the Melbourne Queer Film Festival, and was awarded the status of Melbourne Fringe Living Legend in 2017. In 2020 he was awarded the Sidney Myer Performing Arts Awards' Facilitator's Prize. Most recently, Richard was presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Green Room Awards Association in June 2021. Follow him on Twitter: @richardthewatts