Image: Half-piece reusable respirator. Made by 3M Australia, 1997-2000. Photographed by Ryan Hernandez.

Design for Life

On now – 16 May 2021 Powerhouse Museum Free Entry

Design for Life explores the central role of design in the health and medical sectors, showcasing design innovation in the creation of equipment, devices, tools and apparatus that save and improve the quality of human life. Local design industry collaborations are presented alongside the Powerhouse’s collection of medical and scientific materials from the late 1800s to the present day, highlighting the trajectory of these sectors.


Now open, free of charge

Please note:

  • To visit the museum, simply arrive at the main entrance between 10am – 4.30pm and scan our QR to register for FREE entry
  • Visitors wishing to pre-book their visit can do so here:
  • Some exhibitions are not open. Find out?which exhibitions you can see on your visit.
  • To help plan your visit, please find information here about the measures we’ve put in place to keep everyone safe.?Visitors are required to provide their name and contact details on arrival to support contact tracing in line with?NSW?Health rules and our COVID-Safe plan.
  • If you wish to bring a group, or have any accessibility questions about your visit, please contact us at? or call 9217 0222.


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Plan Your Experience

All the information you need to plan your visit is available on the Powerhouse Museum venue page, including:

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Discover More

Alupent and solu cortef medicine samples from the Powerhouse collection

View the Design for Life collection set

These objects have been selected for their design innovation at the time of their creation and have helped save and improve the quality of human life.

Leech dish from the Powerhouse Collection

Read more about medical leeches

Uncover the intriguing history of medical leeches, a global industry connected to Australia’s gold rush.

Heart from the Powerhouse Collection

3D printing in medicine

Learn how 3D printing is being used in different ways by surgeons, to rehearse procedures and replace bone.

Prosthetics from the Powerhouse collection

The Aesthetics of Prosthetics

Discover a brief history of prosthetics dating back to at least 300 BCE and the Roman Empire.

Request a copy of the large print guide upon arrival, or print it out?before you arrive.
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