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In 1888, Tamworth became the first city in Australia to be lit by municipal electric street llighting.
This important moment in national local history is celebrated at the Tamworth Powerstation Museum. Established in 1988, it is located on the site where the 1888 steam engines powered the street lighting system. The 1907 Power Station/Municipal Electric Showroom building has been refurbished to display a range of unique exhibits.
Tamworth Powerstation Museum is Australia's only dedicated electrical museum. We invite you to join with us in exploring the history of electrical innovation.
The highlight of any visit to the museum are the two John Fowler steam driven engines, the only two of their type operating in the world and working replicas of the 1888 Crompton Pattern No 15 Dynamos which represent the beginnings of electric street lighting in Tamworth
Our collection is now available online. The Online Catalogue contains collection objects recognised for their significance and a range of other items that show the breadth and diversity of the collection. It is updated regularly. tamworthpowerstationmuseum.com.au/online-catalogue
Wednesday to Saturday - 9am to 1pm or by appointment
School, group and coach bookings welcome by appointment.
Museum Volunteers are available to provide a guided tour