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Powerhouse tug of war

The Circus Factory exhibition at the Powerhouse Museum was a major drawcard for children. Photo: Marino Kojdanovski.

Kirsty Needham, Children flock to Powerhouse Museum before Baird government sell-off, The Sydney Morning Herald, 22 November 2015

The Powerhouse Museum saw a 12 per cent leap in visitors this year, contradicting Deputy Premier Troy Grant’s claim the museum must be moved west because fewer Sydneysiders are using it.

Attendance figures for the Powerhouse outstripped the Australian Museum, which saw visitor numbers fall 4.7 per cent.

As a culture war raged over the Baird government’s plan to sell the Powerhouse Museum site to property developers and shift its collection to Parramatta, an extra 46,595 people visited the Powerhouse.

One quarter of the 428,177 visitors were children.

Mr Grant argued last week that patronage at the museum was in rapid decline.

But the annual report lodged in the NSW Parliament a day later showed strong attendance, boosted during school holidays by The Circus Factory exhibition. The exhibition displayed international circus costumes and historical arcade games.

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