Scienceworks, Spotswood

Housing important cultural and scientific collections of the State of Victoria, Scienceworks is a world-renowned science museum located in the suburb of Spotswood. Established in 1992, the museum is housed in a large building near the historic Spotswood Pumping Station, the steam engines of which form an associated exhibit. Other displays and exhibits include hands-on experiments, demonstrations, and educational tours, including a stop at the planetarium, especially popular with kids. Make sure to visit the museum's "lightning room," a 120-seat auditorium presenting demonstrations about electricity and featuring a giant Tesla Coil, an instrument capable of producing spectacular lightning bolts. To visit Scienceworks on your holiday in Spotswood, and find out what else Spotswood has to offer, use our Spotswood trip planner .
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  • We seen the Blue Lightning Show and learnt quite a bit about lightning and its effects. We also went to the Planetarium which was great and a little sleepy :) Either way a great day exploring g scienc...  more »
  • My wife and little one had been there a few times previously and this was my first time at Scienceworks. Easily the most interesting part was the Pump Tour which was conducted by someone (Graham) who ...  more »
  • Visited on the advice of family and wasn't disappointed. Lots of things to see and do - very interactive displays that kept the kids entertained for hours. There was a couple of school groups visiting...  more »
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  • More than me, the kids liked it very much. Lots of exhibits with and good information on each with historic breakthrough events and timelines presented in various forms, from posters to audio visuals to interactive displays. There's a build and play area for younger kids to keep them engaged. There's an outdoor play area with some interesting vehicles and other scientific exhibits too. All in all, its educational. Worth a trip with the kids, or just by oneself in order to learn about basic inventions and their evolution up to the present day.
  • My 16 month old loved the build and play area, spent a good hour in there using up all her energy! I found the rest of the place a little lacking, might be better for children a little older than my daughter. I felt as though there was some work happening upstairs so possibly more exhibits to keep an eye out for. A pleasant morning spent there, and would try to go back again when bubs is a bit older.
  • A must go even if you do not have any children. The scientific content is presented with real-life effects, interactive trials and experiments. The planetarium is amazing, I have seen only one movie yet i will try others. Sports section is also great.
  • Very entertaining. Well designed and very interactive. Educational without being boring. Lovely playground ,good demonstrations. There are not long waits for things. My kids loved it. Very good value.optional Light shows,lightning show,space shows. Cafe is nice.
  • My 4 year old loved the new build it up interactive exhibition. Lots of various activities that promote learning and teamwork. Lightning exhibition was brilliant, presenter was clear and entertaining. My son was hanging on every word. Just make sure your child can cover their ears for the Tesla coil!
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