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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 specifically went for the 0-5yr old area, and it did not disappoint. Although extremely busy, my 2yr old & 9 month old both had a ball - it's hard to find things to cater for little ones but Scienc... more »
One- don't come here without a kid. The excitement isn't the same as when you were little, but it's still cute to go as a couple & pretend you're a kid for a moment. Two- this place is f*#%ing freezin... more »
Twenty times over the years of visiting Science Works with kids I thought I’d had the peak experience ... till this visit. Saw the Light Time entry ... (yawn) ... yeah probable couple of neon fancies ... more »
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.
The place hasn't changed at in since I was there years ago. I would like some change and some adult areas that teach harder science. Maybe it's just cause I'm a science nerd, but I would like more science there. But besides that I had a fun day. A shuttle bus from the station to the centre would be good too.
A great place for kids to learn and enjoy... Their Lightning Room and Planetarium are both worth visiting. Scienceworks does get very busy on weekends so do go early in the day. There's a cafe and plenty of room outside in the courtyard for those wanting lunch or a picnic - and there's also a couple of outdoor playgrounds for the kids in the internal courtyard area.
Interesting displays related to sports. Interactive for young and old to try. On our visit early Dec 2017 there were some areas undergoing improvement and from Aussie friends told previous visits included interactive area on upper level which was not available this visit. In the morning exhibits swamped by primary school kids on school visits. After lunch very quiet. Would have been a quick visit but we sat in the air con and talked while the kids played. You can bring own lunch and eat at benches outside or buy food/drink from on-site cafe.
A good day out for the kids. Always something new to see. Reasonably priced entry fee. No problems parking. Very crowded on the days when there is a school bus or 10 visiting. Love the gift shop to bits! A long way to drive from the other side of town, so we only get there once or twice a year.
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