Scienceworks, Spotswood

Categories: Specialty Museums, Museums
Inspirock Rating:
4.2/5 based on 500 reviews on the web
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. It couldn't be easier to arrange your visit to Scienceworks and many more Spotswood attractions: make an itinerary online using Inspirock's Spotswood vacation trip planner.
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  • We were told that we MUST visit but having done so we were disappointed. Clearly aimed at 5-10 year olds and more about interactive learning. Difficult to get any time on features with so many school ...  read more »
  • A family of 5 (2 adults, 5 year old twins and 3 year old) travelled to scienceworks. My children absolutely loved it! (So did we!) They were so engaged in the exhibitions and could have spent hours in...  read more »
  • Lots to do for children of all ages, although the younger children are probably happier moving through at a faster pace. Lots of interactive hands on displays; some to watch, others to do. The sports ...  read more »
  • Our 2.5 year old loved the place, as there was a lot to play with, but I thought it lacked 'science'. The kids play things were educational, but didn't really teach many scientific concepts and there were a lot of exhibits that were only loosely related and didn't have much of an explanation for adults. Perhaps as a man of science myself I was expecting more. It seems it has to be dumbed down for the masses?! I felt there could have been some cool demonstrations of basic scientific concepts like gravity, magnetism, electricity. Even young kids are capable of learning these things. Music, recycling and sport, in my opinion, do not fall under science. The hydrogen rocket was pretty cool though. Our biggest complaint was the unruly school groups who descended on the exhibits like locusts, trashing the place as bored teachers turned a blind eye. I saw very little education going on.
  • Awesome spot, the interactive installations are always fun. Could do with a little bit of an update in spots to keep other interesting for those who are regular visitors. The lighting show is always brilliant. The planetarium is also very good.
  • A great family day out with loads of interactive displays, keeps the kids occupied for hours. If you're willing to shell out a little extra, the planetarium is worth a visit. Cafe is a bit of a disappointment (cafeteria style with surley and undertrained staff), but you don't go there for the food. Take a picnic to eat outside.
  • I've been to Scienceworks on a number of occasions and wearing a variety of hats. That being that I have taken young people there with my job as a Social Worker and I have also been there during my time off. The beauty of Scienceworks is how fun and engaging they make Science. Whether it be a show in the Lightning Room or the Back-To-Front Bicycle, there is so much there to see and do. A particular memory I have is of watching a young person by selected to help demonstrate what happens to a coke can when it is struck by electricity. I won't spoil the ending, so you'll have to get along and experience it yourself.
  • Fantastic place to spend a whole day with kids. It gets very crowded on weekends and during school holidays, so be quick and arrive there early morning. It is also a good idea to get a Museum Membership to avoid long queues and get unlimited free entry to other museums as well.
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