Scienceworks, Spotswood
(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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  • Visited with interstate friends midweek but was overwhelmed by schools had trouble with getting to use equipment because of this. The light show was very dissapointing and not worth the extra cost,not...  more »
  • Average experience. Pity a few things didn't work. Terrible coffee and food. Restaurant service was below average. 
  • Great to take family for hands on excerbitions with lots of exhibits for all ages and tours of different thins on site 
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  • A great science centre with a strong focus on keeping their messages up to date and relevant. Lovely grounds for a picnic lunch if the Sun is shining, and a huge indoor space dedicated to makerspaces, exhibition halls, and interactive experiments.
  • 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.
  • This has been one of my favourite places my whole life. Fun for any age and very educational!