Funded by Victoria University, the Lightning Room at Scienceworks opened in 2004, and it features a 30-minute live show which unleashes the power of an electrical storm. Find a spot in the 120-seat auditorium and watch as a giant Tesla Coil, capable of generating more than two million volts of electricity, produces three-metre lightning bolts. The electrifying display also features an electromagnetic can crusher, Jacob’s ladder, lightning safety strategies and a high voltage pickle cucumber. The show is not recommended for children under six years old.
Sit back comfortably in a reclining seat and watch an awe-inspiring cosmic presentation across Melbourne Planetarium’s 16-metre domed ceiling. Featuring 7.1 surround sound and a full dome video projection system, Scienceworks invites visitors to sit back and relax during an informative and entertaining show, which is truly out of this world. Each astronomical session begins with a 30-minute pre-recorded audio/visual display and is followed by a live presentation of the current night sky.
Constructed in 1897, the Spotswood Pumping Station played a vital role in the Melbourne Sewerage Scheme, which sought to improve the city’s early sanitation problems. Hear stinky stories, walk through the boiler room, and see the coal bunker and engine room. Take a self-guided tour or go on a 40-minute specialist tour with Senior Curator of Engineering and Transport Matthew Churchward.
Race against Olympian Cathy Freeman, test your reflexes as a soccer goalkeeper and jump onto the snowboard simulator at Sportsworks. This permanent exhibition allows you to challenge your body and discover the science behind movement. Investigate a variety of sports and see where your particular abilities take you.
Once you’ve finished exploring the museum, you can sit down at the café or visit the shop where you’ll find everything for the budding scientist, including volcano kits, weather stations, microscopes, telescopes, books, posters, cosmic gifts and much more, to help unveil the mysteries of the universe.