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Australia in Space is one of our newest hands-on exhibitions. It celebrates the Australian space sector and explores the benefits that space technologies bring to our everyday lives. Discover the amazing ways that Australia is contributing to the global space industry, and be inspired by the innovators and researchers behind our success.

The Australia in Space exhibition is divided into 3 zones, each exploring a different realm of Australian space operations and expertise:

  • Lift Off – discover what Australia is sending to space and how we do it.
  • In Orbit – explore the challenges of being in orbit, and marvel at some Australian space innovations.
  • Earth & Beyond – learn how Australia’s location and local expertise give us a unique advantage in the space industry.

Australia in Space is best suited to visitors aged 10 years and older.

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Create unique and mesmerising patterns using the power of pens and pendulums with our much-loved Harmonograph. Explore Angry Arms and Pendulum Snake, where you’ll discover how predictably unpredictable pendulums can be.

Use the Light Harp to perform a concert without touching a single instrument – it uses beams of light and light sensors to make music! Or shake and shimmy in front of the Recollections IV camera to see your dance moves create colourful patterns on the big screen.

Visit Curiosity Corner, where our amazing Volunteer Explainers can help you try some fun science demonstrations and exercise your brain with logic puzzles.

There's fun for all ages at Fundamental!

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Experience the power and beauty of our awesome Earth! Discover the driving forces of our world and see Earth through new eyes by engaging with dynamic, hands-on exhibits.

Feel the force of an earthquake in the Earthquake Lab. Can you build a structure that withstands the tremors?

Investigate the causes of tornadoes and learn how scientists predict tsunamis.

Let lightning spark your imagination! Safely experience a lightning strike with the Caged Lightning exhibit and use a Wimshurst machine to create the crackle of static electricity.

Do the wonders of the sky tickle your fancy? Find out why the sky is blue and how rainbows are made by exploring the behaviour of light.

An exciting experience where every Earthling can marvel at the grandeur of our planet at Awesome Earth!

Ask questions, test theories and experiment with others in Q Lab!

Have you ever wondered how something works, or why it works the way it does? Q Lab gives you the chance to investigate the world around you like a scientist. You will be encouraged to ask questions, observe, develop hypotheses and experiment!

See and participate in a huge variety of science demonstrations, brought to you by our inquisitive staff. They’ll show you experiments that pop, squish, whizz and bang, and are there to ask and answer questions along the way.

Q Lab also has exhibits for you to explore. Want to know what a human hair really looks like? Get up close and personal with everyday objects using our digital microscopes!

Ever wanted to see the building blocks of our universe? Check out our giant periodic table, which has samples of nearly all the known elements!

Want to meet a real queen? Take a peek inside our beehive and see more than 10,000 of nature’s hardest workers doing what they do best.

Even if you’ve been here before, Q Lab is always changing, so there’ll be someone new to meet and something new to see. Let your imagination run wild in Q Lab!

Q Lab is best suited to visitors aged 7 years and older.

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Invent and experiment with ideas, tools, science, technologies and art. In The Shed, you can imagine, create, collaborate, iterate and innovate. Celebrate success and learn from failure – it’s all about having fun with engineering and design.

You’ll find hands-on exhibits, artworks, and a tinkering studio where you can design and make. Build the highest – or widest, or most beautiful – tower or make a cool contraption to float on a wind table.

Want to put your tinkering to the test? Join our innovative staff as they explore changing challenges in our tinkering studio. Use simple everyday objects to tackle problems or create something beautiful. If you can dream it, you can build it!

The Shed is best suited for visitors aged 10 years and over.

See what's happening in The Shed!

Do you have a little budding scientist on your hands? Mini Q—fun for 0-6 year olds is a space built specifically for curious toddlers!

Each zone in Mini Q encourages your young children to explore their environment through a process of observation, prediction, testing and refining. This helps little (and big) scientists to learn about the world around them, inspire their imagination and build their confidence.

Discover what you might find in Mini Q!

A complete hands-on, minds-on experience guaranteed to bend both mind and muscle.

In a true test of human versus machine, go head-to-head with a robot in a game of air hockey. Go up against your friends – and geometry! – in a 4-way air hockey game on a cross-shaped table.

See the unseen as you view yourself in thermal vision! Compare how hot your hands are with how hot your head is, and explore which materials block heat.

Can you keep your balance – and trust your senses – as you move through the ‘rotating’ Rototron?

Excite@Q is a high-octane experience for all ages. Get excited about Excite@Q!

Mars is an out-of-this-world immersive experience. Gaze up at our huge Mars globe – created by artist Luke Jerram using data from NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter – and discover its strangely familiar landscape. Mars will bring you up close and personal with the planet’s red surface, from the solar system’s deepest canyon to its tallest volcano.

Today, Mars is a cold, dry desert. But missions to the planet have revealed it was once much more like our own warm, wet Earth. Will we find evidence that life once existed on Mars?

With new international missions launching, we will be able to delve even deeper into the mysteries of Mars. The more we learn about Mars, the more we learn about ourselves and our own place in the universe.

Blast off to Mars!