Questacon - Mission to Mars

Reserve your seat on our exciting new space adventure, blasting off from 8 July.

The safety of visitors, staff and the wider community are our top priority. Initially a visit to Questacon will be a different experience from what our visitors are used to.

In the first stage of reopening Questacon will only be open for our new immersive guided tour experience – Questacon Mission to Mars. Pre-bookings for Mission to Mars are essential. The usual self-guided experience at Questacon is not available yet.

NEWS: Mars Mission launch

This week marks the launch of a momentous third Mars mission of 2020! This Thursday at 9:30pm AEST, NASA will launch their 'Mars 2020' mission to the red planet. You can watch this launch LIVE at mars.nasa.gov.

On board the Mars 2020 mission is the Perseverance rover which is scheduled to touch down on Mars in February 2021. Perseverance will search for signs of habitable conditions for future missions, as well as collecting rock and soil samples that might hint at ancient microbial life!

Experience Mission to Mars

Get ready to blast off into space on the Mission to Mars experience. Join the Questanauts on an adventure to the red planet and visit the only 7 metre Mars globe in the Southern Hemisphere. Experience your first Marsquake and explore the challenges of living on this dynamic planet. The Mission to Mars experience is a mix of theatre and exhibition, and is a different experience to the usual hands-on activities. Visitors will be guided through selected galleries and enjoy a range of immersive experiences to gain the skills and knowledge needed to be the first humans on Mars.

Following a pre-launch Mission Briefing, your 90 minute Mission to Mars experience includes an investigation of the differences between Earth and Mars, an experience in the Marsquake Lab, interactive experiments and demonstrations to explore the challenges of living on Mars and plenty of time to marvel at our Mars globe. You can create your own Mars memory in our green screen selfie booth.

For years humans have been captivated by the red planet and our desire to venture further than before. All of the orbiters, robotic landers and rovers on Mars have barely scratched the surface of what the red planet has yet to teach us. NASA’s MARS 2020 Perseverance rover will launch in July this year to seek for signs of fossil life and help us learn more about our own unique place in the universe.

Mission to Mars invites you to explore the science and technology of the red planet. This experience will inspire your own journey of exploration as various missions to Mars send back data over the next few years. Was there life on Mars?

You can find out more information about the Mars exhibition on the Mars gallery page.

Questacon staff in astronaut suits standing next to a guest who is enjoying an exhibit.
A camera shot looking up at a large suspended Mars, as astronauts frame the shot.

Purchase your tickets

Mission to Mars blasts off daily! For session times please see the Ticketek.

Pre-booking by at least 4pm on the day prior to your visit is essential. With a limited capacity of 15 people per session, tickets may sell out quickly. Bookings will not be accepted on the day or at the door.

Every person attending the tour (including babies and young children) must have a ticket.

Tickets to Questacon Mission to Mars are now available through Ticketek. When you click on the booking link, you will be directed to Ticketek to purchase your tickets.

Ticket General price Members' price
Adult $15 $10
Children (0-16) $10 $10

Mission to Mars is recommended for people aged 6 years and over. Younger children are able and welcome to attend (with a ticket), however, the tour content is aimed at older children and adult audiences. For our junior scientists aged 3 - 5 years, we are working on a new early childhood guided experience. We look forward to sharing details about this soon.

Please be aware the Mission to Mars tour includes:

  • 30 seconds of coloured flashing lights and immersive noise in the theatre at the beginning of the tour, and coloured lights throughout the experience
  • A number of loud noises; there will be verbal warnings before any loud noises and hearing protection will be provided.

Please ensure you have read our updated Terms and Conditions before purchasing your tickets.

Health and safety is our priority

We have additional health and safety procedures in place, in line with public health advice, including:

  • Physical distancing - floor markers and other signage will be in place
  • Hand sanitiser will be available at a number of locations throughout the building
  • Only small groups of visitors will be in the Centre at any one time, with a maximum tour capacity of 15 people per session
  • Regular and additional cleaning procedures will also be in place
  • Separate entry and exit doors
  • The Members’ Lounge is closed and lockers are unavailable for the time being
  • Flexible booking conditions.

To help with making this a safe experience, please:

  • Follow directions from our staff
  • Ensure you maintain a distance of at least 1.5m from other people, in line with physical distancing guidelines
  • Practice good hygiene. Wash your hands well with soap and water. You will notice hand sanitiser in several locations during the tour
  • If you are unwell, do not undertake the Mission to Mars experience. We will happily rebook your experience for another date
  • If you have been to any of the current COVID-19 affected locations, including Victoria and locations identified by NSW Health, within 14 days of your planned visit, do not come to Questacon. We will happily rebook your experience for another date, subject to availability, or can arrange a refund.

Please visit the ACT Health and NSW Health websites for more information and details of COVID-19 affected locations.

More information about Questacon's reopening including FAQs can be found in on the Visitor update: Coronavirus page.

To change your booking, please contact info@questacon.edu.au or phone 02 6270 2800.

For the latest health advice, please visit the Australian Government Department of Health website.