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Big Day of Science

Big Day of Science at QVMAG with planetarium shows, the Crazy Scientist shows, electric vehicles on display, natural science displays from the Museum’s collection and of course, the Moon and the Anniversary of Apollo 11.

When: Saturday, August 10 2019. 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM
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Where: Queen Victoria Museum
2 Invermay Road, Launceston, TAS, 7250
Topic: Environment and nature, Space and astronomy
Cost: Entry to the Museum and many of the Science Week exhibits is free. The Planetarium fee is $8 adults, $6 children and $20 families (maximum 2 adults); for school mini-shows are $2 per head, and public mini-shows on August 10 and 16 $2.50 per head. The Crazy Scientist is $3 per person. Dinosaur rEvolution is $7 per head. Children under 3 years of age are free.

National Science Week at QVMAG in Launceston will run from Saturday 10 August to Friday 16 August, with the first and last days including a Night at the Museum from 6 pm to 9 pm. We shall have a large variety of content including, of course, the Moon and the Anniversary of Apollo 11.

Big Day of Science will include many exhibitors presenting displays and information, and experts to explain the great science that is being conducted in the local area:

  • natural sciences topics will be presented, largely based on the Museum’s collections;
  • Plastic Free Launceston will be present to show the problems with the use of plastics, especially their effect on wildlife;
  • information on the Tamar River estuary and how it is affected by the tides;
  • how life can thrive in extreme habitats;
  • a display of electric vehicles presented by the Australian Electric Vehicle Association;
  • a terrarium activity presented by TasWater during which visitors can make a terrarium to take home;  and
  • videos about the Apollo 11 Moon landing mission — 2019 being the 50th anniversary — will be shown in the Auditorium.

For some activities, tickets must be purchased. The Crazy Scientist, Darin Carr, will be in our main meeting room to run his wonderful shows about many aspects of science ($3 per head). Our major exhibition, Dinosaur rEvolution will be open throughout Science Week and beyond ($7 per head, children under 3 free).

There will be shows through the day in the Launceston Planetarium (for ages 5 and up; Adults $8, Children $6 and families, with a maximum of two adults, $20). In particular, our latest show, Capcom Go!, is a celebration of the great success of the Apollo missions to the Moon in the late 1960s and early 1970s.

QVMAG education staff will take over one of our galleries to run an event called Mission Moon. These will be space-related activities, involving rocket launchers, moon phases, star maps and gravity.

Several of these activities will continue on Sunday 1 August: Natural Science displays, Planetarium shows, Dinosaur rEvolution, the Crazy scientist, and Mission Moon.

There is more being planned! Check our website for regular updates.

Contact details:

Martin George
QVMAG
Email: martin.george@launceston.tas.gov.au
Phone: 03 6323 3777
Mobile: 0437 688 824

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