Museums & Discovery Centres

Here are some of the many places you can visit around Australia to have a great science experience at anytime of the year. They include science centres and museums, zoos and aquariumsbotanic gardensspace centresnational parks and park visitor centres, industry and mine visits and eco tours.

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Albert Kersten Mining and Minerals Museum

Broken Hill, NSW

The Museum is housed in the Old Bond Store, and the minerals on display were collected in the local area. The collection of over 200 mineral samples includes a 42 kg silver nugget. Also on display is the Silver Tree, an 8 kg silver epergne (table centrepiece) owned by Charles Rasp, who held the first mining lease at Broken Hill.... Read More

Australia Telescope Compact Array

Narrabri, NSW

There is an unstaffed visitors centre at the facility, with displays and videos explaining how the telescopes work and radio astronomy more generally. Outside there are a pair of large whispering dishes and there explanatory signs around the grounds. Visitors can see at least some of the six 22 m dish shaped radio telescopes making... Read More

Australian Botanic Garden, Mount Annan

Mount Annan, NSW

The Australian Botanic Garden at Mount Annan is a native botanic garden and is the nation’s largest botanic garden. The garden incorporates a scientific conservation facility called PlantBank which houses Australia’s largest native seed bank. Photo: Royal Botanic Gardens & Domain Trust

Australian Fossil and Mineral Museum

Bathurst, NSW

The Australian Fossil and Mineral Museum in Bathurst is the home of the Somerville Collection, the lifetime’s work of Professor Warren Somerville who gathered beautiful minerals from all around the world, as well as from over 100 Australian mine sites. There are two main galleries for fossils and minerals, a temporary exhibition space for travelling shows and a shop. The Museum hosts... Read More

Australian Museum

Sydney, NSW

Established in 1827 the Australian Museum is Australia’s first museum. Located in the heart of Sydney CBD it’s a hub of information, education, resources and research. With a focus in communicating nature and culture the museum houses over 18 million objects in the fields of biology, anthropology and geology. The Museum is a treasure-trove of... Read More

Australian National Maritime Museum

Sydney, NSW

Our home is girt by sea. Australia is a continent founded and settled by seafarers, from the first peoples to renaissance explorers, convicts, free settlers, post-war immigrants and refugees. The Australian National Maritime Museum captures the spirit of these voyages and the knowledge, skill, adventure and dangers that they entailed. The Museum fleet includes the... Read More

Blue Mountains Botanic Garden

via Mount Tomah, NSW

The Blue Mountains Botanic Garden, in the world-heritage listed Greater Blue Mountains, is situated 1000 metres above sea level and showcases many beautiful cool-climate native and exotic plants. The World Heritage Exhibition Centre explores the rich biodiversity associated with this area and the reasons it needs protection. Photo: Royal Botanic Gardens & Domain Trust

Eurobodalla Regional Botanic Gardens

Batemans Bay, NSW

The gardens range over 42 ha and there are more than 8 km of walking tracks, including a 1 km loop for visitors with limited mobility. The gardens are on Forestry NSW land that was logged about a century ago. The site was allocated for the botanic garden in 1987 and the visitor centre opened in 2001. The Wallace... Read More

Killer Whale Museum

Eden, NSW

The Killer Whale Museum opened in Eden in 1931 to tell the story of Old Tom, a killer whale (Orcinus orca) who along with others in the pod co-operated with local whalers in the 1800s and early 1900s. Tom was more than 70 years old when he died in 1930. The orcas chased migrating baleen whales... Read More

Mudgee Observatory

Mudgee, NSW

Telescopes and binoculars provide visitors with views of objects night sky as well as the Sun in the day. There’s also a theatre screening features about astronomy and space exploration. The Observatory shop has arrange of astronomical books and refreshments. Fees apply and bookings are essential. The observatory can cater for booked groups as well as... Read More
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