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, observatories, industry and mine visits and eco tours.

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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 Inland Botanic Garden

Buronga, NSW

The Australian Inland Botanic Garden are located in the New South Wales town of Mourquong. The Garden was opened in 1991 on 49 hectares (120 acres) of land and has grown to over 150 hectares including reservation areas for future development. The flora in the gardens includes over 20 000 of a wide variety of Australian... 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

Axel Stenross Maritime Museum

97 Lincoln Highway Port Lincoln, SA

The Axel Stenross Maritime Museum features exhibits about the square rigged windjammers that took grain from the Eyre Peninsula to Europe in the 1800s, as well as displaying the boat building workshops and slipway that have been on the site since 1940. The Museum is maintained and operated by a team of dedicated volunteers. Alex... Read More

Ballarat Observatory

Mount Pleasant, VIC

The Ballarat Municipal Observatory & Museum is situated at Mount Pleasant in Ballarat. The observatory is home to one of the most comprehensive collections of astronomical instruments in regional Australia including the first disability access telescope. Along with the collection of telescopes the observatory also includes a ‘pipehenge’, AstroTours, cafe and a gift shop. The... Read More

Bass Strait Maritime Centre

Devonport, TAS

Explore the rich maritime history of Devonport and the Mersey River at the Bass Strait Maritime Centre. The Centre is located in the 1920s Harbour Master’s residence, as well as the modern extension that was opened in 2013. The Centre has exhibitions about the early exploration of Bass Strait and the northern Tasmanian coast, the... Read More

Battery Hill Mining Centre

Tennant Creek, NT

Tennant Creek was the site of Australia’s last gold rush in the 1930s. Battery Hill is on the eastern edge of the town and had a mine and ore processing plant (a 10 head stamp battery). There are guided tours of both the underground mine and the stamp battery. Visitors can try their luck panning for gold, and keep any gold... Read More

Blackwater International Coal Centre

Blackwater, QLD

The interpretive centre has 20 exhibits, displays and videos about coal: its past, present and future. The two formal gardens behind the interpretive centre, the Timeless Garden and the Japanese Garden, are both free for visitors to enjoy. When mine tours are available visitors can see a 20 story high dragline, giant mine trucks and coal processing... Read More