National Science Week at Museums Victoria, a cornucopia of exploration & discovery

Discover megabeasts, bring in your science finds, discover exobiology, experience space in the Planetarium, spit in a tube for science, and more!

Discovery at Melbourne Museum.

Following a 2018 program that brought many thousands of science-lovers through our venue's doors, Museums Victoria's bumper 2019 National Science Week program explores research, discovery and extreme science. The hearts and minds of all ages will be won over to the beauty of science. Read on for the complete Scienceworks and Melbourne Museum programs, running August 10–18, 2019.

National Science Week is Museums Victoria's annual dedicated moment to celebrate and acknowledge the unique contributions of our researchers and experts, both here in Australia and across the globe. This year we're celebrating a world-first microbe-mapping project, the discovery of a new processes of evolution, research into Australia's first extinct reptile, a whale fossil 'dark age' discovery, amongst other great achievements.

This exciting program emphasises that science is for everybody, and it is most certainly not finished! It engages young people in the wonders of life sciences, research, technology, robotics, museum collections and education. From biology to palaeontology, geology, astronomy and beyond, National Science Week is a feast for the imagination like no other, and one for all ages. Whether you're an adult looking to broaden your mind, or know a budding young STEM star; we have an exhibition or event for you.

Nerding out to all things spectacular and sciencey has never been more appealing. See you at Melbourne Museum and Scienceworks, for a splendid Science Week.

Museum staff showing fossils to a girl during Science on Show in Melbourne Museum.
Science on Show at Melbourne Museum.

National Science Week at Melbourne Museum

Friday 9 August, 7pm–9pm | Science at the Extreme – National Science Week Public Launch
This very special after-hours event at the museum presents a panel of incredible speakers exploring Science at the Extreme. Plus, tour the science galleries, chat with Museums Victoria research scientists and enjoy a drink. The perfect launch celebrating all things science! Tickets on sale now

Sunday 11 August & Sunday 18 August, 11am–3pm | The Great Gut Microbe Hunt
Discover how amazing our bodies really are at Melbourne Museum with this FREE Sunday family activity tied to our acclaimed Gut Feelings exhibition. Search for microbes and anything else you might find in your tummy. Design your own ‘microbe mobile’ and see what beautiful things live inside your gut.

Saturday 10 August & Sunday 11 August, 10am–3pm | Curious? Show & Tell!
Found something ‘sciencey’ in your backyard? Have a burning science question? Melbourne Museum's science experts invite the public to visit them at Curious?. Show off your animal bones, fossils, interesting rocks, or critter pics. We'll reward your curiosity with help on identification and research.

Saturday 10 August, 6.45pm | Apollo 11: The IMAX Experience
A special Science Week screening of Apollo 11: The IMAX Experience! IMAX will tee up a special guest speaker to talk space, before screening this cinematic event fifty years in the making. Experience our first steps on another world like you've never seen them before, in stunning IMAX quality on the world's largest screen. Tickets on sale soon via

Sunday 11 August, 10am–2pm | Science on Show!
Free with museum entry, Melbourne Museum is proud to present its annual science extravaganza Science on Show! We'll put our scientists and researchers front and centre, to show off their work, encouraging yo to see, smell, touch and explore. Plus free science talks from experts Dermot Henry explaining meteorites at 11am and palaeontologist Tim Ziegler talking Megabeasts at 1pm.

Monday 12 August & Friday 16 August, 11am–12pm | Hello Possums x Science Week
Channel your inner scientist! Every Monday to Friday the Pauline Gandel Children's Gallery comes alive with adventures and mysteries from the Hello Possums Story Time collection. From the Moon to tiny microbes and everything in between, join us as we explore stories and museum collection items that bring the pages to life. Free with museum entry.

Wednesday 15 August, 10.30am–2.30pm | The Birdman and the Museum
This show-and-tell offers a unique insight into the relationship between Museums Victoria’s first director, Frederick McCoy, and renowned ornithologist and publisher, John Gould. The story is told through rarely seen items from the library, archives and ornithology collections. Join Museums Victoria experts as they explore letters, lists, ledgers, rare books and bird specimens to understand this amazing relationship. Tickets on sale soon.

Thursday 15 August, 10.30am–12.30pm | Morning Science Seminar
Living wonders from the first to the deep sea. Museum scientists’ will discuss recent discoveries and illustrate how complex patterns in sound, colour, shape and genetics can be analysed to understand natural diversity. Hear of the wonder that researchers feel when they make new discoveries, the presentations will show how collaborations, new technology and citizen science are vital to current research efforts. Stay on for discussion over morning tea. Tickets on sale now

Saturday 17 August | Spit for Science + Gut Feelings spot talks
How do our lifestyle decisions affect the wonderful mix of microorganisms that in your gut? To investigate, we are creating a digital microbe mac of Victoria, by taking a sample from one of the gut; your mouth. Your saliva donations will be analysed by Melbourne University for this cutting-edge research. Spot talks in our amazing Gut Feelings exhibition will also be running all day - so swing by, spit in a tube, chat with an expert, and celebrate all things Guts!

National Science Week at Scienceworks

Saturday 10 August, 11am & 1pm | Launch to the Future!
This kid-focused, engaging FREE theatre performance in the Scienceworks amphitheatre focuses on how space programs and lunar science propel us into the future, using STEM!

Saturday 10 August, Sunday 11 August Saturday 17 August & Sunday 18 August, 1pm | STEM Workshops
Can you program a robot? Can you wire up tech using everyday objects? Can you tell a story on Scratch? To kick National Science Week, Scienceworks is offering a suite of fun robotics and coding workshops on Sunday afternoons at 1pm. Tickets on sale now

Monday 12 August, 6pm–9pm | Frontiers of Science at the Planetarium
One for the big(er) science-loving kids. Join NASA exobiologist Dr Darlene Lim for an illuminating experience about science in extreme environments. Drinks, films, telescope viewing, and a world of stunning science for your mind to dive into. Tickets on sale now

Saturday 17 August, 7pm & 9pm | Particle/Wave at the Planetarium
Fresh from lauded screenings at various film festivals, this immersive, beautiful multimedia experience in the planetarium dome sees poets, musicians, sound and video artists joining forces with renowned scientists to interpret the theories of gravitational waves. Tickets on sale now


For expert interviews or more information please contact:

Anastasia Casagrande
Anastasia Casagrande
Media & Communications Officer
[email protected]
0466 622 621

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