New Exhibition Illuminate to Light Up Scienceworks from 14 May

Illuminate: How Science Comes to Light | Photo by Tim Carrafa

Discover the science behind the fastest traveller in the universe – light – at Scienceworks’ new exhibition Illuminate: How Science Comes to Light.

Opening 14 May 2022, this new exhibition ignites the senses and lets you learn through hands-on interactive play. What is light, what can we do with it and how do we see?

Developed in-house by Museums Victoria, Illuminate explores visual perception and illumination through colour, sound, and action. Learn how light behaves, where it comes from, how it reflects and refracts, and what tools we’ve invented to understand it.

Be ready for a playful palooza, this vibrant new exhibition is a choose-your-own-adventure experimentation with colours, shadows, mirrors, lenses, lasers, and more, that illuminates the world around you from a different view.

Compose a luminous symphony and mix light to create a field of colour. Manipulate mirrors and encounter surprising views of yourself as you navigate through a series of warped reflections. And dance to the drumming beats of the invisible laser sensor chamber.

Bend light, blend colour, dance with shadows, and transform reflections. With an array of open-ended interactive exhibits, magnify, mix, animate, draw, design, and compose – all with light!

Danny Pearson, Minister for Creative Industries said: 'There’s no better way to learn about science than through hands-on activities and play – and the Illuminate exhibition provides so many opportunities to do just that.'

'The exhibition will light up curious minds of all ages and adds to the exciting new experiences across our museums this year.'

Jonathan Shearer, General Manager, Scienceworks said: ‘We are so excited to bring this new interactive exhibition to Scienceworks that will reveal the science behind light in all of its beautiful forms. While exploring, we hope this experience will offer visitors young and old a new perspective on how they perceive the natural wonder of light in an exhibition that truly embodies what makes Scienceworks so special; playful exploration and wondrous discovery.’

Illuminate: How Science Comes to Light will be open to visitors from Saturday 14 May 2022.

Illuminate: How Science Comes to Light
14 May 2022 to July 2023 – Tickets on sale now
Scienceworks, 2 Booker Street Spotswood VIC 3015
Price range $0 – $12 plus museum entry $0 – $15

Interviews available with:

  • Jonathan Shearer, General Manager, Scienceworks
  • Mei Liu, Illuminate Experience Developer, Museums Victoria

For media enquiries and requests, please contact:

Thomas Holloway, Media & Communications Officer, Museums Victoria
[email protected] | 0478 058 805

Sarah Finney, Media and Communications Manager, Museums Victoria
[email protected]​​​​​​​ | 0400 197 558

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