National Science Week 2019



Melbourne Museum
11 Nicholson Street
Carlton, Victoria, 3053
What's On

For science buffs of all ages, National Science Week is an alluring and mind-bending opportunity to explore first-hand the fascinating world in which we live. It is a celebration of the contributions scientists make in understanding our environment, our history and our future.

Exploration and discovery are what we do at Melbourne Museum and this year activities will give you a taste of the weird, the wonderful and the inspiring. From the human mouth to the deep sea, we explore life in some unlikely places. What does it take to explore the world of nature? Come along and find out.


National Science Week Public Launch: Science at the Extreme

Friday 9 August, 7pm–9pm | Adult $12, Concession $10, Member $8

This very special night will bring to you a panel of incredible speakers exploring Science at the Extreme, see the science galleries, talk to research scientists from Museums Victoria and enjoy a drink to celebrate the launch of this incredible festival.

Speakers: Dr. Darlene Lim, Dr Kate Selway, Dr Dianne Bray and Nate Byrne.

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Ask us at Curious?

Saturday 10 & Sunday 11 August, 10am–3pm | Free

Found something exciting in your garden lately? A fossil, an animal bone, an interesting rock or mineral? Perhaps you snapped a photo? We want to know! Bring us your best science finds and burning questions, and we’ll do our best to help figure out the answer!

Meet our Scientists: Science on Show

Sunday 11 August, 10am–2pm (talks at 11am & 1pm) | Free with museum entry

Melbourne Museum is proud to present its annual science extravaganza, Science on Show! Meet our scientists and researchers, and explore what they’re working on with all your senses. Plus, catch free science talks from Dermot Henry, meteorite expert, at 11am, and Tim Ziegler on Megabeasts at 1pm.

Activity: The Great Gut Microbe Hunt

Sunday 11 & 18 August, 11am–3pm | Free with museum entry

What beautiful things live inside your gut? Discover how amazing our bodies really are in the new Gut Feelings exhibition as we search for microbes and anything else you might find in your tummy. Suitable for ages 2–5. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Talk: Living wonders from the forest to the deep sea

Thursday 15 August, 10.30am–12.30pm | Adult $12, Concession $10, Member $8 

This morning seminar will present museum scientists’ recent discoveries and will illustrate how complex patterns in sound, colour, shape and genetics can now be used to understand natural diversity.

Speakers: Dr Jo Sumner, Peter Marriott and Marilyn Hewish, Dr Robin Wilson, Dr Karen Rowe.

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Talk: The Birdman and the Museum

Wednesday 14 August, 10.30am–11.30am and 2.30pm–3.30pm

This show-and-tell offers a unique insight into the relationship between Museums Victoria’s first director, Frederick McCoy, and the renowned ornithologist and publisher, John Gould, through rarely seen items from the library, archives and ornithology collections.

Join Museums Victoria’s librarians, archivists and collection managers as they explore historical letters, lists, accounts ledgers, rare books and bird specimens to better understand the relationship between these two scientists.

Speakers: Belinda Borg, Nik McGrath, Gemma Steele, Hayley Webster and Ricky-Lee Erickson.

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Spit for Science

Saturday 17 August

How do our lifestyle decisions or circumstances affect the huge populations of microorganisms living in our guts? Help us build a digital microbe map of Victoria to find out the answer – stop by the Gut Feelings exhibition to submit a sample of your saliva to Melbourne University for cutting-edge research, and while you’re there, listen in to some fascinating spot talks all about the gut!

Activity: Hello Possums Story Time

Monday 12–Friday 16 August, 11am–11.30am | Free with museum entry

Join your friends for Hello Possums Story Time in the Pauline Gandel Children's Gallery at Melbourne Museum. Suitable for ages 0–5 years. Children must be accompanied by an adult.