Lightning Theatre

Audience watching a science show about electricity

Highlighting each show is the giant Tesla Coil, capable of generating more than two million volts of electricity to produce three metre lightning bolts.

Other displays include an electromagnetic can crusher, a Jacob’s ladder, lightning safety strategies and a high voltage pickle onion that can really light up your day!

Public show

Person holds three illuminated glow sticks in a variety of colours near their face.

The Glow Show

Take a seat in our Lightning Theatre and be mesmerised by all that glows.


School programs

More about lightning


Safety information

Due to the awesome sparks and loud noises that our high voltage demonstrations produce the Lightning Theatre is not recommended for young children or infants. we recommend this experience for ages five and up.

The Lightning Theatre is suitable for people who have medical devices including metal implants, pacemakers, cochlear implants and hearing aids however guests with electronic medical devices should keep a separation of 1.8 metres from the Van De Graaff generator. To ensure utmost safety is upheld please follow the instructions of our friendly Scienceworks staff at all times.


The High Voltage equipment was kindly donated by Telstra, following the closure of its Lightning Lab at the Telstra Research Laboratories.

The Lightning Theatre was funded by Victoria University and Museums Victoria with the generous support of Telstra, AGL, Agility, SP AusNet, Olex Cables, Ed Bondarenko & Associates and the Department of Innovation Industry & Regional Development.


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