switch on your mind!
Finding stuff out is more fun when you can do it yourself, right?
How about a museum where you can touch everything, run around, and make your own discoveries?
Discover Explore Enjoy!
Energy and Electricity
Ever wanted to control lightning?
Launch a hot air balloon?
Find out how stuff works by making it work yourself!
You don’t even have to wait until you visit - you can start at home...
- alka seltzer tablet
- warm water
1. Put the alka seltzer tablet into the film canister
2. Pour about 1cm of warm water into the canister
3. Firmly press on the canister lid
4. Place your rocket lid-down on the ground, stand back and watch it fly!
Earth and Space
Do you think you can move a half-ton granite ball with one finger? Or control a whirlwind?
With our Earth and Space exhibits you can!
Experience a virtual tour through outer space in our digital planetarium, see how a planet gets sucked into a black hole, watch a beach ball float in mid air, and more.
You can start your Earth and Space discovery by controlling the weather at home...
- hot water
- ice cubes
2. Pour out most of the water, leaving 2-3 cm
3. Place the sieve over the top of the jar and put a few ice cubes in it
4. Watch as an eerie fog forms!
Biology is the study of living things.
Plants, animals... even you!
Watch our ant colony go about their daily business and compare it to yours, try your skill at the pitcher’s mound, and compare yourself against our previous visitors with our interactive biology exhibits.
You can’t really change your biology but you can make yourself taller for a while at home...
- old towels or rags
- thin rope
1. Stuff an old towel or rag into each tin
2. Use the hammer and nail to make two holes on opposite sides of the tin, near the closed end
3. Cut two pieces of rope that are about the same length of your body
4. Thread the end of one of the ropes through one of the holes in a tin from the outside to the inside and tie a knot - the knot will be hidden inside the tin
5. Do the same with the other end of the rope
6. Repeat steps 4 and 5 for the other tin
7. Carefully step onto the closed ends of the tins, hold on to the ropes and start stilt walking!
The part of the tin where the holes are made may be sharp - it may help to put masking tape over them to protect your fingers.
Light and Perception
Ever wondered what your ghost might look like?
Or wanted to shake hands with yourself?
Explore and experiment with light in our dedicated darkened play area.
If you can’t wait until you get here, you can try making your own rainbow at home....
- sheet of white paper
2. Fill the glass almost to the top with water
3. Shine the torch through the water and move it around until a rainbow appears on the paper