What's on: Search and Discover Centre
Search. Discover. Question. Investigate nature and cultures. Explore. Enquire.
- 09.30 AM to 05.00 PM
- Level 2
- Entry to the AM is free for kids under 16!
With hundreds of objects, animals, minerals and fossils at your fingertips Search & Discover is our public research centre, a showcase of the museum’s collection and provides a rich interactive experience for all visitors.
What can you do here?
- Observe up close our living animals. Learn about their lifecycles and watch their behaviour.
- Get hands on. Touch and interact with museum objects, discover minute details of animals and insects using real scientific equipment.
- Enquire. Find answers to your questions. Ask our staff, peruse our books and magazines and explore our specimens and objects.
- Talk to an expert. Is that a rock or fossil you found in your garden? Is the spider living in your kitchen dangerous? Our friendly expert staff are on hand to help answer your questions.
- Hone your own research skills. Use reference books, the latest magazines to solve your own queries and work on your own projects.
- Examine real Museum specimens. Look under the microscope and discuss your findings with Museum experts.
- Touch and feel a preserved echidna. Take photos of many other specimens on display. Kids (and big kids) love feeling the different textures that you'd never normally get to touch.
- Meet our live animals, from a bearded dragon to stick insects.
- Learn about the human story and examine the physical evidence (skull casts, replica artefacts and real stone tools) that help us piece together the evolutionary journey of modern humans.
- Browse the collection drawers and see everything from beetles and parrots to mammal bones and shells right up close.
Do you have a question about Australian animals and environments, Indigenous Australian and Pacific cultures or the Museum’s science and collections? Visit us here at the Centre or go to our Experts page.
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