It seems that this year, we are obsessed with everything to do with light. There’s the upcoming ACMI exhibition, which will feature light-themed works of art from the Tate collection. Then, there’s the gorgeous winter light installation coming to Royal Botanic Gardens. And now, Scienceworks is bringing the… well, the science behind light. Learn everything there is to know about light, and play with it in all its forms at Illuminate: How Science Comes to Light. This exhibition is now open.
Illuminate: How Science Comes to Light at Scienceworks
Engage your senses and learn all there is to know about the fastest traveller in the universe. This fun exhibition is split into six zones in a neon-filled, festival environment.
In The Refractory, you’ll use tools that bend light to make things appear bigger or closer. Then, feel the rhythm at Sensor Sonic, and dance your way through sensors to create percussive beats. Add to the soundscape by scanning barcodes and spinning dials to program music with colour. If you’re still in the mood for dancing, hop up on stage and dance with shadows at Light & Shade. After that, disappear behind an invisibility shield at Wonder Vision. Mix colours together by adding or removing parts of the visible light spectrum at Chroma Zone. Then, create patterns of colour with a giant kaleidoscope, and play with image morphing mirrors, at Mirror Mirror.
“Our new experience Illuminate: How Science Comes to Light encourages play, exploration, and creativity, reflecting our museum’s role in fostering life-long engagement with STEM and preparing young Victorians for the science and technology-led workforce of the future,” said Lynley Crosswell, CEO of Museums Victoria.
During the winter school holidays, there will also be cool amphitheatre shows and activities to check out. Play with light and colour in the Glow Lab, and decorate your own party hat with invisible UV pens and fluorescent markers. Pop into the STEM lab for some awesome light demonstrations. Then, have fun with colour at The Colour Combo Show, and see some truly vibrant demonstrations of how light makes the world colourful.
Are you ready to feel illuminated?