Spotswood - Scienceworks Museum

Scienceworks Museum

Scienceworks Museum

Smart Cleaning Solutions CEO Nicholas Pastras is writing a series of articles about significant attractions in Melbourne, and in this instalment, he talks about Melbourne's famous Science Museum, Scienceworks, which is located in the inner city suburb of Spotswood, a stones throw away from the Westgate Bridge.

Spotswood is an inner-western suburb of Melbourne, 7 km south-west of Melbourne's CBD. It is the home of Scienceworks, a world renound Science Museum, which is one of the premier school holiday destinations for Melbournian families looking for educational things to do in the school holidays.

Scienceworks is situated on and around the old sewage pumping station for Spotswood, which was constructed in 1897, and a tour of the historic pumping station is a feature of the museum. In the Australian movie by the same name, areas of the old sewerage station were used to film the factory scenes in the much-loved film, and most of the rest of the film was shot on location in Spotswood.

The Scienceworks Planetarium is a major feature of Scienceworks and the museum is very innovative in the way it puts on a variety of star gazing shows, for example they run a ‘Valentine’s Day Under the Stars’ show for romantics on Valentines Day. They also show full dome film screenings in the Planetarium Dome and regularly change the programming, helping to keep the experience fresh for returning visitors. The museum constantly changes its exhibitions and very cleverly creates experiential interface with the scientific concepts and knowledge being shared. Careful attention is payed to age groups, so there is always something for kids of all ages.

Spotswood is part of the City of Hobsons Bay and is bordered by Williamstown, which is the premier seaside suburb in Melbourne’s inner western suburbs and Footscray.

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