About Canberra's CSIRO Discovery Centre
The CSIRO Discovery Centre offers an interactive journey through CSIRO and Australian science history, showcasing our innovative science and technology to solve Australia's greatest challenges across areas such as energy, the environment, water, agriculture and food, digital technology, space, natural collections, oceans and many more.
The Discovery Centre is currently open to the public Monday to Friday from 10am to 12:00pm (excluding public holidays).
See CSIRO Discovery Centre location and map for how to get there. The entrance to the Discovery Centre is clearly marked at our Black Mountain site in Canberra.
Keeping COVID safe
See our COVID Safe Plan which applies to all of our Australian sites.
School visits to the Discovery Centre
We welcome school groups to the CSIRO Discovery Centre during opening hours. We offer several facilitated programs for visiting school groups. Costs apply and bookings are essential.
Please contact us at [email protected] for more information on our programs and the CSIRO Discovery Centre.
Suitable for all ages (90 minutes).
A popular and engaging exhibition-based program covering all general capabilities of the curriculum, focusing on ICT capability as well as critical and creative thinking. Students participate in an interactive activity to discover how CSIRO's innovations in science, technology, engineering and maths have influenced their lives.
Suitable for Years 5-10 (90 minutes).
This open inquiry workshop sees students collaborate to design and conduct their own environmental investigations. Using a variety of real fieldwork tools and digital technology, students will develop science inquiry skills and an understanding of the challenges facing scientists and taxonomists working in the field. In this curriculum linked program, students collect and analyse their own data as well as consulting field guides and resources such as the Atlas of Living Australia to explore their findings. A portion of this program takes place outside.
Suitable for Years 7-10 (90 minutes).
CSIRO is the custodian of a number of collections of animal and plant specimens that contribute to national and international biological knowledge. In this session, students work in teams to try and solve a mysterious crime that has occurred to the CSIRO collections. The task includes experimenting, analysing data and using skills in entomology, chromatography, soil analysis, fingerprinting and hair and fibre analysis.
DNA to the MAX
Suitable for Years 10-12 (120 minutes).
A skills based workshop that draws on prior knowledge about DNA to cement student understanding. In groups students will investigate a food adulteration scam where three cereals that claim to contain CSIRO's super grain – BARLEYmax, are not delivering the stated health benefits. Students will learn pipetting techniques and run their own gel electrophoresis with samples of different brands cereal DNA. They will analyse and compare the DNA profiles from their gels to determine which companies have been misleading on their packaging.
Accessibility information for the CSIRO Discovery Centre
If you require special considerations for your group visit, please contact the Discovery Centre reception on +61 2 6246 4646 or [email protected].
Accessible parking spaces are available on North Science Rd, next to the public entrance of the Discovery Centre. Please refer to the CSIRO Discovery Centre location and map for more location details.
The Discovery Centre is located on the ground floor of the Discovery Building. There is a flight of stairs or a lift leading to the Discovery Centre on the ground floor. Additional seating is available in the exhibit spaces.
The Discovery Centre exhibition space is wheelchair accessible, with signage and displays appropriate for seated height. There is a wheelchair available for use if required (free of charge).
There are public bathroom located on Level 1 and Level 2 in the Discovery Centre. There is a unisex, ambulant accessible bathroom located on Level 2 (access via the lift or stairs).
The Discover Centre has written explanations for exhibits and open captioned videos.
CSIRO Discovery Centre