Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery
The kids laugh and lurch from side to side, unable to keep their balance on a perfectly stationary, straight walkway – curved walls, painted with rainforest scenes, are rotating around them, causing sensory confusion. Still giggling, they stagger out of the Perception Tunnel and rush for the next exhibit. The Phenomena Factory in this museum is full of fun, interactive activities designed to demonstrate scientific principles. Kids relish the chance to pull levers and transform a drink bottle into a rocket, see how much electricity they can generate by pedalling, and test their bowling speed with a radar gun.
Invermay Rd, Inveresk Precinct, Launceston; (03) 6323 3777
FREE; SOME TEMPORARY EXHIBITIONS AND THE PLANETARIUM EXTRA COST
■ The new Tasmanian Connections exhibition, which has dinosaurs, artefacts from shipwrecks and convicts, and other intriguing displays.
One of the main exhibits here is the museum itself! It is the site of the historic Launceston railway workshops, used in the late 19th century when a passenger train service operated in Launceston. Nowadays, the only passenger trains in Tasmania are heritage ones for tourists. In the exhibition Transforming the Island you discover Tasmania’s rail history, see old workshops (left as if the workers have just walked out), and climb around on old trains.
■ There is usually a free educational film showing in the Nuala O’Flaherty Auditorium if you want to take some weight off your feet for a while.
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