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Address: North Science Rd, Canberra 2004, Australia
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Great place to take the kids - free

The CSIRO Discovery is a great place to take the kids, and it's free, there are lots of hands on things to do, giant stick insects to hold, and a café as well.

Reviewed 18 January 2017
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Canberra, Australia

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Auckland, New Zealand
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33 reviews
5 attraction reviews
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Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

A well presented set of science exhibits in a pleasant facility, and just a 20 minutes walk from the Canberra Center. It happened to be free to enter on the day we visited but it isn't too expensive even when they are charging. Our teenagers enjoyed looking around and hopefully went away having learnt something.

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Sydney, Australia
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119 reviews
36 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Just at the bottom of Black Mountain, turn left & left again & you are there. Take the kids, & the adults. The displays & information is astounding, a case of "I did not know that". Have afternoon tea while you are there. They do close around 4.

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Thank boothcam
Melbourne, Australia
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268 reviews
79 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 January 2017 via mobile

Definitely worth visiting, especially with kids & 2 hours easily disappears. The updated facilities are excellent.

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Thank Virginia J
Canberra, Australia
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185 reviews
86 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 January 2017

The CSIRO Discovery is a great place to take the kids, and it's free, there are lots of hands on things to do, giant stick insects to hold, and a café as well.

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Thank 508chaneller
Yeppoon, Australia
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278 reviews
132 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 January 2017 via mobile

Fun and cheap place to live and explore Australia's contribution to science. Many hands on discoveries

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Thank Henwood1
Sydney, Australia
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157 reviews
55 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 October 2016

I liked the CSIRO Discovery Centre. It is a small museum, with a diverse collection of exhibits (some of which do require an update). I really enjoyed the display outlining some of the major discoveries by the CSIRO since it's beginnings- including some products that are in mass production & common use- Softly & Aeroguard for example. If you have... More 

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1 Thank ssyja
Gold Coast
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200 reviews
105 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 203 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 July 2016

This was the first place we went to in Canberra and we enjoyed it but after visiting other places such as Questacon, I realised how dated and boring the displays were. It was free entry although it is not advertised as not even that is up to date! There is a number of displays about what the CSIRO is doing... More 

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1 Thank Ozetravellers
Adelaide, Australia
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10 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 July 2015

This place has the feeling of something that was put together as an afterthought. As others have said, glad we didn't have to pay. My 13-year old was bored in 20 minutes and he usually loves this stuff. It didn't help that there were a few school groups in that were running everywhere and making a lot of noise. Disappointing... More 

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2 Thank mahajoma
Australia
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240 reviews
100 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 78 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 July 2015 via mobile

Great if you are a science buff. No one there when we went and had a lovely chat with staff. Very interesting. You need to have to work at finding it and will take about 45 mins to get around. Beats the hustle of Q and a bit more grown up.

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Greater Sydney, Australia
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8 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 May 2015

We were in and out in about 20 minutes - luckily we didn't have to pay when we went. Probably better for 12+ rather than a 6&7 year olds. Quite a few exhibits broken

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