Visit the CSIRO Discovery Centre in Canberra

We’ve had to temporarily close the Discovery Centre.

Read our news statement: Discovery Centre temporarily closed.


At CSIRO Discovery Centre you can find out about CSIRO's history and experience hands-on science like this tornado in a bottle.

Opening hours

  • Monday to Friday from 9am - 4:30pm
  • Closed on weekends and public holidays, except by appointment

Entry costs

  • $10 adults
  • $7 children, students and concessions
  • $30 families (includes two adults and up to three children)


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.

About Canberra's CSIRO Discovery Centre

The CSIRO Discovery Centre offers an interactive journey through CSIRO and Australian science history. It is one of Canberra's major attractions and is definitely worth adding to your list of things to do when you visit the city. The attraction presents science in an entertaining way to demystify it, and educate kids and adults of all ages about the fascinating world of research and innovation.

Take a closer look at the CSIRO Discovery Centre.

The exhibition is self-guided and allows visitors to immerse themselves in stories of Australian research and its value to society. A highlight of visiting Discovery is viewing the 3D movie exploring the latest in CSIRO and Australian science and research. The centre opened in May 2000.

Please contact the Discovery Centre if you wish to bring a group for a visit.

An onsite cafe is situated adjacent to the Discovery Centre. It is open between 7.30am and 4pm. Be sure to stop by for lunch or a coffee.

School visits to the Discovery Centre

School groups can visit the Discovery Centre during opening hours. In our 90 minute 'Discover CSIRO' facilitated program, students will hear about current CSIRO research and have time to explore the interactive exhibits. Cost is $10 per person. Bookings are essential.

Bookings for 2016 are now open.

Bookings for 2017 will open 2 May 2016. Please email for more information. 


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