Visit the CSIRO Discovery Centre in Canberra

CSIRO Discovery Centre in Canberra is open to the public on weekdays. It showcases our science and technology achievements through an interactive journey into the world of research and innovation.

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 9 am - 5pm
  • 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.

An onsite cafe is situated adjacent to the Discovery Centre. 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. Bookings are essential. Limited vacancies exist for 2015. Bookings for 2016 will open 1 July 2015. Please contact the Discovery Centre for more information. 


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