Mineralogy & Petrology Collection Area 2018

These summer school holidays, kids will learn everything there is to know about rocks and minerals and their properties in hands-on experiments.

Image: Abram Powell
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Ages: 8-12 years

The Scientist for a Day program is a full day social and educational workshop for young minds aged 8-12, designed to show kids what it’s like to work in different areas of science.

These summer school holidays, kids will learn everything there is to know about rocks and minerals and their properties in hands-on experiments. As part of their interactive investigation, your "little scientists" will also get to explore the brand new Minerals Gallery and go behind-the-scenes to see where the real science happens in our collections lab, with collection Manager, Mineralogy & Petrology: Ross Pogson.



  • Hat
  • Water bottle
  • Bag
  • Lunch and snacks – weather permitting, lunch will take place in Cook and Phillip Park (across the road from the Australian Museum)
  • Any required medication

Please refer to the AM's refund policy here. Discounted Members tickets will be verified with Members registered for Family Membership benefits. Members Benefits are for registered Members only (kids and /or adults).



About Ross Pogson

Mr Ross Pogson, Collection Manager Geosciences, AMRI

Ross Pogson is the Scientific Officer, Collection Manager for Mineralogy & Petrology and Group Manager, Geosciences & Archaeology at the Australian Museum.

Image: Ellie Downing
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Ross Pogson has been with the Australian Museum since 1979, currently as a Scientific Officer, Collection Manager for Mineralogy & Petrology and Group Manager, Geosciences & Archaeology.

He runs the Museum’s X-ray Diffraction (XRD) analytical facility. Ross’ principle duties involve the management of a rock, mineral, meteorite and tektite collection of over 80,000 items, and associated public program, loan and educational activities.


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