When: Saturday 17 August

  • Morning Session: 10am - 1.30pm
  • Afternoon Session: 1.30pm - 5pm

Location: Museum-wide

Cost: Free general admission (registrations are essential)

The Sydney Science Trail is back this National Science Week. Join us for a family-friendly science community day at the Australian Museum, hosted by the Surfing Scientist, Ruben Meerman.

The Museum will be bursting with activity and it’s all completely free! See spectacular science demonstrations, hear some seriously strange science facts from Dr Karl and giggle along to silly science humour. Chat to scientists and discover the latest innovations in their research at our Science Expo. Dinosaur enthusiast in the family? Watch a T.rex Autopsy show, learn about megafauna, and keep your eyes peeled for Winny the Muttaburrasaurus, our roving puppet dinosaur.

Free general admission includes Expo entry, plus drop-in shows and interactive activities throughout the Museum. Please choose from either the Morning (10am - 1.30pm) or Afternoon (1.30pm - 5pm) session when registering.

Tickets for one additional show or workshop per registration are available until booked out. Capacity for these ticketed events is limited and offered on a first come first serve basis. Your show or workshop ticket gives you general admission to the morning or afternoon session.

Ruben Meerman appears by arrangement with Claxton Speakers International.



Explore the full program

Drop-in Activities

Your General Admission session ticket includes unlimited access to free family-friendly activities throughout the Museum.


Spectacular Science shows at the Sydney Science Trail Community Day.

When: Saturday 17 August: 11.15am, 12.15am, 1.45pm, 2.30pm
Duration: 30mins
Location: Hintze Hall, Level UG
Age recommendation: All ages

Feast your eyes on spectacular science demonstrations and giggle along to silly science humour. With a basket packed for a picnic, the presenter pulls out some amazing science tricks using a ball, a baguette, a banana, and much more. Featuring super cool liquid nitrogen, this fun-filled show is packed with laughs and audience participation.


Sydney Science Trail 2022

When: Saturday 17 August: 10.30am, 3.15pm
Duration: 20mins
Location: Hintze Hall, Level UG
Age recommendation: All ages

Meet Winny - the AM's life-sized Muttaburrasaurus puppet in this live action show that will entertain and leave you with some unexpected science facts!


Portrait of Dr Karl, Australian science communicator and author

When: Saturday 17 August: 4pm
Duration: 20mins
Location: Hintze Hall, Level UG
Age recommendation: All ages

Hosted by Ruben Meerman, have your burning science questions answered by Dr Karl and be amazed as you learn the science all around us.


Sydney Science Trail 2022

When: Saturday 17 August: 12pm, 1pm, 4pm
Duration: 20mins
Location: Dinosaurs, Level 2
Age recommendation: All ages

Join us for T.rex Autopsy where we peel back the skin and dive deep inside one of the Earth's most mysterious creatures. Combining biology with palaeontology we examine how these massive 66-million-year-old lizard monsters may have lived...and how they died.


Waranara tour guide in the Garrigarrang Gallery

When: Saturday 17 August: 11am, 12pm, 1pm, 2pm, 3pm, 4pm
Duration: 30mins
Location: Meet in Wild Planet at entry to Garrigarang, Level UG
Age recommendation: All ages

Expand your understanding of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures on this unique tour of objects from the Australian Museum's collections, led by a First Nations guide.


Sydney Science Trail Community Day - Fijian Salusalu Demonstrations.

When: Saturday 17 August: All day
Location: Wansolmoana, Level 2
Age recommendation: All ages

A Salusalu (pronounced sar-loo-sar-loo) is a Fijian flower garland/necklace which is woven together by pieces of Vau made from the dried bark of a wild hibiscus plant. Join us in Wansolmoana for a demonstration of the process of making a Salusalu and highlight it’s historical and cultural significance.


Sydney Science Trail Community Day - 19 August 2023

When: Saturday 17 August: All day
Location: Hintze Hall, Level UG
Age recommendation: All ages

Learn how Aboriginal communities and artists are using ghost net sculptures as a way to tell traditional stories.


Burra Photoshoot July 2022

When: Saturday 17 August: All day
Location: Burra, Level 2
Age recommendation: All ages

Head to the award-winning learning space, Burra, for hands on activities and create your own example of animal adaptation in action!


Sydney Science Trail Community Day - 19 August 2023

When: Saturday 17 August: All day
Location: Westpac Long Gallery, Level G
Age recommendation: All ages

Get hands-on with science encounters and experiments in the Westpac Long Gallery.


Interactive Science Experiences

When: Saturday 17 August: All day
Location: Museum-wide
Age recommendation: All ages

Explore every corner of the Australian Museum and find live insect displays, rare books from the AM Research Library's natural history collection, Climate Solution Centre Future Now models, Citizen Science, 3D printing demonstrations, and can you identify what scat is that?!



Science Expo

Sydney Science Trail 2022

When: Saturday 17 August: 10am - 1.15pm (Morning Session) and 2pm - 5pm (Afternoon Session)
Location: First Nations Gallery, UG
Age recommendation: All ages

Meet experts from over 20 research organisations and universities including Sydney Science Trail partners: the University of Technology Sydney and the University of New England. Wander through the stalls at the Science Expo and chat citizen science, frogs, fossils, medical research and more! Ignite your child's love for science by giving them the rare opportunity to touch base with real-life scientists, undertake experiments and get hands-on with cutting-edge innovations.


Ticketed Shows, Workshops and Talks (Sold Out)

These select shows are not included with General Admission and must be booked as add-ons during the booking process. Tickets for these select shows are now sold out. Capacity for these add-on events are limited and offered on a first come first serve basis.


Sydney Science Trail 2022

Bug-tastic! (Sold Out)

When: Saturday 17 August: 10.30am, 11.30am, 12.30pm, 2pm, 3pm and 4pm
Location: Patricia McDonald Education Rooms (Level LG)
Duration: 45mins
Age recommendation: 3-12 years, children must be accompanied by an adult

Enter the walk-in butterfly tent to see and feed live butterflies and other creeping creatures including stick insects and giant burrowing cockroaches. Look at insects up close under a microscope and try some delicious edible insect treats.

Sydney Science Trail 2024 Feathered Friends workshop.

Feathered Friends Live Shows (Sold Out)

When: Saturday 17 August, 10.45am, 11.45am, 12.45pm and 1.45pm
Location: Theatre (Level UG)
Duration: 30mins
Age recommendation: All ages

Be captivated by free-flying birds and take a glimpse into the wonderful world of feathers. Learn about the importance of bird conservation in this exciting and memorable show with interactive Q&A experience.

Sydney Science Trail Community Day - 19 August 2023

Seriously Strange Science Facts with Dr Karl! (Sold Out)

When: Saturday 17 August: 3.15pm
Location: Theatre (Level UG)
Duration: 30mins
Age recommendation: All ages

Get ready for the weird and wonderful of science! Join Dr Karl from the University of Sydney and the ABC as he shares some of his most quirky science facts!



Botanic Gardens of Sydney will be hosting their Community Day on Sunday 18 August at the Australian Botanic Garden Mount Annan. You can see the full program here.


The Sydney Science Trail is presented by the Australian Museum and Botanic Gardens of Sydney.


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