Science Space is a place to be inspired about what the future holds and empowered to help change it for the better. We are proudly home of the DIGISTAR 6, NSW’s most digitally advanced Planetarium. The 4k laser projection system is a first for Australia and allows the public to experience science and technology like never before.
Science Space is founded upon the principles of education, hands-on learning and accessibility. Existing to advocate the value of science and technology and increase general science literacy, we house over 90 interactive exhibits, Science Shows, Workshops and Australia’s #1 Planetarium to the Illawarra region. In 2019, we launched the very first indoor starlight cinema experience in the Illawarra, SciFri Cinema. Be sure to check out WHAT’S ON section for upcoming events.
Science Space under the name of Science Centre and Planetarium first opened in 1989 and was located in the old migrant building, just north of the current location. The Centre was first started by Glen Moore and a team of enthusiastic volunteers. With exhibits from Expo 88 and Questacon, the Centre became a popular local attraction and started attracting many people to the region.
In 1998 Wollongong suffered severe floods causing devastating effects throughout the area. These floods significantly damaged the gallery, exhibits and equipment.
In 2000, together with support from the University of Wollongong (UOW) and the NSW Government, Science Space was rebuilt and opened its doors to the public. Science Space was the first building to be built on the Innovation Campus, which now has 9 buildings on the coastal site, making up the University of Wollongong’s award-winning research and commercial precinct.