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Colour: See the World in a New Light

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by Rachel Timmins (subscribe)
I am a senior writer for Weekend Notes, a copywriter, editor, published poet and former editor of poetry magazine Fruit Salad. I have also authored children's fiction and inspirational pieces.
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Experience and understand colour as never before
Color See World New Light Cobb Co Museum exhibit
Colour: See the World in a New Light will engage your senses.


School holidays may be over but the Colour: See the World in a New Light exhibit runs until 22 May 2022. And it's not just for children. An interactive and educational display, Colour: See the World in a New Light explores the origins of colour, both natural and man-made. Discover how you are affected by colour and how it speaks to you. Find out how animals and even machines see colour. See what occurs when colours change. Explore how light influences colour. Sharing the experience with your friends is also part of the exhibit, hosted by the Cobb & Co Museum.

Color See World New Light room termperature change light
Change the room temperature using light with Choose a Temperature.


Questacon is the developer of Colour: See the World in a New Light. You are invited to see colour through the eyes of others. Explore pixels versus paint, visit the room of missing colours and hear colours through music. There are twenty-five interactive experiences including coloured bubbles, iridescent insects, seeing like a bee and colour illusions. Discover how colour influences the way you interact with your environment. Frequencies, taste and impossible colours also come into the picture.

Colour See World New Light Shadow Colours interactive
Colour Shadows change as you move across the coloured lights.


Find out how your brain begins to alter what it sees, using your optic nerves. Colour-blindness, or colour vision deficiency (CVD) is explored so you can increase your understanding it. Enter the Taste of Colour booth to delve into the experiences of people with synaesthesia, ie. seeing colours when hearing certain words. And there are many more fascinating things to see and do in the display.

Wonderful weevils of Australia and its islands are the envy of your everyday weevils. These critters possess iridescent scales containing opalescent structures.

Color See World New Light iridescent insects weevils
Opalescent weevils display their iridescent scales.


Coloured Shadows show that not all shadows are black. These change as you walk past the coloured lights. Magenta, red, blue, green and yellow can play shadow games too. The Colourful Language interactive invites you to choose a colour according to the presented mood. The results are the number of other people who also selected the same colour. Galactic Colour reveals the colours of the cosmos. Drag the slide to see what scientists are scanning the skies for, like x-rays, microwaves and radio waves. Quantum Colour tubes full of cadmium selenide, a semiconductor, contain crystals which change colour according to their size. The smallest crystals are called quantum dots. These glow under UV light and can change colour depending on their energy levels.

Color See World New Light artwork polarized
These huge artworks contain mystery colours which can only be seen with the glasses provided.


Bring your younger children to the exhibition for the Kids' Trail, full of artworks, Aussie plants and animals, but with some colours missing. With special polarised glasses, the images come to life. Help blow away the children's blues with some fun activities. It's almost like 'colour therapy'.

Color See World New Light mineral colours
These mineral structures are coloured by chemical elements within, which absorb some colours and reflect others.
The time it takes to go through the Colour: See the World in a New Light exhibit depends on the interest of the visitor. For those who wish to breeze through, it averages around half an hour. If you get more involved in the exhibits it could take up to an hour. Add another hour if you want to see the rest of the exciting and historical Cobb & Co Museum.

Colour See World New Light interactive display exhibit Questacon
Galactic Colour and Quantum Colour are two of the interactive displays.


The Mega Fauna exhibit guards the entrance to the Colour exhibit and is also fascinating, with fossils and information on extinct creatures.

Mega Fauna exhibit Cobb Co Museum extinct
Mega Fauna is another exhibit alongside the Colour interactive displays.


Interacting with some of the Colour exhibits could bring a sense of the surreal. It's fun, scientific and family-friendly.

The Museum is open daily from 9:30am to 4pm and also sports of a popular coffee shop, open until 3:30pm. Over Easter, Cobb & Co Museum will be closed on Good Friday. Proof of vaccination (via Check-in Qld) is required for your visit. Free entry for residents within the Toowoomba Regional Council, proof of residency required.

If you haven't yet visited Colour: See the World in a New Light, visit Toowomba's Cobb & Co Museum at 27 Lindsay Street, close to the city.
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Why? Educate yourself and the family on how other people, machines and animals see colour, how you are affected by colour, have fun interacting with the displays.
When: 9:30am - 4pm daily (closed Good Friday)
Phone: 07 4659 4900
Where: Toowoomba, Queensland
Cost: Non-locals: $12.50 Adult, $6.50 Children over 3, $10 Concession, $25 Family
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It's a very educational and informative event Rachel, both for the young and old and those in between.
by Neil Follett (score: 3|4259) 154 days ago
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