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Explore Inner Space - no space ship needed
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Former Adelaide Stock Exchange Building


While wandering around in Adelaide I noticed a sign outside one of my favourite buildings - the quirky former Stock Exchange Building between Grenfell and Pirie Streets. The building is now used by the Royal Institution of Australia with a mission to "bring science to people and people to science", and the sign was advertising their current attraction The Incredible Inner Space Exhibition.

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Incredible Inner Space Exhibition


Having never been inside the Federation Edwardian style building with its distinctive corner tower, the dual attraction of seeing the interior and enjoying the free exhibition was too much to resist. I wasn't to be disappointed.

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Stock Exchange Interior


The RiAus building is open for viewing by the public on weekdays, and is richly decorated in period style. I took a quick look around inside before going to view the exhibition.

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The FutureSpace Gallery @ RiAus


The focus of the exhibition is "What Lies Within", and it looks at common objects through very high powered microscopes to create beautiful photographic images for display.

Drawing upon recent research the incredibly detailed images show a diversity of intriguing subjects such as the crystal structure that identifies ancient flamingo eggs, next generation vaccine technology and the finest detail of native wood that was used by convict cabinet-makers to make historic furniture.

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Ultra Magnification of a Slice of Wood


The resulting images certainly bring out wonderful beauty and symmetry in nature. I think one of my favourites was seeing the face of a clothes moth up close. Very close!

The display is quite modest in size - probably 30 minutes will be sufficient to see it all. But it is a fascinating insight into what some scientists work with every day.

If you work in the city and don't know what to do in Adelaide during your lunch time, wander down to the Stock Exchange Building and take a look at Inner Space.
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Why? Explore the Exhibition, then explore the building
When: 10am to 5pm Monday to Friday
Where: The Science Exchange, 55 Exchange Place, Adelaide
Cost: Free
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