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Museum of Discovery (MOD.)

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by Jonathan Phoon (subscribe)
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Published May 21st 2018
MOD. is located in UniSA Cancer Research Institute on North Terrace, Adelaide. This newly opened futuristic museum is easily accessible by all modes of public transport – tram, bus and train. I visited it with my family on a Sunday afternoon and the place was quite crowded.

Museum of Discovery, Universal Gallery, Adelaide
Universal Gallery (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)


MOD. consists of different galleries spread over two levels. My family's favourite is the museum's giant animated globe in the Universal Gallery. This globe is called Science on a Sphere (SOS) and can transform into the sun, moon or any of the planets at the touch of a screen. The walls of the gallery are massive touch screens for visitors to explore and find their own paths through the universe.

Museum of Discovery, Universal Gallery, Adelaide
Universal Gallery (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)


Around the corner from Universal Gallery is the Lecture Gallery, which features the work of artists from around the world. However, this is not a normal art exhibition. Visitors are asked to download the Eyejack app, wave their phones over the artworks and watch them come 'alive'. The pictures change, move, grow and morph before your eyes and you never quite know what to expect. This app also works on some of the artworks displayed on Level 1.

Museum of Discovery, Lecture Gallery, Adelaide
Lecture Gallery (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)


Street Gallery is the last gallery on the ground level. This gallery invites you to sit down, close your eyes and listen closely. Each of the chairs has a different soundscape, featuring The River Torrens, The Skate Park that used to be on MOD. site and a Tree. Hanging above the chairs are colourful installations created by scientists, engineers, educators and technologists from Victoria University. The colours and patterns that you see will change, depending on the light that is reflected from or transmitted through the plastic material.

Museum of Discovery, Street Gallery, Adelaide
Street Gallery (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)


Museum of Discovery, Street Gallery, Adelaide
(Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)


Arcade Gallery on Level 1 is dedicated to the explanation and exploration of pain. If you are adventurous, you can sit in one of the chairs and participate in an experiment on the perception of pain. Light electric shocks are delivered to the hand of a participant under different conditions and he is asked to gauge the level of pain that he is feeling.

Museum of Discovery, Arcade Gallery, Adelaide
Arcade Gallery (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)


The exhibits in Gould Interactive Gallery gave us an uneasy feeling because they are so lifelike. Next to the entrance is a series of sculptures of babies, each with a feature designed to solve a specific condition. At the far corner is an animatronic head which 'wakes up' and speaks to you as you approach.

Museum of Discovery, Gould Interactive Gallery, Adelaide
Gould Interactive Gallery (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)


Museum of Discovery, Gould Interactive Gallery, Adelaide
(Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)


The last gallery on Level 1, Futures Gallery features a tunnel lined with vertical lines. This tunnel is inspired by a tunnel that was used to test how small animals like birds and bees use visual cues to regulate their speed and navigate narrow gaps.

Museum of Discovery, Futures Gallery, Adelaide
Futures Gallery (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)


If you feel the need to take a rest and have some refreshments after visiting all the galleries, head to Food Lore Café on the ground level. Also on the ground level is the MOD. Shop, where you can buy some souvenirs to bring home.

Museum of Discovery, Food Lore, Adelaide
Food Lore Cafe (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)


Museum of Discovery, MOD. Shop, Adelaide
(Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)


MOD. is definitely worth visiting as it is packed with interesting exhibits that you do not see anywhere else in Adelaide.

Museum of Discovery, Adelaide
(Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)
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When: Tue–Thu 12pm–6pm, Fri 12pm-8pm, Sat-Sun 10am-4pm
Where: UniSA Cancer Research Institute, North Terrace, Adelaide, SA
Cost: Free Entry
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Wow! That's so fantastic! I'm going to visit this place today! Thanks for letting us know
by Paula McManus (score: 3|2902) 27 days ago
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