We Inspire & Nurture Scientific Curiosity

Since 1995, the Discovery Science and Technology Centre has been providing hands-on learning experiences to inspire curiosity in people of all ages.

Discovery is a not for profit incorporated association, registered charity and Certified Social Enterprise. 

Discovery was Australia’s first science and technology centre outside of a major metropolitan area.

The concept of a science centre in Bendigo was fostered by the Industry and Education Consortium and was strongly supported by the Government of Victoria and the City of Greater Bendigo.

This and other significant corporate support allowed Discovery to open in the heritage listed Railway Goods Building, a building externally restored for the City of Greater Bendigo by Woolworths Limited.

Each year Discovery sees more than 39,000 visitors come through our doors.

Our History

2O24

DISCOVERY REBRANDS!

The first new branding concept since we launched in 1995, we have introduced a new look and feel for our beloved centre.

With the old ‘eye’ still incorporated abstractly, with leanings towards scientific discovery under the microscope, amoebas and intergalactic planets and stars. We are excited to usher in a new era of Discovery.

2O23

THE NEW BENDIGO PLANETARIUM LAUNCHED

The result of grants & local donations. This is the Planetarium for Bendigo, by Bendigo.

With thanks to the following departments, organisations and individuals of Bendigo.

  • $250,000 – Department of Jobs, Precincts & Regions
  • $50,000 – City of Greater Bendigo
  • $200,000 from locals, local clubs, locals businesses and philanthropy.

As a result of this funding, the planetarium now seats between 40-50 people.

2O22

BENDIGO BUSINESS AWARDS

Discovery won the Community minded business award.

2O2O

New solar installed!

New solar installed! (supported by City of Greater Bendigo, Powerhub, Bendigo Sustainability group)

2O19

Vertical Slide Upgrade

Upgrades to our famous vertical slide – including a new surface motion sensor projector!

2O18 

Refurbished Kaleidoscope

Premier Daniel Andrews launched the refurbished Kaleidoscope space in March 2018 (supported by John T Reid Charitable trust and the Department of Education and Training).

2O17

Auditorium Upgrade

Auditorium Upgrade (supported by the Department of Education and Training )

2O16

Mini beasts arrive!

 Discovery’s mini beast section opened.

2O15

Discovery becomes independent!

Discovery became independent from the City of Greater Bendigo’s Heritage Trust on 18 July 2015. Discovery reopened under the direct control of Bendigo Science and Technology Museum Board. 

2O13 

Upgrades to the Discovery lab

 Upgrades to the Discovery lab (supported by Gandel foundation and La Trobe University).

2O1O/11

Replaced planetarium dome

Canvas planetarium dome replaced with an aluminium dome.

2OO9/1O

Ames room developed

(A room without a single 90 degree angle, sponsored by Coliban Water, explores perception and the relative size of objects)

2OO8

Sidewalk Astronomy

Forming a partnership with the Bendigo District Astronomical Society in June 2008, this was the beginning of “Sidewalk Astronomy”. A program that still runs monthly!

2OO5

Kaleidoscope established

Kaleidescope established in 2005, funding provided by Ian Potter foundation Kaleidescope is the first “long-term zone”.

2OO3

Funding for new exhibits

Received funding from the Federal Government Innovation Awareness Strategy for new exhibits.

2OOO/O1

December

Imaginarium Science Centre

Assisted with the development of the Imaginarium Science Centre in Devonport Tasmania (Now closed), sent over 55 exhibits and assisted in their assembly.

1995

December

Discovery Science & Technology Centre opened

Discovery Science & Technology Centre opened in October 1995 after more than a year’s development and fundraising.  The project was driven by local educators and others calling themselves the “Industry and Education Consortium” and embraced by the then Commissioners of the newly formed City of Greater Bendigo, who in two stages secured grants from the Victorian government for half of the $1m raised to establish the centre.