Playing With Light

Opens February 11, 2023

Level 1
Included with Admission
All Ages
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Light is fundamental to our everyday lives. It provides the basis for much of our technology and our view of the world. Play is a means to ignite the imagination for people of all ages and it enables learning through experimentation.

Playing With Light combines both into an experience like no other. Using basic physics principles, innovative interactive experiences and a sense of fun, the exhibition offers the opportunity to explore our world and how it is illuminated through 22 exhibits with a multitude of outcomes.

Playing With Light will be included with Science Museum admission and will be open February 11 - August 20, 2023. The exhibition was developed by Scitech in Perth, Australia and produced by Imagine Exhibitions.

View of a graphic panel in Playing With Light showing the exhibition logo.

About the Exhibition

Picture 20,000 individual LED lights illuminating a tunnel that you can walk through. Now imagine being able to manipulate those lights to follow your every movement!

In Playing With Light, full-body interactive exhibits will encourage you to engage in an array of exciting and amazing light, laser and lens-based experiences. Try to reach your destination without activating an alarm by successfully dodging a series of laser beams. Make yourself shorter, taller, wider and more with the adjustable bendy mirror. Watch your shadow freeze before fading away, experiment with colored lights and find out what happens when one or more color is blocked, make a laser beam bounce down a stream of water and more!

You'll leave with a deeper appreciation of how light plays a vital role in your daily life and how science helps us to describe and explain the behavior of light.

Girl looking through a spectroscope
Three young boys making shadows in front of a blank wall.
Young boy playing with an exhibit in Playing With Light
Two young children looking at their reflection in a distorting mirror.
Young girl standing in a room of mirrors with lights overhead.
Woman standing close to and looking at a wall of lights