Museum exhibition takes young minds on curious adventure through science

10 Apr 2022

A trip to Newcastle Museum has become curiouser and curiouser with the latest exhibition taking visitors down the rabbit hole to explore science concepts with the help of Alice in Wonderland.

The children's literary classic has been transformed into a colourful, hands-on experience designed to introduce children to everything from optical illusions and word play to physics, time telling and maths.

Newcastle Councillor Elizabeth Adamczyk said Alice's Wonderland - A Most Curious Adventure provides parents with the perfect mix of education and entertainment to keep their kids occupied during the Easter school holidays.

"The wondrously bizarre and sometimes illogical story of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland is the ideal inspiration for a playful exhibition that will ignite the natural curiosity of young children while also introducing them to a range of numeracy, literacy and science concepts," Cr Adamczyk said.

"This exhibition provides a fantastic option for parents looking for a fun, low-cost activity for toddlers and junior primary school aged children during the upcoming holidays and is yet another example of the engaging, innovative program of touring and locally produced exhibitions that ensure Newcastle Museum continues to be a highly popular destination for locals and tourists of all ages."

Featuring familiar scenes such as the rabbit hole, hall of doors and the Mad Hatter's tea party, the touring exhibition from Museums Victoria encourages visitors to explore the way they perceive the world around them, with interactive fun for parents and children to enjoy together.

Visitors to Newcastle Museum can also take a trip through the rural, remote and regional heart of Australia thanks to the amazing photography on show in Portrait of Australia: Stories through the lens of Australian Geographic.

The stunning series of large format photographs will transport audiences across Australia, from the bush to the outback and up and down the coast, as they showcase the country's diverse environments and the people who call them home.

A Portrait of Australia: Stories through the lens of Australian Geographic is on display at Newcastle Museum until June 19 and entry to the exhibition is free.

Tickets for Alice's Wonderland - A Most Curious Adventure are available from Newcastle Musuem front desk. Cost $10 for adults, $7 for concession, $5 for children and $25 for a family of four, children aged three and under are free. The exhibition runs until July 10.

Newcastle Museum is open Tuesday to Sunday from 10am to 5pm and every day during the school holidays.