Lightning Room

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Officially launched at Scienceworks in 2004, the Lightning Room offers 30 minute live shows that are informative, entertaining and electrifying!

Highlighting each show is the giant Tesla Coil, capable of generating more than two million volts of electricity to produce three metre lightning bolts.

Other displays include an electromagnetic can crusher, a Jacob’s ladder, lightning safety strategies and a high voltage pickle cucumber that can really light up your day!

Due to the awesome sparks and noise of our high voltage demonstrations, the Lightning Room is not recommended for young children and babies. Suitable for ages 6 years and up.

A surcharge applies to Lightning Room shows. 

Public shows are held daily. For session times and ticket prices visit What's On. Visit the Schools Programs for information on the education shows.

The High Voltage equipment was kindly donated by Telstra, following the closure of its Lightning Lab at the Telstra Research Laboratories.

The Lightning Room was funded by Victoria University and Museum Victoria with the generous support of Telstra, AGL, Agility, SP AusNet, Olex Cables, Ed Bondarenko & Associates and the Department of Innovation Industry & Regional Development.