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Hiring the Shine Dome

The Australian Academy of Science’s Shine Dome is uniquely Canberra. The Dome has been a much-loved feature of the Canberran landscape since its award-winning construction in 1959 and was National Heritage listed 2005. Its modernist fittings and furnishings are timeless and elegant, and its spaces airy and retro-futuristic.

Located next to the highly acclaimed New Acton Precinct, the Dome is a short walk from four hotels, tourist attractions, cafes, parking and city shops.

Why not hold your next event under the Dome.

To inquire about hiring the Shine Dome, please contact the Events Manager on 02 6201 9462 or by email.

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Available Seating Configurations:


Ian Wark Theatre

The main auditorium, the Ian Wark Theatre, is suitable for meetings and lectures and is equipped with modern technology and audiovisual equipment. The ground level seats 150 in armchair comfort, the upper level has 34 seats with desk facilities plus 50 bench seats to extend the total capacity of the theatre to 234.

Available Seating Configurations:

Banquet 10

The Jaeger Room

The Jaeger Room boasts views of Lake Burley Griffin, New Acton and the National Library.

The Jaeger room is ideal for:
- Morning/afternoon tea
- Lunches
- Cocktail receptions
- Breakout groups
- Posters

Available Seating Configurations:


The Becker Room

The Becker Room is a permanently set boardroom style room with conference facilities, plasma screen with laptop in-put for smaller presentations.

The Becker Room can seat up to 20 people and is ideal for:
- Executive meetings
- Training sessions
- Working lunches

The Foyer

The Foyer has a large marble floor entrance, equipped with a registration desk, large luggage cabinet (which can hold up to 100 carry-on size bags) and is ideal for displays associated with your event at the Shine Dome.

Available Seating Configurations:


The Fenner Room

The Fenner Room is perfect for small breakout groups of 10 or less and can be used as media room during your conference.

Shine Dome Capacity and Seating Configurations

Configuration Classroom Theatre Banquet 10 Reception Conference U-Shape H-Square
Room Maximum number of people per seating style
Ian Wark Theatre - 234 - - - - -
The Jaeger Room 30 50 50* 200 30 30 30
The Becker Room - - - - 22 - -
The Fenner Room - - - - 10 - -