Shine Dome Open Day

 

The iconic, heritage-listed Shine Dome will be opening its doors to the public on Saturday 27 April as part of the 2024 Canberra and Region Heritage Festival.   

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

We will be hosting a range of activities in and around the Shine Dome, which will be open to the public between 9.30am and 2.30pm.

Fellows and staff of the Australian Academy of Science will be conducting tours and sharing fascinating secrets from the construction of the unique building to the present day. We will have a movie screening of ‘The Dish’ in the Ian Wark theatre, and will be finishing the day with ‘Dinner under the Dome’ in the Jaeger Room.

Food can be purchased onsite from a selection of local food vendors. We encourage you to pack a picnic blanket, bring your family and friends, and enjoy our gardens surrounding the Dome.

If you would like to take part in one of our scheduled tours, the movie screening or the dinner, please click below for more information. Bookings are strictly limited and will close on Friday 19 April, unless sold out prior.

The Shine Dome is a short walk from the highly acclaimed New Acton Precinct, four hotels and the Australian National University, and within comfortable walking distance of tourist attractions, cafes, parking and city shops.

Limited parking is available in the Academy car park, accessible off Gordon Street between the Shine Dome and Marcus Clark Street.


Shine Dome guided tours - SOLD OUT!

ALL TOURS ARE NOW AT CAPACITY. If you wish to be offered a place due to any cancellations, please add your name to the wait list by clicking the link below. 

Celebrate the 70th anniversary of the Australian Academy of Science and the 65th Anniversary of the iconic, heritage-listed Shine Dome, by joining us on a guided tour of the building on Saturday 27 April.

Make the most of this rare chance to explore a behind the scenes tour of the Shine Dome. Fellows and staff from the Australian Academy of Science will be conducting tours and sharing fascinating secrets from the construction of this unique building to the present day.

Date: Saturday 27 April 2024 
Time: Tours will run every half an hour from 10.00am to 1.00pm. Allow up to 1 hour for your tour.
Venue: The Shine Dome, 15 Gordon Street, Acton ACT
Cost: $10 for adults, $5 for concession/student (12 and under free)

Additional information:

  • Tours run for approximately 1 hour.
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult at all times. Please book a separate ticket for children over the age of 12. Children 12 and under can be additional to the 15 on the tour and do not require a ticket.
  • Parking is available in the Academy car park, accessible off Gordon Street between the Shine Dome and Marcus Clark Street.
  • Due to the heritage-listed nature of the building and furnishings in certain areas of the Shine Dome, no food and beverage can be consumed while on the tour.
  • Food and beverage vendors will be outside, in the grounds of the Shine Dome, so feel free to bring a picnic blanket, as well as your family and friends, to enjoy before and/or after your tour.

Add your name to the wait list


Movie screening of 'The Dish' and panel discussion

To celebrate the Australian Academy of Science's 70th anniversary and the Shine Dome's 65th anniversary, we will be holding a special screening of ‘The Dish’ in the Ian Wark Theatre at the Shine Dome. The movie will be followed by a panel discussion with Mike Dinn and John Saxon, local Canberrans who were involved in beaming the moon landing to the world from Honeysuckle Creek in 1969.

‘The Dish’ is a comedy-drama based on Australia's involvement in the 1969 Apollo XI moon landing. A group of maverick scientists on a remote Australian sheep farm are the globe's only hope for obtaining the epic images of man's first steps on the moon. 

Mike and John will join us on stage after the film to discuss the facts of the moon landing, Australia's involvement, and the parts of the movie that were fictionalised. The discussion will be facilitated by Professor Naomi McClure-Griffiths from ANU's Research School of Astronomy & Astrophysics. 

Date: Saturday 27 April 2024 
Time: Doors open at 2.40pm. Movie begins at 3.00pm. Panel discussion to conclude at 5.30pm. 
Venue: Ian Wark Theatre, The Shine Dome, 15 Gordon Street, Acton ACT 2601
Cost: $15 for adults, $12 for concession/student.

Additional information:

  • Movie running time is 1hr 41mins.
  • Rated M due to a language warning. Children can attend at the discretion of parents and must be accompanied by an adult at all times.
  • All participants require a ticket, including children.
  • No food or drinks (other than bottled water) are permitted in the heritage-listed theatre.
  • Parking is available in the Academy car park, accessible off Gordon Street between the Shine Dome and Marcus Clark Street.

Bookings essential as tickets at the door cannot be guaranteed.

Book the movie screening


Dinner under the Dome

Join the celebrations at the Shine Dome with a three-course dinner, matching Canberra region wines, and special guest speaker Dr Brett Mason, author of 'Wizards of Oz: How Oliphant and Florey helped win the war and shape the modern world'. The host for the evening will be Academy Fellow, science journalist and ABC broadcaster, Professor Robyn Williams AO FAA.

Hear from Brett about the fascinating and largely unknown story of how two Australian scientists played a vital role in the Allied victory in the Second World War. One of these remarkable Australians is Sir Mark Oliphant, founder of the Australian Academy of Science.

Date: Saturday 27 April 2024
Time: 6.30pm–10.00pm
Venue: Jaeger Room, The Shine Dome, 15 Gordon Street Acton ACT 2601
Cost: $150 per person, $100 for concession/student/senior 

**Please note bookings close at 9.00am AEST on Monday 22 April, unless sold out prior** 

Additional information:

  • Tickets include a three-course meal and beverages (beer, wine, soft drinks).
  • Please enter all dietary requirements for all guests at the time of booking.
  • Tables are 8-10 people, and you will be seated with other guests. If you wish to be seated with particular guests in a separate booking, please enter the names at the time of booking.
  • Places are strictly limited. Get in early and invite your friends, family and colleagues for this unique opportunity!

Places are strictly limited. Bookings are essential!

Book Dinner under the Dome


The Australian Academy of Science is a proud partner of the Canberra and Region Heritage Festival 2024. For the full program of festival events, visit the festival website.

 

 

Contact Information

events@science.org.au

10:00 AM - 10:00 PM April 27, 2024
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The iconic, heritage-listed Shine Dome will be opening its doors to the public on Saturday 27 April as part of the 2024 Canberra and Region Heritage Festival.   

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

We will be hosting a range of activities in and around the Shine Dome, which will be open to the public between 9.30am and 2.30pm.

Fellows and staff of the Australian Academy of Science will be conducting tours and sharing fascinating secrets from the construction of the unique building to the present day. We will have a movie screening of ‘The Dish’ in the Ian Wark theatre, and will be finishing the day with ‘Dinner under the Dome’ in the Jaeger Room.

Food can be purchased onsite from a selection of local food vendors. We encourage you to pack a picnic blanket, bring your family and friends, and enjoy our gardens surrounding the Dome.

If you would like to take part in one of our scheduled tours, the movie screening or the dinner, please click below for more information. Bookings are strictly limited and will close on Friday 19 April, unless sold out prior.

  • (10.00am–1.00pm) - SOLD OUT 
  •  and panel discussion (3.00pm–5.30pm)
  • (6.30pm–10.00pm)

The Shine Dome is a short walk from the highly acclaimed New Acton Precinct, four hotels and the Australian National University, and within comfortable walking distance of tourist attractions, cafes, parking and city shops.

Limited parking is available in the Academy car park, accessible off Gordon Street between the Shine Dome and Marcus Clark Street.


Shine Dome guided tours - SOLD OUT!

ALL TOURS ARE NOW AT CAPACITY. If you wish to be offered a place due to any cancellations, please add your name to the wait list by clicking the link below. 

Celebrate the 70th anniversary of the Australian Academy of Science and the 65th Anniversary of the iconic, heritage-listed Shine Dome, by joining us on a guided tour of the building on Saturday 27 April.

Make the most of this rare chance to explore a behind the scenes tour of the Shine Dome. Fellows and staff from the Australian Academy of Science will be conducting tours and sharing fascinating secrets from the construction of this unique building to the present day.

Date: Saturday 27 April 2024 
Time: Tours will run every half an hour from 10.00am to 1.00pm. Allow up to 1 hour for your tour.
Venue: The Shine Dome, 15 Gordon Street, Acton ACT
Cost: $10 for adults, $5 for concession/student (12 and under free)

Additional information:

  • Tours run for approximately 1 hour.
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult at all times. Please book a separate ticket for children over the age of 12. Children 12 and under can be additional to the 15 on the tour and do not require a ticket.
  • Parking is available in the Academy car park, accessible off Gordon Street between the Shine Dome and Marcus Clark Street.
  • Due to the heritage-listed nature of the building and furnishings in certain areas of the Shine Dome, no food and beverage can be consumed while on the tour.
  • Food and beverage vendors will be outside, in the grounds of the Shine Dome, so feel free to bring a picnic blanket, as well as your family and friends, to enjoy before and/or after your tour.


Movie screening of 'The Dish' and panel discussion

To celebrate the Australian Academy of Science's 70th anniversary and the Shine Dome's 65th anniversary, we will be holding a special screening of ‘The Dish’ in the Ian Wark Theatre at the Shine Dome. The movie will be followed by a panel discussion with Mike Dinn and John Saxon, local Canberrans who were involved in beaming the moon landing to the world from Honeysuckle Creek in 1969.

‘The Dish’ is a comedy-drama based on Australia's involvement in the 1969 Apollo XI moon landing. A group of maverick scientists on a remote Australian sheep farm are the globe's only hope for obtaining the epic images of man's first steps on the moon. 

Mike and John will join us on stage after the film to discuss the facts of the moon landing, Australia's involvement, and the parts of the movie that were fictionalised. The discussion will be facilitated by Professor Naomi McClure-Griffiths from ANU's Research School of Astronomy & Astrophysics. 

Date: Saturday 27 April 2024 
Time: Doors open at 2.40pm. Movie begins at 3.00pm. Panel discussion to conclude at 5.30pm. 
Venue: Ian Wark Theatre, The Shine Dome, 15 Gordon Street, Acton ACT 2601
Cost: $15 for adults, $12 for concession/student.

Additional information:

  • Movie running time is 1hr 41mins.
  • Rated M due to a language warning. Children can attend at the discretion of parents and must be accompanied by an adult at all times.
  • All participants require a ticket, including children.
  • No food or drinks (other than bottled water) are permitted in the heritage-listed theatre.
  • Parking is available in the Academy car park, accessible off Gordon Street between the Shine Dome and Marcus Clark Street.

Bookings essential as tickets at the door cannot be guaranteed.


Dinner under the Dome

Join the celebrations at the Shine Dome with a three-course dinner, matching Canberra region wines, and special guest speaker Dr Brett Mason, author of . The host for the evening will be Academy Fellow, science journalist and ABC broadcaster, Professor Robyn Williams AO FAA.

Hear from Brett about the fascinating and largely unknown story of how two Australian scientists played a vital role in the Allied victory in the Second World War. One of these remarkable Australians is Sir Mark Oliphant, founder of the Australian Academy of Science.

Date: Saturday 27 April 2024
Time: 6.30pm–10.00pm
Venue: Jaeger Room, The Shine Dome, 15 Gordon Street Acton ACT 2601
Cost: $150 per person, $100 for concession/student/senior 

**Please note bookings close at 9.00am AEST on Monday 22 April, unless sold out prior** 

Additional information:

  • Tickets include a three-course meal and beverages (beer, wine, soft drinks).
  • Please enter all dietary requirements for all guests at the time of booking.
  • Tables are 8-10 people, and you will be seated with other guests. If you wish to be seated with particular guests in a separate booking, please enter the names at the time of booking.
  • Places are strictly limited. Get in early and invite your friends, family and colleagues for this unique opportunity!

Places are strictly limited. Bookings are essential!


The Australian Academy of Science is a proud partner of the Canberra and Region Heritage Festival 2024. For the full program of festival events, .

 

 

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Contact Information

events@science.org.au

10:00 AM - 10:00 PM April 27, 2024

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