There’s a new exhibition Colour at Newcastle Museum, just launched in time for the school holidays. The subject of colour isn’t one that most of us think about but it affects our lives every day as you’ll discover in this special touring exhibition from Questacon – the National Science and Technology Centre. Colour reveals various aspects of colour and perception through 20 different interactive experiences. This exhibition is lots of fun but also educational!
Due to COVID-19, there are limited numbers to ensure social distancing so you’ll need to book ahead of time to access the Colour exhibition. Sessions run for 90 minutes which give you plenty of time to immerse yourself in the exhibition. The smaller number are actually better as you can experience Colour without the crowds and have time to read and participate with each display.
The show is suitable for kids aged 4+ but primary school students will get the most out of this exhibition as it covers science and technology topics like reflection, pixels, illusions, fluorescent objects and iridescence. With so interesting and interactive displays, take the allotted time to fully engage with the exhibition.
Hit the button on the Flurosce exhibit and you’ll see objects light up as they glow under ultraviolet light.
Search for the $5 and $10 bill and you’ll see that our currency has UV features embedded in the note.
Venture into the Room of Missing Colours and as the overhead colour changes from red to blue to green, you’ll see different coloured objects recede into the background. You’re encouraged to use the torch on your mobile phone to see the objects in white light.
Wander through the various exhibits to see reflected light, paint with pixels, discover colour illusions, examine quantum colour and even view the pixels on your mobile phone.
A popular interactive feature was Stop & Go where two people race each other by running and stopping as red and green text flash up on the screen in front. It’s fun but also demonstrates how our brains react to colour.
Once you’re finished with one room, head to the neighbouring room (where Mininova used to be) as there are more interactive displays there.
One of the coolest displays is the colour blindness simulator. Using the cameras, you can hold up different panels and see what a colour blind person views.
You can also hear their personal stories in another interactive display. It was fascinating to learn that for one colour-blind individual, he perceives peanut butter as being green.
As you venture through the exhibition, use a set of special glasses to access the kids trail. you’ll be handed a set of large red glasses (one per family) when you enter into Colour.
These glasses can be used to view the ‘hidden colour’ artworks which are located on the side of exhibitions. The glasses are made out of polarised materials which act as a filter letting colours in whose polarisation matches the filter. Rotate the glasses around as you view the artwork and you’ll find the colour changes.
It’s a fascinating exhibition and one that makes you think about colour and perception long after you leave the interactive displays.
The Colour exhibition at Newcastle Museum runs until 31 January 2021.
The exhibition is presented in a COVID Safe space in the Supernova Gallery of Newcastle Museum. Hand sanitiser stations are prominently displayed throughout the exhibition as well as signs encouraging social distancing. There are also sanitising wipes which you are encouraged to use to wipe down interactive displays and equipment before you use them.
Tickets for Colour can be purchased through the Newcastle Museum website and cost $10 for adult, $5 for children aged three and over and $7 for concession card holders, while a family pass (two adults and two children) is $25. Tickets for Colour only provide you access to the exhibition area at Newcastle Museum. If you also want to go to the rest of the museum, visitors should bring a mobile phone to enter the museum using a QR code and interact with both exhibitions.
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