MOD. Museum | University of South Australia | Review | July 2018

MOD at the University of South Australia – New Futuristic Museum

MOD. at the University of South Australia is a new museum located next to the Morphett Street Bridge on North Terrace in a spacious and modern building. It is described as a “futuristic museum of discovery, a place to be and be inspired”. It has been created to inspire “young adults aged 15+ about science and technology, showcasing how research shapes our understanding of the world to inform the future.”

There are 7 galleries set over 2 floors including a cafe, shop and lecture theatre with futuristic displays and concepts, many of which are definitely for older kids, teenagers and adults. However, there are galleries which younger kids will also enjoy.

The highlight of the gallery for all ages is described as “Australia’s first Science on a Sphere”. This room contains a large sphere in the centre surrounded by touchscreens. These screens are fully interactive and users can zoom in on planets, constellations and stars using these screens. Kids of all ages will find this fascinating. It is highly visual and will help users gain a greater understanding of our galaxy.

One of the galleries explores the concept of body modification for the purpose of improving the life of babies and children.  This gallery features replica baby dolls in cribs with some disfiguration. Some children and adults may find this quite confronting while others may find it intriguing. One for parents to decide about.

Another of the rooms explores the concept of pain and contains 2 chairs which generate pain stimuli. These chairs are not suitable for children under 15 years of age. One for adults to do while the kids watch.

The Augmented Reality Art Display is definitely one the kids will enjoy. To view the display, an app has to be downloaded (free wifi is available). Using the app, hold your phone up to a picture which then becomes animated (when viewed on your phone). Some of the pictures contain images of skeletons, war and creepy faces and may not be suited to some kids. Again, parental discretion is advised.

Another gallery suitable for all ages is the birds and bees gallery which examines perception and illusion. This room contains a slightly psychedelic walkway with bright pink lines which give the impression of movement. It’s the adults that may struggle with this one as it can leave you feeling slightly dizzy!

The lower gallery has overhead lights which move and open like flowers. There are also chairs to sit on which allow you to hear all different kinds of noises including the noises that trees make.

There is a lovely atrium in the centre of the galleries upstairs which look out over the railway where you can sit and enjoy a bite to eat from the cafe.

Entry to the MOD Museum is FREE.

Parking is available next door at the Adelaide Convention Centre or catch the tram or bus there.

MOD. is always changing.  The current exhibition MOD.IFY runs from May to October 2018.


For more information and all enquiries please visit the MOD. Museum website.

What MOD.  Museum

When Tuesday – Thursday, 12pm-6pm | Fridays, 12 12pm-8pm | Saturday & Sunday 10am-4pm

Where:  North Terrace adjacent Morphett Street Bridge, Adelaide. Free Entry

Who: Designed for ages 15+, however, some exhibits are suitable for children under 15. Parent discretion advised.

At Play & Go Adelaide we make every effort to provide accurate information to the best of our knowledge at the time of publication. We recommend confirming times, dates and details directly before making any plans as details may be subject to change.

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