What you need to know to plan your school or children’s group visit to SparkLab.

  • Booking your visit

    Bookings are essential for all schools and groups.

    If your visit includes Queensland Museum exhibitions or School Programs please also read planning your school or group visit to Queensland Museum.

    We encourage you to make group bookings as early as possible, as often SparkLab can be booked to capacity at peak times (final months of each semester).

  • Session Times

    SparkLab has set session times for schools and children's groups. All school and children’s groups move through SparkLab within a 1 hour 15 minute visit (change from 1 March 2021). 

    Session times available for school group visits (QLD school terms) are:
    9:45am - 11:00am
    11:00am - 12:15pm
    1:00pm - 2:15pm

    Your group will be booked to arrive 15 minutes prior to your session time to  take care of registration, cloaking and payment paperwork. To ensure we don’t exceed allowable visitor numbers, groups will not be able to enter the museum until the arrival time stated on their booking confirmation. 

    Children’s groups can select from these times or session times later in the day.

    Special arrangements

    If the session times do not meet your needs because of travel time or other program commitments, please discuss your needs with our Booking Officer (call +61 (0) 7 3153 4401) or make a note on your Booking Form. We recommend booking your visit a semester in advance if you need to make special arrangements.

  • Group size

    Minimum group size required to receive the group rate is 10 paying people.

    Maximum group size per session time is 100 people, which includes adults and children. Groups of more than 100 may be split into smaller groups and booked into separate session times. 

  • Cost

    SparkLab is a charged exhibition for which you will be invoiced. Exhibition charges DO NOT incur GST. This group rate is available to booked schools and children’s groups only.

    Students and children’s group members (booked): $10 (GST free and invoiced)


    Adult/child ratio

    Number of children



    Years 7-10

    Years 11 -12

    1 adult FREE for every paying child





    Additional adults will be charged at $13.50 per adult.
    Children under 5 years at the time of their visit are free of charge.

  • Getting here

    SparkLab is located on Level 1 of Queensland Museum. The museum is on the corner of Grey and Melbourne Streets, within the South Bank Cultural Precinct.

    By bus

    • Set down in Grey Street outside the Dinosaur Garden, Stanley Street Tunnel or Stanley Place. Bus parking is located along Montague Road.

    By train

    • Get off at South Brisbane station and cross the road at the Grey and Melbourne Streets intersection.

    By car

    • There is a public car park car park directly below the museum. Enter via the Stanley Street tunnel or Grey Street. The car park clearance height is maximum 2m. The car park is pay on entry, daily rate.

    You'll find more information about the museum location, with instructions on getting here by public transportation, car, and on foot in the  museum Location page.

  • Arriving and Conditions of Entry

    Your group will be booked to arrive 15 minutes prior to your session time to take care of registration, cloaking and payment paperwork.  

    Schools and groups will enter the museum via the Level 0 Grey Street entrance (toilets, bag storage available, outside eating area Dinosaur Garden temporarily closed).

    A Visitor Experience Officer (VEO) will meet you to confirm the details of your visit, attend to your cloaking, discuss your itinerary and handle any invoicing paperwork.

    Schools and groups will then be directed to SparkLab on Level 1.

  • Cloaking

    Please do not bring school bags unless absolutely necessary. Bag storage is on Level 0. Please limit the size and number of bags as our storage capacity is reduced at this time. 

    Please note the handling and storage of personal items will be conducted by students and teachers. Staff will not be handling any personal items. 
    No responsibility will be taken for loss of valuables.

  • Supervision of students/children

    Group supervisors are responsible for the supervision of students and children while in the museum and SparkLab and should remain with their students at all times.
    Please allow only small, supervised groups of students into the museum shop.

  • Moving through SparkLab

    Schools will move through the SparkLab exhibition for a 1 hour 15 minutes hands-on experience. There are three zones within the exhibition, as well as programming experiences. Schools and groups can spread out within the exhibition and move through the zones in any order and at their leisure.
    An itinerary will be sent to you prior to your visit. Please follow the times on your itinerary.

    We encourage Primary Teachers to divide your students into small groups with an adult allocated for each group. As the students explore the exhibits, the adult can model the learning process, such as reading out the text, asking open-ended questions, testing out ideas, communicating their observations, making changes to what they are testing, and sharing possible explanations.

  • Lunch and Refreshments

    You are welcome to bring morning or afternoon tea or lunch and eat outside Level 1, Museum Plaza (Dinosaur Garden, Level 0 temporarily closed), along Melbourne Street (grassed area near the blue sculpture) or along the river bank.

    You cannot eat or drink inside SparkLab and the museum unless you have specific medical needs.

    Water bubblers are located in SparkLab.

    School and group lunch packages
     are also available from Queensland Museum’s Café Muse; these can be booked through our online booking form, or for an add-on to an existing booking please phone the Bookings Officer on (07) 3153 4401.

  • Toilets

    On your arrival, toilets are available on Level 2. During your visit, toilets are located in SparkLab Level 1.  

  • Visitors with individual needs

    We aim to provide equitable access to all visitors.

    For more information visit our Accessibility page or phone the Booking Officer on +61 (0) 7 3153 4401 to request further assistance.

  • Risk Assessment

    Download our Risk Assessment for schools and groups.

    This edition complies with recommendations of the Queensland Government COVID-safe Roadmap to Recovery. 

  • Teacher and Supervisor Free Visit

    Teachers and supervisors are invited to have a preview prior to their visit, for planning preparation and to make the most of their group’s learning experience. Contact the Bookings Officer on email education@qm.qld.gov.au or phone (07) 3153 4401 for more information and to arrange your free entry.

    Plan your next Teacher Science/STEM Professional Learning program at SparkLab, visit Teacher Programs for more information.

Refer to resources for the exhibition guide and curriculum links.