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The Observatory Science Centre
Herstmonceux
Hailsham
East Sussex
BN27 1RN
Tel: 01323 832731
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Temporary Exhibitions

Two of the galleries house temporary exhibitions which are changed throughout the year giving the visitor a different experience.

Availability of the Temporary Exhibitions during 2018*

Good Vibrations (January to May)

The Senses (January to May)

Life (May to September)

Shocking Electricity (May to September)

Arts of Art (September to end of season)

The Mechanicals (September to end of season) To Be Confirmed

*Please note that the temporary exhibitions are subject to change at short notice and the dates when they are on display may vary. If you are coming to the Centre specifically to see a particular exhibition it is always best to phone the Centre in advance to check if that exhibition is current.

Good Vibrations (January to May)

The Good vibrations exhibition is based all around the science of sound.

We’re surrounded by sound and our ears are bombarded by noise but do you know how sound is made and how it travels? It’s all to do with vibrations of course. Experiment with odd musical instruments, find out how your vocal cords work, puzzle your brain with sound illusions and watch your voice on a computer screen.
The Senses (January to May)

Challenge your senses to gather information about the world around you with this highly interactive exhibition.

Can you see what’s going on to the side when you are looking straight ahead? Can you put a plug in a socket without your sight? How does your mind decide what colour a thing is? What part does your memory play in exploring the world with your senses? Smell, touch and hear your way around these family-friendly hands-on activities and even explore the mysterious sense of proprioception.


Life (May to September)

What are we humans made of and what makes us tick? Use the models and the microscope to find out what goes on inside our body. And identify plants and animals and see how they fit into the Earth's environment.
Shocking Electricity (May to September)

Sparks will fly in this exhibition of weird and wonderful experiments for all ages. All the key elements for a Frankenstein laboratory and more! Make an explosion using just water, experiment with batteries and generators, magnets and plasma globes, and see if you dare touch the electric fence.
The Arts of Art (September to end of season)

This exhibition reveals the techniques, tricks and trade of the art world from perspective to lighting, to composition. It looks into some of the major developments in the art world and how they shaped what people painted, how they painted it and what they painted with.
The Mechanicals (September to end of Season)

A collaboration between Science Projects Ltd and Cabaret Mechanical Theatre, 

The aim of the exhibition is to inspire visitors and help them understand the basic mechanisms involved in engineering including drives, pulleys, ratchets and levers that make machines work and which underpin our lives in so many ways.