Things To See

Australian Capital Territory

Ngunawal & Ngarigo Country

The Shine Dome





The Shine Dome - Australian Academy of Science

Home of the Australian Academy of Science, it was founded in 1954 by a group of distinguished Australians, including Australian Fellows of the Royal Society of London. It is an independent body, but it has government endorsement.

The Academy's objective is to promote science and science education through a range of activities. It has defined four major program areas:

  • recognition of outstanding contributions to science
  • education and public awareness
  • science policy
  • international relations

The Shine Dome (previously known as Becker House) is colloquially referred to as "The Martian Embassy", an allusion to its shape and the fact that as the capital of Australia, Canberra is the home of foreign embassies.