Science Gallery

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Science Gallery Dublin
Gailearaí Eolaíochta
Science Gallery Dublin on Pearse Street at Night.jpg
Science Gallery at night
Science Gallery is located in Central Dublin
Science Gallery
Location within Central Dublin
Established 1 February 2008
Location Naughton Institute, Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland
Coordinates 53°20′39″N 6°15′02″W / 53.34412°N 6.250427°W / 53.34412; -6.250427Coordinates: 53°20′39″N 6°15′02″W / 53.34412°N 6.250427°W / 53.34412; -6.250427
Type Science centre
Visitors 2.8 million visitors (2008-2017)
Director Lynn Scarff[1]
Public transit access Dublin Pearse railway station

Science Gallery is a public science centre at Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland. Opened in 2008 and housed in Trinity's Naughton Institute, it holds various exhibitions and lectures with a view to science outreach and art-science collaborations. Unlike most science centres, it has no permanent collection, but rather a series of 3-4 temporary exhibitions each year.

Establishment and location[edit]

Science Gallery Dublin is located within the Naughton Institute of Trinity College, Dublin, which opened in early 2008. The goal of the gallery is to host a programme of exhibitions, workshops, and events to engage people aged 15–25 with science and technology.[2] Since its opening the Gallery has received funding and support from Google.[3]

In 2011 the gallery attracted 242,000 visitors,[4] in 2014 that had risen to 400,000, and has seen a total of 1.8 million visitors from 2008 to 2014.[5] The gallery was featured on a limited edition 2015 An Post stamp, which was part of a series along with the BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition, celebrating recent Irish scientific achievements.[5]


The gallery hosts a number of exhibitions every year of varying length. Science Gallery Dublin's opening show was LIGHTWAVE in early 2008,[2] and has since gone on to host forty other shows including shows the way we perceive - SEEING - and the future of work - HUMANS NEED NOT APPLY.[6] A component of a number of the exhibitions is the ability for the public to participate in ongoing research. Examples of this are the collection of data on the water consumption and showering habits of visitors to the HOME/SICK exhibition WashLab.[7]

Science Gallery International[edit]

The remit of the gallery has expanded over the years, with it now organising events such as TEDxDublin and Dublin Maker. Some of the exhibitions now travel internationally, with ILLUSION travelling to San Diego, and BIORHYTHM exhibited in Taiwan.[5] Science Gallery Dublin is now part of an international group - the Global Science Gallery Network - administrated by Science Gallery International (SGI), which has the aim of setting up eight similar galleries across the world by 2020, supported by Google[3] and the Wellcome Trust.[8] The first of which will be in London in collaboration with King's College London, and is due to open in 2016. In 2014, the plans for a Science Gallery in Bangalore, India were announced, with the gallery planned to open in 2018, Science Gallery Melbourne with the University of Melbourne was announced in 2016. The SGI has an agreement to open a gallery with the City College of New York[9] and in late 2016 announced Science Gallery Venice with Ca' Foscari in Venice[10][11].


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  2. ^ a b "The Science Gallery launched at TCD with LIGHTWAVE exhibition". Trinity News and Events. Retrieved 5 June 2015. 
  3. ^ a b Ryan, Susan (14 Dec 2011). "Google donates €1million to Ireland’s Science Gallery". The Journal. Retrieved 5 June 2015. 
  4. ^ Cullen, Paul (3 Feb 2012). "Rise in cultural and heritage visitors". The Irish Times. Retrieved 5 June 2015. 
  5. ^ a b c Riggs, Samuel. "Science Gallery Honoured With Own Stamp". The University Times. Retrieved 5 June 2015. 
  6. ^ "Previous seasons at Science Gallery". Science Gallery Dublin. Retrieved 5 June 2015. 
  7. ^ Ahlstrom, Dick (20 April 2015). "Science Gallery shows us that home is where the heart and the hazards are". The Irish Times. Retrieved 5 June 2015. 
  8. ^ Doyle, Carmel. "Science Gallery to spawn its innovative formula in London, with new €8.2m funding". Silicon Republic. Retrieved 5 June 2015. 
  9. ^ "New Science Gallery announced for India". King's College London. Retrieved 5 June 2015. 
  10. ^ "Announcing Science Gallery Venice | Science Gallery Venice". Retrieved 2017-01-23. 
  11. ^ "Science Gallery - DVRI - Distretto Veneziano della Ricerca e dell'Innovazione". (in Italian). Retrieved 2017-01-23.