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What is Engineering?  (4 minutes 17 seconds)  University of Newcastle's Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment

Engineering explained - from mobile phones to the Burj Khalifa (the world's tallest building), computer games and toothpaste to the Sydney Harbour Bridge and aeroplanes.


Kid Engineer: Walker Wheeler | Design Squad (4 min 18 secs)

Kid Engineer Sadie explains how she designed and built a wheelchair that turns into a walker.


Growing Plants with Fish (Aquaponics) | Design Squad (4 min 48 secs)

Did you know you can grow plants using pipes, water, and fish instead of soil? Kid Engineer Rikalize shows how she designed and built her own aquaponics farm.


Turning Waste Into Energy | Dan Sweeney | Design Squad (5 min 11 secs)

Watch as engineer Dan Sweeney travels to Uganda and demonstrates how to turn waste into energy.


How Your Heart Works | 6:14

The heart continuously pumps blood throughout your body, but how does it work? Find out how the heart works within the circulatory system and distributes blood from our head to our toes!


How Your Eyes Work | 5:08

Your eyes see, but how does vision happen? Find out how the eyes and brain work together to give us the ability to see!


How Your Skin Works | 6:28

You couldn't live without the skin you're in. Find out what's going on under the surface and in your skin!


This film is included in the cost of your general admission ticket purchase.

Sidebar Boxes
  • MembersFree
  • Child 2 & UnderFree
  • Non-member, Adult:$10
  • Non-member, Child (3-12):$8
  • Non-member, Senior (65+)$8
  • DeBakey Cell Lab:$5 ($3 for Members)


  • Monday - Saturday9AM-5PM
  • Thursday9AM-7PM
  • Sunday12PM-5PM

Closed on Thanksgiving Day and Christmas

Free Family Thursday 2 PM - 7 PM

DeBakey Cell Lab Hours

What people are saying

My son learned about DNA, bodily functions and fingerprints. These are all items than he has not fully learned in school.


A different perspective was introduced to my students during their time at the museum. The focus on Heath care professions gives them an idea on what is out there in real world as a future professional option.

J. Yosyula

Museum camps enabled my grandchild to learn many facts about the brain and have a hands-on experience. She also made new friends. A good way to start summer vacation.

D. Henson

Other Exhibits


Now - January 1, 2018

In this powerful exhibit featuring the photography of Howard G. Buffett, 40 photographs document the world hunger crisis as part of a global awareness campaign. Traveling to more than 137 countries, Buffett turned his camera lens on the powerful forces that fuel hunger and poverty.


September 30 - January 1, 2018

Human Plus: Real Lives + Real Engineering, an engaging exhibition, shows how we all can use our ingenuity to build body replacements, develop brain-machine interfaces, and engineer unique assistive tools that push human potential beyond limits.


DeBakey Cell Lab

You don’t need to be a scientist to enter, but you’ll feel like one when you leave! Gear up with a lab coat, gloves and goggles and travel through experiment stations in both English and Spanish.


Take a larger-than-life walking tour through the human body and learn more about how your major organs work in this permanent exhibit.