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The Shine Dome


We’ve got events down to a fine science.

Welcome to the Shine Dome


The Australian Academy of Science’s Shine Dome and its custom-designed furniture were created to reflect the inquiring and innovative nature of science. It was the first Canberra building to be added to the National Heritage List, for its historical and architectural significance.

A Canberra landmark since its construction in 1959, the Shine Dome has received numerous awards and is one of seven projects the Royal Australian Institute of Architects has nominated to the World Register of Significant Twentieth Century Architecture.

We have a variety of venue spaces for small to large groups and invite you to explore our unique venue offerings.

Celebrate science

Dedicate a copper tile to an Australian scientist.




Ian Potter House Ballroom

The Ian Potter House Ballroom is a versatile space, illuminated by natural light.

Dorothy Hill Room

The Dorothy Hill Room is a space that is easily transformed to the setup of your choice.

Fenner Room

The Fenner Room is an intimate meeting room that can be set in various configurations based on requirements.

Becker Room

The Becker Room is a grand boardroom bathed in natural light and equipped with modern AV facilities.

Ian Wark Theatre

Our main auditorium, the Ian Wark Theatre, is located under the soaring apex of the dome.

Jaeger Room

The Jaeger Room is a versatile space, bathed in natural light.



From freshly baked breakfast fare to grand banquets, we can do it all. Choose from our many catering options or work with us to develop your own menu for a special or themed occasion.



Take a virtual tour

Embark on a seamless virtual journey through the Shine Dome building by following the these simple steps. Click the Play button below to explore our venue, wait for it to load. Once the map opens, double-click to enter and exit full screen more. Navigate with ease using your mouse or touch screen, and click on the circle. Immerse yourself in the world of innovation and science with the Shine Dome building virtual tour today!