University of Melbourne Magazine

$4 million for Science Gallery Melbourne

  • Science Gallery Melbourne has received a generous donation of $4 million from Ruth and Peter McMullin (BCom, LLB 1974) ahead of its opening in late 2020.

    Impression of the Science Gallery Melbourne

    Established as a space where science and art collide, Science Gallery creates unique and interactive exhibitions with the goal of nurturing young people’s interest in STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics).

    Announcing their gift during National Science Week, the McMullins said they believed the gallery had the potential to make a genuine impact on young people’s lives.

    “By placing young people at the centre of programs, the Gallery genuinely reflects their voices and concerns,” they said.

    “The Gallery provides experiences that are transformative at a crucial time in a young person’s life. We believe Science Gallery will have a lasting impact on the future and consider this gift an investment in Australia’s next generation of scientific and creative trailblazers.”

    As the first Australian node of an international network, Science Gallery Melbourne will open as part of Melbourne Connect, the University’s new innovation precinct on the former Royal Women’s Hospital site at the intersection of Swanston and Grattan Streets. Melbourne Connect will incorporate research, industry, government and students in a single, purpose-built location.

    The McMullins’ gift includes an expectation that Science Gallery Melbourne will use this opportunity to secure match funding from other supporters and friends.