Workstations

Take your trays of specimens to a workstation, where you can handle and examine them in more detail. With a computer, magnifiers, microscopes and measuring tools at your disposal everyone has the right equipment to be a scientist.

Each workstation has six spaces, with enough room at each space for two students. The computers at each workstation contain specially designed software that will help you find out more about many of the specimens, in Investigate and elsewhere in the Museum.

You'll also find Qcards at each workstation. These match specific trays of specimens and offer clues, cues and suggestions for further investigation.

At each workstation in Investigate you will find a set of tools to enable you to conduct your investigations:

  • micrometers
  • tape measure
  • graduated calipers
  • hand lens
  • bow calipers
  • tweezers
  • pencil
  • eraser
  • ruler
  • electric scales
  • magnifying camera
  • balancing scale
Cartoon image of a hatchet fish on a museum pass

In World War II the Museum was used as a secret base to develop new gadgets for allied spies, including an exploding rat!