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Igniting Curiosity, Shaping Futures

Science kid

Our Mission


At the NCSC, our goal is to spark a lifelong journey of discovery. We aim to captivate young minds and old with the limitless wonders of science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics. We seek to ignite a passion for these subjects, guiding our visitors towards the endless possibilities of a life working in STEAM.

NCSC is dedicated to positioning Ireland as a global frontrunner in STEAM education, nurturing creativity and positive engagement for a thriving natural world.

Location & Building


The NCSC is excited to bring life to the North Wing of Earlsfort Terrace in the centre of Dublin. We will share this historic former university building with the National Concert Hall. The provision by the state of this landmark building together with the undertaking by the Office of Public Works, to refurbish the North Wing and build the Planetarium underscores the commitment by the State to this project.


Some 150 years ago, the Great International Exhibition of 1865 was located on the same site and had as it its objectives ‘…. to supply a want which long existed in this City, that is, of a structure where the Citizens might enjoy rational recreation combined with the elevating influence of the Arts.’ (Page 5 of the Official Catalogue, International Exhibition Arts and Manufactures, Dublin 1865).


The NCSC site will comprise the renovated North Wing with a new extension built at the back incorporating a state-of-the-art Planetarium. In addition, rhyming with history, a tunnel will link this main building with the old UCD Engineering Laboratory which will also be fully renovated to house temporary and travelling exhibitions. 


The overall footprint of the NCSC will be ca. 9,500 square metres (100,000 sq. ft), with 2,500 square metres (27,000 sq. ft) of permanent exhibition space and 500 square metres (5,300 sq ft) of temporary exhibition space. 

National Concert Hall Dublin
Kids doing a chemical experiment in laboratory

Learn and Explore


NCSC champions 'learning by doing.’ Our interactive exhibits, each a testament to different scientific principles, will be designed to engage and educate. Globally, interactive science centres are key tools for educators, complementing science curricula with practical, hands-on experiences.

Our engagement strategy extends beyond the building's walls, emphasising national education programmes that will encompass both formal and informal learning. These initiatives will bridge schools and industries, benefiting urban and rural communities across Ireland.

NCSC will serve as a national beacon of interactive learning, featuring an extensive outreach program. Our exhibitions, both physical and digital, will tour nationally, supported by a dynamic online presence through our website and app.

Our exhibits will focus on the six major transformations outlined in the U.N Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs):

  1. Digital Revolution

  2. Smart Cities

  3. Food Biosphere & Water

  4. Decarbonization & Energy

  5. Consumption & Production

  6. Human Capacity & Demography. 


These transformations represent the urgent shifts needed to forge a fairer, more sustainable world.

The Story Behind our Pulsar Logo


Our graphic inspiration is the Pulsar Map from the Golden Record on the Voyager spacecraft. Astronomer and astrophysicist Frank Drake designed the map, working with fellow astronomer Carl Sagan and artist and writer Linda Salzman Sagan.

Voyager golden record

Here is a picture of the Golden record, courtesy of NASA. The starburst-like diagram that you can see on the bottom left hand corner is called a pulsar map. It shows the location of our sun relative to known pulsars.

Pulsars are the rapidly spinning remains of dying stars—the leftover cores of supernova explosions. They are only about 12 to 15 miles in diameter, but most contain more than twice the mass of our sun.


Their rapid spin and intense magnetic fields cause the pulsars to emit very specific wavelengths of light, which flash like the beam from a lighthouse every time they pass across our field of view.

Each pulsar has its own signature pulse rate, making them easy to identify, and ideal as reference points on a map. Frank Drake used 14 pulsars to create a map with our sun at the centre. Each pulsar is connected to the sun by a solid line. The length of the line represents the pulses approximate relative distance from the sun.

Pulsars were discovered by one of Ireland's greatest scientists. Professor Jocelyn Bell Burnell from Lurgan discovered pulsars in 1967 while she was a postgraduate student at Cambridge University.

The image connects us to humanity's farthest journey, a piece of our curiosity travelling since 1977 and still teaching us. Our graphic is dynamic and messy, giving a sense of explosion, a spark of curiosity, of excitement, discovery.

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