Discovery centre turns 20





The Geotime Diorama 
exhibition 
area takes 
you back 
more than 200 million years and 
features 
animatronic prehistoric creatures. 
— Photos: FAIHAN GHANI/The Star

The Geotime Diorama exhibition area takes you back more than 200 million years and features animatronic prehistoric creatures. — Photos: FAIHAN GHANI/The Star

AS drumrolls filled the air, a big burst of confetti signalled the launch of the 20th anniversary celebration of Petrosains, The Discovery Centre in Suria KLCC.

Visitors who thronged the centre to join in the celebration were surprised by a one-day free admission treat.

The first 20 families also received goodie bags containing Petrosains’ 20th anniversary merchandise.

Petrosains is marking this significant milestone with a slew of festivities until Sunday.

Petrosains chief executive officer Fedora Zulkifli said the celebration was a way to thank everyone who has supported the centre over the years.

“It is because of the support from visitors, the community, employees as well as the Government, relevant agencies, corporate sector and industry players that we have been able to grow from a science discovery centre to a globally recognised institution.

“Petrosains provides informal learning of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) and is regarded as an important supporting component in the nation’s education landscape.

Ismayati Ismail, 35, and her children experiencing one of the exhibits in the Space area.
Ismayati Ismail, 35, and her children experiencing one of the exhibits in the Space area.

“As the corporate social responsibility platform of Petronas in the pillar of education, we hope to deliver more creative and impactful learning experiences that will inspire people, especially the younger generation, in STEM,” she added.

Throughout the week-long celebration, visitors can enjoy 20% off admission tickets and selected items at the Xplorasi Gift Shop.

Visitors can learn about the science centre’s milestones featured on an elaborate wall mural, taking them down memory lane from its humble beginnings to where it is today.

They can also look forward to creating memories at the centre’s 20th anniversary photo booth as well as experience fun and educational hands-on interactive workshops.

The centre will be buzzing with activities such as science shows, workshops on 3D elements and Robotics and Internet of Things (IoT), special musical performance, science and magical busking, flash mobs, science talks by Malaysia’s Young Scientist Network, Petrosains trivia, and after-hours engagement session.

Classic science shows such as Popping Coins and Cryogenic will also be brought back during the momentous occasion.

Fedora (centre) and the centre’s senior management with Pepper, the latest robotic addition to Petrosains.
Fedora (centre) and the centre’s senior management with Pepper, the latest robotic addition to Petrosains.

“Beyond 2019, we aspire to bring Petrosains to the next level and be a world-class global science centre through positive customer experiences and engagements, impactful educational programmes and upgraded exhibits.

“We also look forward to more partnerships and collaboration with other parties for the common purpose of strengthening support towards the national education agenda in the learning of STEM,” said Fedora.

The celebration, which coincides with the school holidays, is a perfect time for a fun family day out.

Seizing the opportunity for a family trip was Hasrul Nadzley Adam from Taiping, Perak.

“Petrosains was in our itinerary for this trip so I called last week to ask for some details before making our way here.

“I was informed that there will be special treats during the first day of Petrosains’ anniversary celebration and we were very excited about it as this would be our first visit to the centre,” said the 39-year-old bank officer after getting off the Dark Ride with his wife, Halimatun Mohd Khalid, 38, and their three children.

Visitors gathering at the Galleria as No Noise Percussion performs in conjunction with the 20th anniversary celebration of Petrosains, The Discovery Centre at Suria KLCC.

Another first-timer to Petrosains was Ang Ting Ting from Johor Baru, who was checking out the animatronic dinosaurs at the Geotime Diorama exhibition area with her family.

“This was the first time we travelled to Kuala Lumpur during the school holidays.

“We didn’t know about the special treats offered during the celebration and were delighted that admission was free today,” said the 45-year-old housewife.

Taking a family wefie at the Petrosains 20th anniversary photo booth in the Galleria was 13-year-old Sakttiswar Kaleedas Selvadurai, who had only just arrived from Johor Baru with his family.

“We could feel the fun and excitement the moment we stepped inside the centre.

Visitors getting the chance to build their own terrarium.
Visitors getting the chance to build their own terrarium.

“This is also our first family trip to Petrosains and we are looking forward to spending the day here,” he said.

The celebration will also be extended to Petrosains PlaySmart satellite centres in Kuantan, Johor Baru and Kota Kinabalu.

Petrosains is located on the fourth floor of Suria KLCC in Kuala Lumpur, and admission is from 9.30am to 5.30pm daily.

For further details, visit www.petrosains.com.my/20th-anniversary