In your quest to explore the fascinating world of mathematics, the Mathema Gallery beckons as Australia's premier mathematics museum. Founded by the dynamic duo, Dr Calvin and Rosemary Irons, this museum in Moreton Bay, just north of Brisbane, offers a unique and engaging experience, making it a must-visit destination for both mathematics enthusiasts and those with inquisitive minds.
With a combined experience of over 50 years in mathematics education, Dr Calvin and Rosemary have established a remarkable legacy in the field. Originally from the U.S., they taught and studied in various states before settling in Australia. Their tenure at Queensland University of Technology significantly impacted mathematics curricula for primary schools.
These dedicated educators have authored and co-authored 600+ books and articles in mathematics, with Dr Calvin continuing to contribute to the field through writing. Their lifelong dedication to the subject led to the accumulation of a vast collection of mathematical artefacts, artwork, books, and more. With no children of their own to share it with, they have decided to share this treasure trove with the community through the Mathema Gallery.
Read more about Dr Calvin and Rosemary Iron's story here.
Located in Ocean View, Moreton Bay, near Brisbane, The Mathema Gallery is more than just a museum; it's a place to visually immerse yourself in the history of mathematics. This 500 m² building offers a range of activities and exhibits that cater to all age groups, from primary school students to adults with a passion for mathematics.
The Hand of Plato sculpture: An original sculptural artwork showcasing the hand of Plato with each of the five Platonic Solids balanced on different fingertips, a symbolic representation of sacred geometric objects.
Interactive Wall: A nearly four-meter-long interactive touchscreen offering a timeline of key milestones in mathematics history.
Gallery Activity Worksheets: Interactive paper and pencil activities designed for primary and secondary school students, as well as adults, to further engage with the gallery displays.
Library: Home to one of the largest collections of mathematics books in the country, including contemporary works and rare books dating back centuries.
The Mathema Gallery provides a historical and educational tour through the world of mathematics.
Opening hours: Thursday through Sunday 10am-4pm
Cost: General admission = FREE | School excursions and guided tours = A nominal fee
Discover the fascinating world of mathematics at the Mathema Gallery in Ocean View, Moreton Bay, and be a part of a unique educational experience.