National Science and Media Museum Visitor Guide

The National Science and Museum Museum is a great indoor family-friendly place to visit, not only that but it’s free (a small charge applies to the games room now if you want to go in, but it’s not essential).

The museum can be found in the centre of the city of Bradford in West Yorkshire. It is a great place for kids to learn while having fun and there is a mix of permanent and temporary exhibitions. You can even watch an IMAX film here (there is a charge for this). Although the museum is free it is advised that you book a timeslot online in advance.

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There is little point in me covering the current temporary exhibitions in great detail as they change every few months. The current two temporary exhibitions are due to end in early December and both are interactive exhibitions where you can experiment with and learn more about sound.

Wonderlab Gallery

The main gallery that we loved the most during our visit is their permanent Wonderlab gallery. The gallery is relatively new so there are some pretty high tech interactive exhibits in there. There are 20 to work your way around and many are pretty unique to the museum. It still makes me giggle how green my nose is!

National Science and Media Museum Visitor Guide
National Science and Media Museum

In Wonderlab you can hear your voice echo through a tube, see your body heat in a series of colours and get completely lost in a mirror maze. You can also attempt to photograph water, see what sound looks like in patterns, travel through a laser tunnel and more. It’s a great place for kids to learn how things ‘work’

National Science and Media Museum Visitor Guide

The Games Lounge

The Games Lounge is another of their permanent galleries that kids (and adults) will really love. In one of their rooms, they have a great number of arcade and retro games set up ready for you to play. Classic games include Pac-man, Super Mario Kart, Gauntlet, Space Invaders and more.

It’s great fun and great for kids to see how games have evolved, especially how they used to be compared to now. They have a selection of games consoles you can play with including Commodore, Atari, Nintendo and Sega. This gallery now has a small charge to visit. Some of the games used to be free and some took coins. They have recently introduced a charge of £2 per person instead. This can be pre-booked with your free admission ticket.

National Science and Media Museum Visitor Guide

Kodak Gallery

Another of their permanent galleries is the Kodak Gallery. This takes you through the history of photography. In the gallery, you can step inside a 19th-century portrait studio and see hundreds of photography-related objects. You can even watch the world’s first moving colour film. There are a few interactive exhibits in this gallery to keep kids interested and learn more about what they are looking at.

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The animation gallery is their third permanent gallery and inside you can see original models and artwork from over 100 animations. Inside you should spot many of your favourite characters such as Morph, the Wombles, Wallace and Gromit, the Smash Martians and more. This one is more for the adults than the kids although kids will enjoy having a go at making their own animation and creating spinning/moving images.

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Experience TV Gallery

The fourth and final permanent gallery is Experience TV. My son found this exhibit the least interesting and we didn’t spend long looking around. It explores the impact and power of TV on our lives. You are taught about the history of television but everything is more aimed at older children and adults.

If you have some more time to kill there are some massive fountains in the square in front of the museum. Next time we visit I think we might check out the nearby Bradford Police Museum, especially as you can book a tour of the original Victorian cells, my son would love that!

Bradford Fountains

National Science and Media Museum FAQ & Further Information

Address: Pictureville, Bradford BD1 1NQ, South Yorkshire

Category – Museum – Indoors – Suitable for all ages.

What are the ticket prices?

FREE – the museum is free to visit. Prebooking a slot is advised. The games room now has a charge of £2 per person but is not essential to your visit.

What are the main facilities and things to do?

Museum with permanent and temporary exhibitions. There are plenty of interactive exhibits and a retro games room plus an IMAX cinema. There are toilets and a cafe.

When are they open?

They are open Wednesday to Sunday for most of the year.

Is there food available?

There is a cafe serving limited hot and cold food and drinks.

Is there parking?

There is no on-site parking. There are pay and display car parks a short walk away from the museum.

Are they dog friendly?

Only assistance dogs are permitted.

Are they accessible?

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