National Science and Media Museum

Exterior of National Science and Media Museum
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At the National Science and Media Museum, we explore the science and culture of light and sound technologies and their impact on our lives. We aim to inspire the scientists and engineers of the future to see more, hear more, think more and do more.

Our galleries and exhibition spaces help us illuminate world-famous collections in photography, film and television. Our team of Explainers create learning activities that fuel the imagination and get under the skin of our collections and exhibitions. And our three cinema screens—including an IMAX theatre—allow us to showcase the magic of moving images from around the world in Bradford, the first UNESCO City of Film.

We’re part of the Science Museum Group, along with the Science Museum in London, the Museum of Science and Industry in Manchester, the National Railway Museum in York, and Locomotion in Shildon.

Venue Type:

Museum

Opening hours

Daily, 10.00–18.00. Open bank holidays, Easter and New Year. Closed 25–26 December.

Admission charges

Entry to the museum is free. Charges apply for cinemas.

The National Science and Media Museum is home to more than 3 million items of historical and cultural significance.

Our collection is devoted to the science and culture of image and sound. It includes three pivotal firsts: the world’s earliest known surviving negative, the earliest television footage, and the camera that made the earliest moving pictures in Britain.

Collection details

Archives, Film and Media, Photography, Science and Technology

Key artists and exhibits

  • The world's first negative
  • The earliest television footage
  • The camera that made the earliest moving pictures in Britain
  • Louis Le Prince's 1888 films Roundhay Garden Scene and Traffic Crossing Leeds Bridge
  • BBC Collection
  • Kodak Collection
  • Daily Herald Archive
  • Tony Ray-Jones Archive
  • Hammer Films collection
Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.
Children in the Animation Gallery

Animation Gallery

  • 1 January 2014 — 1 January 2020 *on now

Love Wallace and Gromit? Remember Morph? Discover original models and artwork from over 100 animations. See science in action as still images come to life!

Explore the history of animation and animated images—including animation produced right here in the UK. See some favourite characters, look back at animation through the ages, and discover how animators work their magic.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly
  • Any age

Website

https://www.scienceandmediamuseum.org.uk/whats-on/animation-gallery

Visitors in the Games Lounge

Games Lounge

  • 1 January 2014 — 1 January 2020 *on now

Play your way through classic games, from Pac-Man to Super Mario Kart. Learn about the history of videogaming. Discover the story behind a global phenomenon.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

https://www.scienceandmediamuseum.org.uk/whats-on/games-lounge

Visitors in the BFI Mediatheque

BFI Mediatheque

  • 1 November 2014 — 1 January 2020 *on now

Grab a booth in the BFI Mediatheque and discover the best, rarest and most extraordinary films and TV programmes from the BFI National Archive.

Simply log on at a viewing station and choose from over 2,500 highlights from the BFI National Archive, the world’s greatest and most diverse collection of film and television, free of charge.

From home movies to feature films, documentaries to kids’ TV, many titles have rarely been seen since their original release or broadcast.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly
  • Any age

Website

https://www.scienceandmediamuseum.org.uk/whats-on/bfi-mediatheque

Visitors in the TV Gallery

TV Gallery

  • 1 November 2014 — 1 January 2020 *on now

Explore the development, significance and cultural impact of one of the most influential inventions of the 20th century: television.

Why do we have adverts on TV, and how much are we influenced by what we see? Explore the exciting world of television in our TV Gallery.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly
  • Any age

Website

https://www.scienceandmediamuseum.org.uk/whats-on/tv-gallery

Visitors in the Kodak Gallery

Kodak Gallery

  • 1 November 2014 — 1 January 2020 *on now

Take a journey through the history of photography. Step into a 19th century portrait studio, see hundreds of incredible objects from our collection, and watch the world’s first moving colour film.

From the very first photographs to digital snaps, discover the history of photography in the Kodak Gallery.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly
  • Any age

Website

https://www.scienceandmediamuseum.org.uk/whats-on/kodak-gallery

Visitors in Life Online

Life Online

  • 1 November 2014 — 1 January 2020 *on now

How did our lives change when the internet was born? Find out in the world’s first gallery dedicated to the social, technological and cultural impact of the web.

Follow the history of the internet around Life Online. From the very first online communities to the latest ideas, uncover how it has transformed our lives and society.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly
  • Any age

Website

https://www.scienceandmediamuseum.org.uk/whats-on/life-online

Visitors in the Mirror Maze at Wonderlab

Wonderlab

  • 23 March 2017 — 1 January 2023 *on now

Think like a scientist in Wonderlab, our newest and most interactive gallery exploring light and sound through mind-bending exhibits and spectacular live shows.

Touch, try and photograph your experience as you navigate your way through more than 20 exhibits. Hear your voice echo through a 15m-long tube, get lost in mirrors, make art using light, and travel through a laser tunnel.

Live experiments and extraordinary experiences will take you on a journey, changing how you see the world around you.

Suitable for

  • Any age
  • Especially for children
  • Family friendly

Admission

Free ticket required

Website

https://www.scienceandmediamuseum.org.uk/whats-on/wonderlab

Action Replay

Action Replay

  • 13 July — 30 September 2018 *on now

Did you know it was a British inventor who first broadcast an outdoor event on TV? Or that snooker got a huge boost in popularity when colour television was introduced?

From the very first TV cameras to the latest developments in videogames, media technology has shaped how we view sport—and the way we watch some of the world’s biggest events has inspired surprising innovations. In this exhibition you can go behind the scenes to discover the tech, kit and tricks of the trade used to capture the drama of live sport.

Explore the amazing stories behind unforgettable TV moments, find out how sports events are transmitted around the world, and see how eSports are changing the game. Step into a TV studio and try your hand at being a commentator—do you have what it takes to keep up with the action as it happens?

Suitable for

  • Family friendly
  • Any age

Website

https://www.scienceandmediamuseum.org.uk/whats-on/action-replay

Visitors wearing VR headsets

Alternate Realities

  • 5 — 14 October 2018

Step into another world with highlights of the Alternate Realities programme from the UK’s premier documentary festival, Sheffield Doc/Fest. We will play host to three free exhibits exploring ideas around home, identity and technology.

Investigate new and innovative ways of storytelling as you become immersed in another life, discover how a machine sees you, and engage in an intimate interaction with the other side of the world.

Suitable for

  • 14-15
  • 18+
  • 16-17

Admission

Free

Website

https://www.scienceandmediamuseum.org.uk/whats-on/alternate-realities

Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.
Midas XL3 mixing desk

BBC Music Day

  • 28 September 2018 6-10:45pm

Join us for an evening of music magic!

As part of BBC Music Day, bringing generations and communities together through music, we present an evening of special guests sharing their experience in the music industry, alongside a film exploring the incredible artistry of Patti Smith.

We’ll delve behind the scenes to discover the technological secrets of live performances, discover how to get ahead in music production, and introduce you to an amazing new addition to our collection.

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

Talks and tour are free. Cinema ticket charges apply to film screening.

Website

https://www.scienceandmediamuseum.org.uk/whats-on/bbc-music-day

Still from How the West Was Won

Widescreen Weekend 2018

  • 11 — 14 October 2018

Widescreen Weekend is a unique festival of large-screen formats and cinema technologies celebrating the past, present and future of film.

Enjoy a long weekend of big, bold and wide cinema experiences as we showcase the museum’s fantastic projection facilities. Glorious 70mm screenings, new Cinerama restorations and great guests will remind you why going to the movies is so magical.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Ticket prices vary depending on event type

Website

https://www.scienceandmediamuseum.org.uk/whats-on/widescreen-weekend

A child taking part in an activity as part of The Dengineers

The Dengineers Half Term

  • 20 October — 4 November 2018

Plan it, design it, build it! This October half term, we’re bringing you lots of inventive activities and events inspired by CBBC’s The Dengineers.

Find out if you’ve got the problem-solving, big-thinking, team-working skills to be a Dengineer. Investigate construction materials, pick up top tips, and get stuck into one of our family challenges!

Don't miss our Meet the Dengineers events - presenter Lauren Layfield and designers Tony Broomhead and Satwinder Samra will be dropping in to the museum on selected dates!

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

All activities are free. Family shows and Meet the Dengineers events are free but booking is required.

Website

https://www.scienceandmediamuseum.org.uk/whats-on/dengineers-half-term

Resources listed here may include websites, bookable tours and workshops, books, loan boxes and more. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all.
Schoolchildren visiting the museum

Science Museum Group learning resources

https://learning-resources.sciencemuseum.org.uk/

This website brings together resources from our museums, including activities, games and videos. Discover activities to support a range of curriculum topics for use in the classroom, in museum galleries and beyond.

Publisher

  • Science Museum Group

National Science and Media Museum
Pictureville
Bradford
West Yorkshire
BD1 1NQ
England

Website

https://www.scienceandmediamuseum.org.uk/

E-mail

General Enquiries

talk.nsmm@scienceandmediamuseum.org.uk

Telephone

General Enquiries

0844 856 3797

All information is drawn from or provided by the venues themselves and every effort is made to ensure it is correct. Please remember to double check opening hours with the venue concerned before making a special visit.
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