National Media Museum

National Media Museum
Princes Way
West Yorkshire




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0844 856 3797


01274 203404

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National Media Museum
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As part of the Science Museum Group, the decision to locate the Museum in Bradford was driven by the city's historic contribution to the development of cinema and film-making in the UK, and the desire to make the National Collections accessible to a wider audience.

From its outset the Museum has set new standards in display and interactivity. Visitors can obtain a hands-on experience of the media, learning how television cameras work or trying their hand at animation among other activities.

Special events bring you face-to-face with leading photographers, stars and programme makers, allowing you to ask the questions you want answered. Three film festivals bring you the very best in new and classic film. We have an excellent educational offer for schools and colleges. Look out for our special half term family events and the return of sleepovers.

Above all, the Museum invites you explore the media, the world it presents and to think again.

Venue Type:


Opening hours

Daily 1000-1800
Cinemas open till late.

Closed: Christmas Day

Admission charges

General Museum Admission Free.
Charges apply for IMAX, Shop, Cafe & Cinemas

The Museum's renowned collection includes more than three million items of historical, social and cultural value. These include three key 'firsts': the world's first negative, the earliest television footage and what is regarded as the world's first example of moving pictures – Louis Le Prince's 1888 film of Leeds Bridge. Alongside this you will find the Playschool toys, the longest-established IMAX cinema and the only publicly accessible Cinerama cinema in the world.

Collection details

Archives, Film and Media, Personalities, Photography, Science and Technology, Social History

Key artists and exhibits

  • The world's first negative
  • The earliest television footage
  • Louis Le Prince's 1888 film of Leeds Bridge (regarded as the world's first example of moving pictures)
  • The Playschool toys (Humpty, Jemima, Big Ted and Little Ted) and Dapple the rocking horse, as well as the three windows (round, square and arched) and the cuckoo clock from the BBC TV programme.
Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.
Eggcam - Penguins Spy in the Huddle

Nature, Camera, Action! The Secrets of Making Incredible Wildlife Films

  • 12 October 2014 — 18 October 2019 *on now

Try to imagine the deepest oceans, the coldest continents, the most fearsome animals – wildlife filmmakers and photographers have faced it all in the pursuit of the perfect shot. This summer, let us take you and your family on an incredible journey as you discover how programmes like Frozen Planet and Deadly 60 are made.

Come and be amazed by pictures of insect wings taken in the 1840s and try to spot the cameras disguised as animals. You will see how photographers and filmmakers capture sounds and speeds beyond our human senses, and how ‘spy cams’ allow us get up close and personal with predators.

The whole family can their hands on exhibits that demonstrate the challenges wildlife filmmakers face and how they overcome them. You will be able to pick up an explorer's backpack full of tools to help discover this incredible world. You’ll also be able to pick up some simple tips and tricks to help you create amazing nature films on your own doorstep – upload them to the Nature Camera Action Flickr group and they could even feature in the exhibition!

With activities and events announced throughout the summer, there’s something for the whole family to enjoy together.

Suitable for

  • Any age


Revelations: Experiments in Photography

  • 19 November 2015 — 7 February 2016

Showcasing some of the first and rarest examples of scientific photography, Revelations explores how the incidental aesthetics of ground-breaking techniques pioneered by figures like William Henry Fox Talbot, Eadweard Muybridge and Harold Edgerton have inspired diverse artistic responses.

From the 1840s, scientists were using photography to record phenomena too large, too small or too fast for the human eye to see. William Henry Fox Talbot’s experiments with microphotography, some of the earliest scientific photographs ever made, will be on show alongside striking works by contemporary artists including Hiroshi Sugimoto.

Co-curated by Greg Hobson, Curator of Photographs at the National Media Museum, and Dr Benedict Burbridge of the University of Sussex, the exhibition will explore how art and science have been used to show phenomena which, thanks to the limits of human physiology, were previously invisible.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly
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.

Animation Toolkit

Animation is a fantastic tool to use when exploring almost any theme or subject – from French to fractions, Healthy Eating to History. This learning journey offers some easy-to use techniques for getting started with animation in the classroom.


  • This resource was produced as part of the MLA-funded My Learning project.