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 Science and Industry Museum 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.
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

The Forgotten Showman

The Forgotten Showman

  • 22 November 2019 — 29 March 2020 *on now

Discover how Robert Paul, the forgotten pioneer of cinematography, invented British cinema.

The year is 1894—a time of competition and innovation. Young engineer Robert Paul is sitting in his workshop when two businessmen arrive with the proposition of a lifetime.

Discover the beginnings of a new industry, enter the magic of the music hall and witness the race for the next big thing in entertainment: cinema. In the heart of Bradford, the world’s first UNESCO City of Film, we are proud to reveal this forgotten hero of cinema, 150 years after his birth.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Free entry

Website

https://www.scienceandmediamuseum.org.uk/whats-on/forgotten-showman

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.
Telecast from the Moon - image

From the Moon to your living room: the Apollo 11 broadcast

https://www.scienceandmediamuseum.org.uk/objects-and-stories/moon-to-living-room-apollo-11-broadcast

The Moon landing was one of the biggest television events in history, reaching an estimated 650 million viewers. Discover the story of the planning and technological development that led to this incredible milestone in broadcasting.

Creator

  • National Science and Media Museum

Publisher

  • National Science and Media Museum
Robert Paul and the race to invent cinema

Robert Paul and the race to invent cinema

https://www.scienceandmediamuseum.org.uk/objects-and-stories/robert-paul-race-to-invent-cinema

Robert Paul was one of the most important and prolific figures in Victorian cinema. This forgotten pioneer of cinematography created equipment, business practices and filmmaking techniques that helped to shape the film industry as we know it today.

Creator

  • National Science and Media Museum

Publisher

  • National Science and Media Museum
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
Jack of Diamonds playing card hit by a .30 calibre bullet, Harold Edgerton, 1970

The history of photography in pictures

https://www.scienceandmediamuseum.org.uk/objects-and-stories/history-photography

From 1835 to the early 21st century, our curators have picked some of the most important and memorable images in our care, providing a fascinating glimpse into the history of photography.

Creator

  • National Science and Media Museum

Publisher

  • National Science and Media Museum

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

01274 202 030

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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