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“Great day out for all the family”

National Science and Media Museum
Ranked #11 of 88 things to do in Bradford
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: The National Science and Media Museum is a fabulous free museum in Bradford, West Yorkshire devoted to the science and culture of light and sound technologies. Filled with fun educational exhibits, including the state-of-the-art Wonderlab gallery, three cinema screens including the IMAX 3D cinema (charges apply), the museum also hosts events for children and festivals covering animation, retro TV, film and more.The National Science and Media Museum is a fun day out in Bradford for the whole family.
Reviewed 22 August 2014

We visited the museum on 21st August. There were 5 of us in our group aged 69 down to 6 months and we all had a lovely day. We arrived at 12pm and stayed until 5pm with 3 shattered children. There was plenty to see for all ages, dad and I enjoyed reminiscing about the TV programmes and various bits of photography and media equipment from our younger days whilst the children loved the production floor and the magic room. Even the baby enjoyed the magic room, laughing at himself in the mirrors etc. We didn't use the cinemas so can't comment on those. My 6 year old son particularly enjoyed building the camera and did it quicker than his grandad with no help!

We enjoyed lunch in the cafe and the staff were very helpful in providing me with something suitable for the baby (who loves real food not 'baby' food). The food was good quality and reasonably priced.

As a free day out I think the museum is great. I have paid for days out and not enjoyed them as much as we enjoyed our trip here.

Thank Hannah I
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Reviewed 21 August 2014

We visited here (family of four with boys aged 13, 11) having read some of the reviews. The museum seems somewhat disjointed and doesn't appear to have an overall plan or theme. It's more a miss mash of different things. We also thought it was dated and was in need of an upgrade to the 21st century. Some really interesting artefacts and a few hands on type activities but they were poorly maintained and a bit unkempt. Needs an injection of fresh ideas. We ate in the cafe which was very good and we purchased souvenirs in the shop. Overall we were disappointed and had hoped for more, but I suppose for a 'free' couple of hours entertainment it's worth a look. I don't think we would go back in a hurry..

Thank Gary092
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Reviewed 21 August 2014

We spent 5 hours at the museum which included some refreshments in the cafe. This was good quality and good value. Parking was easy at Sharpe Street - just at the rear of the museum.
Two floors were primarily aimed at children, but we're still interesting.
We watched the global warming movie in the IMAX theatre which was quite spectacular, but, from its trailer, the animal rescue movie looked better in 3D.
If you're not visiting with children, maybe better to not go during school holidays.

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Reviewed 21 August 2014

We love it here attend a lot, and the kids never seem to get bored. Could do with more free attractions around in the area.

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Reviewed 17 August 2014

The museum is excellent for all ages, particularly for those of us who remember a lot about some of the things on show!! There is so much to see, including TV, animation, film and games. There were a lot of children there - it was the middle of the school holidays, so I would suggest that if you want to spend time browsing you go during term time,

Thank Jo T
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