Science Centre contacts in uk
Planetarium and Ireland’s leading centre for astronomy and space science education. They provide a wealth of fun astronomy related activities such as rocket launching and the portable ‘Stardome Planetarium’.
Type: Science Centre. 10 exhibits. Size: S. Opened: 1968.
Open: Open all year. Ages: All ages.
Explore-At-Bristol is one of the UK’s most exciting hands-on science centres! Discover interactive exhibits and special exhibitions, take in a Planetarium show or join our Live Science team for fun experiments and activities.
Themes: Science, Natural history.
Type: Science Centre. 150+ exhibits. Exhibition area: 1500+ m2. Size: L. Opened: Jun-00.
Open: Daily 10.00 – 17.00 during weekdays in term time. Closes 18.00 at weekends and local school holidays. Ages: All ages.
Bolton Science and Technology Centre
Bolton TIC is the UK’s first Junior Incubator. Lying somewhere between a school, a university research lab, a training centre and a factory, it is a place where young people can make their technical dreams come true, by designing and making just about anything, with equipment beyond the reach of schools.
Type: Other. Size: M. Opened: Oct 2006.
Open: School bookings only Ages: 9 – 19
Camera Obscura & World of Illusions
Where seeing is not believing
Catalyst Science Discovery Centre
Catalyst makes science exciting and accessible to people of all ages and abilities. Explore the award winning, hands-on galleries, visit the stunning interactive theatre, experience fun activities in the lab or travel 30 metres above the River Mersey in the external glass lift to our glass walled Observatory Gallery.
Themes: Science, Industry, Environment, Careers, Chemical History Collection
Type: Science Centre. 100 exhibits. Exhibition area: 1000 m2. Size: M. Opened: 1989.
Open: Open all year Tues – Sun. Open Mondays during school holidays only. Telephone to check opening times. Ages: All ages.
Centre for Alternative Technology
CAT aims to inspire, inform and enable people to explore more sustainable ways of living. CAT also runs practical residential courses all year round, hosts school visits and provides a free information service.
Themes: Sustainable living, alternative technology and organic gardening
Type: Other centre. Size: M.
Open: Open all year round. Ages: All ages.
Centre for Life
The Centre for Life is a vibrant and exciting place where science is explored and debated. From exciting hands-on exhibits, family activities to lively lectures and serious debates on contemporary science issues, Life offers something for all ages and interests. As a regional focus for science communication, the Centre encourages curiosity about science by questioning and uncovering new things about life and the world around us.
Themes: Exploring the life sciences.
Type: Science Centre. 50+ exhibits. Size: L. Opened: 2000.
Open: Mon – Sat 10-6, Sun 11-6. Ages: All ages.
The Centre of the Cell
Opens March 2008, website launched March 2007. Centre of the Cell is a unique interactive multimedia experience embedded within a working research laboratory. The central themes are cell biology, disease and biomedical research.
Themes: Cells, biology
Type: Discovery Centre. Size: S. Opened: 2008.
Open: Opens March 2008 Ages: All ages. Schools 9-16
Eden explores the relationship between people, plants and natural resources. In a worked-out china clay pit up to 55 metre high covered biomes have been built exhibiting plants from two climates: the rainforest and the warm temperate/ Mediterranean together with outdoor displays from the cool temperate zones including UK.
Themes: Plants. Experiential learning.
Type: Animals / Plants. Exhibition area: 125000 m2. Size: L. Opened: Mar-01.
Open: Daily except Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Ages: All ages.
Edinburgh International Science Festival
The Edinburgh International Science Festival is Europe’s largest public celebration of science and technology with around 180 workshops, shows, exhibitions, tours, talks and hands-on activities for young and old. It attracts around 120,000 visits over 11 days at Easter-time.
Themes: Science & technology.
Type: Festival. Approx. 180 exhibits. Size: L. Opened: 1989.
Open: Various. Ages: All ages.
Eureka! The National Children’s Museum
Interactive centre for young children.
Themes: Science, music, the body, the environment
Type: Childrens’ Museum. 200+ exhibits. Exhibition area: 4,500 m2. Size: L. Opened: 1992.
Open: Daily: 10.00 – 17.00. Closed: 24th – 26th December. Ages: birth to 12 years.
Glasgow Science Centre
Scotland’s biggest science centre. Includes 4 floors of hands-on exhibits, IMAX and Space Theatre.
Type: Science Centre. Size: L. Opened: Mar-01.
Open: All year. Tuesday to Friday 9-6pm Ages: All ages.
Horniman Museum and Gardens
As well as being home to the most comprehensive musical instrument collection in Britain, the museum has an internationally renowned anthropological collection and a popular Natural History Gallery.
Themes: Provides an window in to the natural and cultural worlds. Galleries: Natural History Gallery, Music Gallery, African Worlds Gallery, Centenary Gallery.
Type: Museum. 5,000+ exhibits. Exhibition area: 1500 m2. Size: M.
Open: Daily, 10.30 – 17.30. Closed 24 – 26 Decemeber. Ages: All ages.
Inspire Discovery Centre
Norwich’s hands-on science centre.
Type: Science Centre. 40 exhibits. Exhibition area: 300 m2. Size: S. Opened: 1995.
Open: Mon-Fri 10.00-4.00. Sat Sun 11.00-5.00 Ages: All ages.
INTECH is an interactive hands on science centre and planetarium. 100 exhibits all designed and built in-house to support the National Curriculum. The new planetarium seats 176 and is a fully digital state of the art installation.
Themes: Science and technology.
Type: Science Centre. 2275 exhibits. Exhibition area: 2275 m2. Size: L. Opened: 1989.
Open: 7 days a week, all year. Ages: All ages.
Jodrell Bank Science Centre
Jodrell Bank is going through an exciting period of change with a new visitor centre development and is due to re open in the summer 2011. During the interim period, visitors will be welcomed at a temporary reception area located in the Environmental Discovery Centre. There will be limited facilities and no café. Visitors will have access to the Gardens and Telescope Observation Pathway. Opening times are 11am – 4pm and admission is free. For all development updates please visit our website.
Kelham Island Museum (SCOPE)
Kelham Island Museum traces `The Story of Sheffield’ and includes a science discovery centre.
Themes: Light, Sound, Forces, Materials and Magnets.
Type: Museum. 100+ exhibits. Exhibition area: 600 m2. Size: M. Opened: 1990.
Open: Mon-Thurs 10.00 – 16.00; Sunday 11.00 – 16.45 Ages: All ages.
The Living Rainforest
The Living Rainforest promotes a sustainable future through education and research on humanity and the world’s rainforests. The charity runs a rainforest-inspired visitor centre in Berkshire, featuring plants and animals from this threatened tropical ecosystem.
Themes: Plants, animals, ecosystems, human needs, economics and cultures.
Type: Animals / Plants. Exhibition area: 20000 m2. Size: M. Opened: 2000.
Open: 10.00 – 5.15 every day Ages: All ages
The Look Out Discovery Centre
The Look Out Discovery Centre has over 80 hands-on science exhibits. Launch a hot air balloon, climb through our giant mole hole or play a tune on our stringless harp!
Themes: Science and nature.
Type: Other centre. Over 80 exhibits. Exhibition area: 730 m2. Size: M. Opened: 1996.
Open: Daily 10.00 – 17.00. Closed Dec 24th – 26th. Ages: All ages.
The Magic Mathworks Travelling Circus
A touring maths lab that demonstrates and explores a multisensory approach to learning maths. On the road since 1989. Tours nationally and internationally. 3 supervised exhibitions.
Type: Travelling or outreach. 30, 60 or 120 exhibits. Exhibition area: 100+ m2.
Open: As decided by host. Ages: All
The Magic Mathworks Travelling Circus, Old Coach House, Penypwllau, Holywell, Flintshire, CH8 8HB MAP
Tel: 01352 713 014 Fax: 0870 0521 997
Magna is set in Templeborough Steelworks in Rotherham. Inside you can explore the four elements of fire, air, earth and water and have fun firing giant water canons, launching rockets, spinning in a gyroscopic chair, learning to fly, exploding rock faces and working real JCB’s.
Type: Science Centre. 120+ exhibits. Size: L. Opened: Apr-01.
Open: Daily. 10.00 – 17.00 Ages: All ages.
The Museum of Science and Industry, Manchester (MOSI)
Based in the buildings of the world’s oldest passenger railway station, thirteen action-packed galleries bring the past to life with working industrial machinery, scientific achievement, live demonstrations and hands-on exhibits.
Themes: Nationally recognised collections of industrial heritage and scientific achievement.
Type: Museum. Xperiment 60 + Galleries 33 exhibits. Exhibition area: 600 m2. Size: L. Opened: 1988.
Open: Daily: 10.00 – 17.00. Closed 24th – 26th December. Ages: Suitable for all ages/families.
The National Marine Aquarium
The National Marine Aquarium is a charity dedicated to increasing awareness and understanding of the oceans, the life they contain and the way that humans affect them. It is Britain?s largest aquarium containing Europe?s deepest tank.
Themes: Aquatic Life and Human Interactions with the Oceans.
Type: Discovery Centre. 52 exhibits. Exhibition area: 5500 m2. Size: L. Opened: Jul-02.
Open: 10.00 – 17.00, winter and 10.00 – 18.00, summer. Ages: All ages
National Maritime Museum
The world’s largest maritime museum, set in the beautiful and historic surroundings of Greenwich.
Themes: Sea, ships, time and stars
Type: Museum. Size: L.
Open: Every day 10am – 5pm, summer 10am – 6pm Ages: All ages
National Museum of Scotland
NMS holds a wealth of treasures built up over several centuries, encompassing archaeology, ethnology, decorative and applied arts, social history, science and technology, and the natural world.
Themes: Natural History, Science and Technology, Art and Design, Ethnography, Ancient Cultures and World Cultures.
Type: Museum. 12,000 exhibits. Exhibition area: 15,000 m2. Size: L.
Open: Mon – Sat, 10.00 – 17.00. Tues: Late night opening until 20.00. Sun: Open from 12.00. Ages: All.
National Museum Wales
Comprises: National Museum Cardiff St Fagans: National History Museum Big Pit: National Coal Museum National Roman Legion Museum National Slate Museum National Waterfront Museum National Wool Museum
Type: Museum. Size: L.
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National Museums Liverpool
National Museums Liverpool is a group of eight museums and galleries dedicated to the promotion and enjoyment of art, history and science. The venues are The Conservation Centre, Lady Lever Art Gallery, Sudley House, Museum of Liverpool Life, HM Customs & Excise Museum and The Walker.
Themes: Highlights include Liverpool Museum’s award-winning Natural History Centre, Planetarium and Space Gallery.
Type: Museum. Size: L.
Open: 10.00 – 17.00. Ages: All ages
National Space Centre
The National Space Centre is dedicated to space science and astronomy. Includes Space Theatre and a Challenger Learning Centre.
Themes: Space science and astronomy.
Type: Science Centre. Size: L. Opened: Jun-01.
Open: Term time: Tue – Sun 10am to 5pm (last entry 3.30pm). Local school holidays: Mon- Sun 10am to 5pm (last entry 3.30pm). Closed 25th-26th Dec and 1st Jan. Ages: All ages.
The Natural History Museum
Dedicated to our planet’s life story, the Museum takes visitors on an unforgettable journey into Earth’s past, present and future. Discover more about the Museum’s world leading scientific research in free daily events and behind the scenes tours in the Darwin Centre.
Themes: Life and Earth Galleries, including Dinosaurs, Mammals, Creepy Crawlies and Earth’s Treasury.
Type: Museum. Size: L. Opened: The Darwin Centre opened in 2002..
Open: Mon – Sat: 10.00 – 17.50. Sun: From 11.00. Ages: All ages
- Natural History Museum
Tel: +44 (0)20 7942 5555
0207 7942 6031
The Observatory Science Centre (Herstmonceux)
Hands-on science centre set amongst the domes of the former Royal Observatory.
Themes: Science + space / astronomy.
Type: Science Centre. 100+ exhibits. Size: M. Opened: 1995.
Open: Daily from Feb to end Nov. Weekends only in Jan and Dec. Ages: All ages.
Our Dynamic Earth
A fantastic journey of discovery through the story of our planet. Face boiling lava, fly over glaciers and dive deep beneath the ocean in the experience of a lifetime.
Themes: The physical and biological processes that formed and continue to shape our dynamic planet.
Type: Other centre. 12 galleries exhibits. Size: L. Opened: Jul-99.
Open: Opening times vary according to season – telephone before visiting. Ages: All ages.
Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh
The RBGE is dedicated to explaining and exploring the world of plants. Education is for all ages and stages, from casual visitors to botany students, and from children to senior citizens. Admission is free.
Themes: Plants, horticulture, botany, education, exhibitions, events.
Type: Science Centre. Over 6% of all known plants (over 13,000 species) exhibits. Size: L.
Open: Daily from 10.00, closing 16.00 – 19.00 depending on season. Closed 25th December & 1st January. Ages: All ages.
The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew
The Gardens cover 300 acres and are home to themed gardens and plant collections, as well as a number of historic and ‘working’ buildings. The living collections are a resource for botanical science world-wide.
Themes: Plants from around the globe; science and horticulture; conservation of plants and habitats.
Type: Animals/Plants. 1000s exhibits. Exhibition area: 121,410 m2. Size: XL.
Open: Open all year except Christmas Eve and Christmas Day Ages: All ages.
Royal Observatory, Edinburgh
The Royal Observatory Visitor Centre aims to introduce the general public and visiting groups to the fascinating world of modern astronomy and space research.
Themes: Astronomy and Space.
Type: Other centre. Size: S. Opened: 1981.
Open: Open for pre-booked groups and special events only. Ages: All ages.
Satrosphere Science Centre
Satrosphere is Scotland?s original science centre. We encourage visitors to get ?hands on? with science through exploration and discovery. Fun-packed experiments, live shows and spectacular demonstrations bring science to life.
Themes: All sciences. Themes change regularly.
Type: Science Centre. 50+ exhibits. Exhibition area: 700 m2. Size: S. Opened: 1990.
Open: 10.00 – 17.00 daily. Ages: All ages.
A hands-on interactive learning gallery
Themes: Imagination, invention, ingenuity – a series of exhibitions regularly changed and updated
Type: Science Centre. Four zones: People Pod; Playground; Workshop; Talking Point; includes digital studio and presentation theatre pit exhibits. Exhibition area: Small (800 sq m.) m2. Size: S. Opened: 23rd June 2010.
Open: 10am-6pm Mon-Fri + evening events. 10 am – 4 pm Weekends Ages: All ages
Science Made Simple
A science outreach company that takes science and engineering-based shows into schools all across the UK. We also provide professional development courses for staff working in museums and science centres.
Themes: science performance, physics, engineering, theatre
Type: Travelling or outreach. n/a exhibits. Exhibition area: n/a m2. Size: S. Opened: n./a.
Open: n/a Ages: From 5 years upwards
Where else can you take a trip to Mars, age 30 years in 30 seconds or participate in a controversial scientific debate? At the Science Museum you can do all this and much, much more.
Themes: Science, technology and medicine.
Type: Museum. Thousands. exhibits. Size: L. Opened: Wellcome Wing, 2000..
Open: Daily 10.00 – 18.00. Closed 24th – 26th December. Ages: All ages.
Science Oxford Live
A cultural centre for science with a hands on activity centre where children can experience science first hand and a regular series of evening events for adults, and family events during the holidays. Available for pre-booked groups such as schools, brownies and scouts, playschemes and nurseries.
Themes: Lights, Sounds, Forces, Magnets and Problem Solving
Type: Science Centre. over 40 exhibits. Exhibition area: 100 m2. Size: S. Opened: 1990.
Open: Public: weekends and local school hols:10.00 -17.00. Open to pre-booked groups, e.g. schools in term-time as well. Ages: All ages (most appeal 4-12 yrs).
Travelling hands-on exhibitions for science centres, museums, festivals or events. Current exhibitions on tour: Risk; The Senses: Medieval Machines; Puzzles and Illusions; Good vibrationsm – the science of sound; Feel the Force and Light and Optics.
Type: Travelling or outreach. 10 to 18 per exhibition exhibits. Exhibition area: Per exhibition, 100 m2. Size: S. Opened: 1988.
Open: Varies according to host org. Ages: All ages.
Science Projects, Exploring Science Travelling Exhibitions, 20 St James Street, London, W6 9RWMAP
Tel: 020 8741 2305/6 Fax: 020 8741 2307
The Scottish Seabird Centre
Visitors control interactive cameras, sited on islands in the Firth of Forth to explore the fascinating world of seabirds, with thousands of puffins and gannets, and marine wildlife including seals and dolphins. The centre is now operating wildlife boat safaris around the islands of the Firth of Forth throughout the summer period.
Themes: Seabirds. and the marine environment.
Type: Discovery Centre. 4 interactive cameras and film theatre. exhibits. Exhibition area: 340 m2. Size: S. Opened: 2000.
Open: All year. Ages: All ages.
Sellafield Visitor Centre
With interactive exhibits, exciting science workshops, plenty of hands – on fun and Europe’s first Immersion Cinema, Sellafield Visitors is the educational and entertaining day out for budding scientists of all ages.
Themes: Energy Production, Nuclear Power, the Environment and Science.
Type: Other centre. 30+ exhibits. Size: S. Opened: 1989.
Open: Open all year. Ages: All ages.
Interactive Science Centre in Dundee. Also includes a 3D cinema, soft play area, internet caf? and shop. Roborealm, will give visitors the chance to interact with robots.
Themes: Exhibits are based on the senses and the biology of humans, animals and plants.
Type: Science Centre. 60+ exhibits. Exhibition area: 1000 m2. Size: M. Opened: 2000.
Open: Open 7 days from 10am Ages: All ages.
Snibston Discovery Park (Extra Ordinary Gallery)
Snibston is Leicestershire’s all-weather science and industry museum, where visitors can get their hands on over 90 interactives indoors and outdoors.
Themes: Biology, Energy, Weather, Light, Forces, Engineering, Mining, Textiles, Outdoor science playground and water play area
Type: Science Centre. 70+ exhibits. Size: M. Opened: 1992.
Open: Daily: 10.00 -17.00. Opening times change mid-October – please check times before visiting. Ages: All ages.
Over 150 hands-on exhibits and fascinating shows in the Theatre and Planetarium make Techniquest a unique experience for visitors.
Themes: Biology, Chemistry, Earth and Space, Electricity, Energy, Environment, Forces, Light and Colour, Maths, Ourselves, Music.
Type: Science Centre. 100+ exhibits. Exhibition area: 1500 m2. Size: L. Opened: 1986.
Open: Open every day, excepting Christmas. Ages: Any age.
Techniquest Glyndwr (TQG) is the Science Discovery Centre situated on the campus of Glyndwr University in Wrexham, North East Wales. The centre comprises an exhibition of hands-on exhibits and a programme of theatre, workshop and public lecture presentations on-site and as outreach for schools, leisure visitors and community and special interest groups. It operates as a partnership project between Glyndwr University, Welsh Assembly Government and Techniquest Cardiff.
Type: Science Centre. 60 exhibits. Size: M. Opened: 2004.
Open: See web site Ages: All ages
Thinktank offers ten galleries of historical artefacts, modern interactives and futuristic facts. Visitors can explore everything from space travel and steam engines to intestines and taste buds. Includes digital planetarium and IMAX cinema.
Themes: Transport, Industrial Revolution, local history, modern medicine, contemporary and future science, space
Type: Science Centre. Approx 2,600 exhibits. Exhibition area: 7,500 m2. Size: L. Opened: Sep-01.
Open: Daily 10.00 – 17.00. (Last entry 16.00) Ages: All ages.
Tyne and Wear Museums (Discovery Museum)
Discovery is the largest free museum experience in the North East. Full of displays and interactives that bring science, technology and history to life.
Themes: Science, History, Fashion, Military, Maritime.
Type: Museum. 60+ exhibits. Size: L.
Open: Mon – Sat :10.00 – 17.00, Sun:14.00 – 17.00 Ages: All ages (aim 3 – 16yrs).
W5 is Ireland’s only purpose-built science discovery centre. Located at Odyssey, Northern Ireland’s Millennium Landmark. 140 interactive exhibits in five exhibition areas,
Themes: START (for children 3- 8), GO, SEE and DO.
Type: Science Centre. 140 exhibits. Exhibition area: 3,600 m2. Size: M. Opened: Spring 2001.
Open: Mon – Sat: 10.00 – 18.00, Sun: from 12.00. School term times only: closes 17.00, Mon – Thurs. Last admission 1 hours before closing on all days. Ages: 3+
Woolsthorpe Manor, National Trust
Interactive science centre at the birthplace and childhood home of Sir Isaac Newton, with historic manor house, orchards and farm buildings.
Themes: The work of Sir Isaac Newton
Type: Science Centre. 14 exhibits. Exhibition area: 50 m2. Size: M.
Open: Open 13.00 – 17.00, weekends in March and October and at the same times Wed – Sun from April to September. Ages: Suitable for all ages
National Trust Science Discovery Centre, Woolsthorpe Manor, 23 Newton Way, Woolsthorpe by Colsterworth, nr Grantham, NG33 5NR MAP
Tel: 01476 860338 Fax: 01476 862626
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