Child playing in mirror maze in Wonderlab © Science Museum Group

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Please note that the museum will temporarily be closed from June 2023-Summer 2024 to allow for some exciting new exhibitions. The Pictureville cinema will remain open during this time.


The National Science and Media Museum, in the heart of Bradford, explores the science and culture of light and sound technologies and their impact on our lives. With the aim of inspiring the scientists and innovators of the future, it invites visitors to see more, hear more, think more and do more.

Its galleries and exhibition spaces help illuminate world-famous collections in photography, film and television. Explainers create learning activities that fuel the imagination and investigate the collections and exhibitions. Three cinema screens—including an IMAX theatre— showcase the magic of moving images from around the world in Bradford, the first UNESCO City of Film.

Don't Miss: The NEW interactive gallery Wonderlab which explores the science of light, sound and perception through state-of-the-art, hands-on activities and breath-taking shows.

Admission to the National Science and Media Museum is FREE (charges apply for cinemas/IMAX).

The Media Café

Specialising in freshly prepared food, open everyday from 10am until late. Featuring deli sandwiches, house-made cakes & hand-made pizzas amongst many more delicious items, the café is perfect to visit before watching a film.

View AccessAble’s Access Guide to find out about this venue’s accessibility. The guide contains detailed, accurate information which has been put together following a visit to the venue by one of AccessAble’s trained surveyors (link opens in a new window).

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Guide Prices

Free Entry. Booking required.


Thursday, 20th January 2022 - Saturday, 31st May 2025

National Science and Media Museum exteriorBelle Vue Studio ExhibitionThe newly revamped permanent exhibition in the museum’s Kodak Gallery will shine a light on Bradford’s influential Belle Vue Studio, where thousands of the city’s residents had their photograph taken between the 1920s – 1970s.
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Saturday, 4th February 2023 - Friday, 10th February 2023

Yorkshire Games FestivalYorkshire Games FestivalA unique festival of all things gaming, celebrating games culture, design and production with special industry guests—returning to the museum in February 2023.
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Thursday, 9th February 2023 - Thursday, 9th February 2023

Yorkshire Games FestivalBAFTA at the Yorkshire Games Festival: Yorkshire's Games HeritageIn this panel at the National Science and Media Museum, local games talent will discuss the glittering games heritage of Yorkshire.
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Thursday, 9th February 2023 - Thursday, 9th February 2023

Yorkshire Games FestivalGame TalksGame Talks returns to the National Science an Media Museum for 2023 with an exciting range of events featuring inspiring games industry experts.
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Thursday, 9th February 2023 - Wednesday, 31st May 2023

Stephen Hawking At WorkStephen Hawking At WorkExplore incredible objects from Professor Stephen Hawking’s office at the National Science and Media Museum, including some never seen by the public before.
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Saturday, 11th February 2023 - Sunday, 19th February 2023

Children playing with experiments at the National Science + Media Museum (c) Jody HartleySpace Half Term Family FunBlast off this half term at the National Science and Media Museum in Bradford. Explore the wonders of space with nine days of family fun.
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Thursday, 9th March 2023 - Sunday, 4th June 2023

Giant LeapsGiant LeapsEnjoy an out-of-this-world experience with a new interactive installation at the National Science and Media Museum in Bradford.
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Wednesday, 24th May 2023 - Sunday, 4th June 2023

National Science and Media Museum ExteriorBradford Science FestivalThe most innovative and popular science festival around returns to the National Science and Media Museum over May half term
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  • Disabled access
  • Disabled toilets
  • Facilities for hearing impaired
  • Wheelchairs available

Booking & Payment Details

  • Free Entry


  • On-site catering
  • On-site light refreshments
  • Picnic site


  • Baby changing facilities
  • Children welcome


  • Facilities for educational visits
  • Facilities for groups

Meeting, Conference & Wedding Facilities

  • Facilities for conferencing
  • Facilities for corporate hospitality


  • Parking with charge

Property Facilities

  • Dogs not accepted (except guidedogs)
  • Gift shop
  • Public toilets
  • Smoking not allowed

Site Features

  • Welcome Host

Target Markets

  • Accepts groups
  • Coach parties accepted

Map & Directions

Road Directions

By Road: One mile from end of M606. By Public Transport: Come out of Bradford Interchange, turn left at The BradfordHotel, follow signs to museum. The museum is a five minute walk from the Interchange.  

National Science and Media Museum


Bradford, West Yorkshire, BD1 1NQ
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Opening Times

* Monday-Sunday 10:00-17:00
Closed 24 - 26 December

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