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About

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.

Events

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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Friday, 1st July 2022 - Sunday, 1st January 2023

Broadcast 100 | National Science + Media MuseumBroadcast 100Part of the Science Museum Group’s Broadcast 100 celebrations, marking the centenary of the BBC and the 40th anniversary of Channel 4 in 2022.
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Saturday, 23rd July 2022 - Sunday, 1st January 2023

Switched On. Image courtesy of the BBC Photo ArchiveSwitched OnFrom the first radio microphones to colour TV, on-demand video and streaming, Switched On at the National Science and Media Museum explores how and why the world of broadcasting has changed over the last 100 years.
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Friday, 9th December 2022 - Friday, 9th December 2022

National Science and Media Museum ExteriorBradford On The BBC In The 1970sJoin The National Science and Media Museum for a unique screening of BBC films capturing Bradford’s Muslim community in the 1970s.
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Thursday, 2nd February 2023 - Wednesday, 31st May 2023

National Science and Media Museum ExteriorStephen 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, 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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Facilities

Accessibility

  • Disabled access
  • Disabled toilets
  • Facilities for hearing impaired
  • Wheelchairs available

Booking & Payment Details

  • Free Entry

Catering

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

Children

  • Baby changing facilities
  • Children welcome

Groups

  • Facilities for educational visits
  • Facilities for groups

Meeting, Conference & Wedding Facilities

  • Facilities for conferencing
  • Facilities for corporate hospitality

Parking

  • 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

Type:Museum

Bradford, West Yorkshire, BD1 1NQ
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Awards

  • Visit EnglandVistEngland VAQAS Gold VistEngland VAQAS Gold 2018
  • Regional and MiscellaneousWTTC Safe Travels WTTC Safe Travels 2022

Opening Times

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

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