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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 - Monday, 24th October 2022

Beautiful Planet view from space.IMAX 3D A Beautiful PlanetExplore the impact of humanity on planet Earth with stunning footage captured by astronauts. Experience Earth like never before in a breathtaking portrait of the planet captured by astronauts aboard the International Space Station.
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Thursday, 20th January 2022 - Monday, 24th October 2022

Antartica IMAX Close up of a seal.IMAX 3D AntarcticaJoin narrator Benedict Cumberbatch for a spectacular 3D exploration of the mysterious and wild continent of Antarctica.
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Thursday, 20th January 2022 - Monday, 24th October 2022

Walking with DinosaursIMAX 3D Walking With DinosaursTravel alongside dinosaurs as they face the challenges of a changing world.
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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, our new exhibition explores how and why the world of broadcasting has changed over the last 100 years.
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Thursday, 13th October 2022 - Thursday, 13th October 2022

Widescreen Weekend 2022Bradford Film Heritage Walking TourIf you’re visiting the museum for Widescreen Weekend, why not take the opportunity to explore Bradford’s rich film history further? This tour will take you to key film and TV locations around the city.
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Thursday, 13th October 2022 - Sunday, 16th October 2022

Widescreen Weekend 2022Widescreen WeekendWidescreen Weekend is a unique festival of large-screen formats and cinema technologies celebrating the past, present and future of film.
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Friday, 14th October 2022 - Friday, 14th October 2022

Widescreen Weekend 2022Widescreen Weekend LecturesA combination of short lightning talks and a panel discussion with guest experts to help you discover more about the world of cinema.
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Friday, 14th October 2022 - Saturday, 15th October 2022

Widescreen Weekend 2022Switched On Guided ToursExplore our newest exhibition, guided by one of our curators who will share their expertise and bring the objects and stories to life.
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Friday, 14th October 2022 - Saturday, 15th October 2022

Friday, 28th October 2022 - Sunday, 30th October 2022

Fangs on FilmFangs on FilmSink your teeth into a season of vintage vampire films at the National Science + Media Museum's Pictureville.
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Tuesday, 18th October 2022 - Tuesday, 18th October 2022

National Science and Media Museum ExteriorBroadcasting LatesLates are adults-only, after-hours themed nights at the museum with live shows and experiences, talks, music, comedy and more.
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Saturday, 22nd October 2022 - Sunday, 30th October 2022

Halloween Half Term at the National Science + Media Museum in Bradford. Halloween Half Term Family FunTreat your little monsters to a frighteningly fun day at the National Science + Media Museum this October Half Term.
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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

National Science and Media Museum

Type:Museum

Bradford, West Yorkshire, BD1 1NQ
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Tel033 0058 0058

Awards

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

Opening Times

* Wednesday – Sunday: 10:00 – 17:00

Open every day during school holidays.

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