The National Science and Media Museum will be bringing science on the road this summer holidays, offering an exciting program of free activities for the entire family to enjoy.

While the museum is temporarily closed for a transformative project described as a ‘once in a generation’ opportunity, the museum’s team of Explainers will be making appearances at various venues across the Bradford district. They will showcase captivating hands-on science activities and demonstrations. Meanwhile, the Pictureville Cinema, located within the museum, will remain open and will offer a fantastic family deal throughout the summer.

Experience the Bradford Science Festival

Discover intriguing science as the Bradford Science Festival arrives in the city, presenting a series of free fun-filled days for families. The events will take place on the following dates:

Monday 14 August at Womenzone
Thursday 17 August at SHINE West Bowling
Saturday 19 August at MAPA Cultural Arts Centre
Tuesday 22 August at Laisterdyke Hub
Unleash your creativity and explore STEM through free workshops

Throughout the summer, the museum’s Explainers will be present at venues across Bradford, showcasing free science activities and workshops. Participants can engage in two special workshops: “Tinkering with Toys” delves into the history and manufacturing of toys and games, offering families an opportunity to create their own toys to take home. “Game, Set, Match” explores the fascinating story of sports coverage on TV and radio, inviting participants to get imaginative and envision the future of sports broadcasting.

The Explainers will appear at the following venues on various dates between Wednesday 26 July and Thursday 31 August. Specific dates and times can be found on the museum website, and weekly updates will be posted on the museum’s social media channels.

Bradford Museums and Galleries:

Bolling Hall Museum
Bradford Industrial Museum
Cartwright Hall Art Gallery
Cliffe Castle Museum
Bradford Libraries:

Café West
Great Horton

Enjoy the latest blockbusters at Pictureville Cinema

Throughout the summer, Pictureville Cinema will continue to operate seven days a week. Movie enthusiasts can catch the latest blockbusters, including “Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny” and “Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part One,” as well as “Barbie” and “Oppenheimer.” Additionally, there will be family matinee screenings during the holidays, featuring films such as “Ruby Gillman, Teenage Kraken,” “Elemental,” and “Puffin Rock and the New Friends.”

The cinema’s latest program and ticket availability can be found on the website.

Cool off at City Park

After watching a film at Pictureville and encountering the Explainers at various locations, visitors can take advantage of the magnificent public space at City Park. They can relax and refresh themselves in one of the largest urban mirror pools in the UK, conveniently situated right next to the museum.

Stay updated on the transformation

The museum, IMAX, and Cubby Broccoli screen are currently closed to the public until the summer of 2024, undergoing a transformative project worth £6 million. This endeavor, known as the Sound and Vision project, is a major initiative made possible by support from The National Lottery Heritage Fund and funds raised by National Lottery players. It will result in the creation of two new galleries, an additional passenger lift, and an improved foyer space. The project has received support not only from The National Lottery Heritage Fund but also from the DCMS/Wolfson Museums and Galleries Improvement Fund 2022-24, the City of Bradford Metropolitan District Council, and the Science Museum Group, of which the National Science and Media Museum is a part.

During the transformation, Pictureville Cinema and Bar will remain open seven days a week, featuring an enhanced program of screenings.

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