Kids love the distortions and tricks of the Wonderlab and the Games Lounge, while adults get a sense of nostalgia through the displays of old televisions and cameras.
A feast for the senses, the National Science and Media Museum celebrates the audiovisual with its optical illusions, live experiments and IMAX theater.
Investigate the science behind light and sound via the museum’s exhibits on the media of photography, film and television. Treat your eyes and ears to a spectacle of sensations as you make your way through this museum.
Trace the history of photography and study some of the old black-and-white works. The exhibit reveals the inner workings of the camera and contains models of 19th-century versions. Consider how camera technology has advanced over the years.
Historic videos are on display in the Film and Cinematography section. Inspect the antique projectors and video cameras as you meditate on the history of cinema. See old-world television sets, radios and cassette players that evoke nostalgia. Old computers and game consoles are reminders of a bygone era.
Bring your kids to the Games Lounge, where they can play on classic consoles and find out about the history of video games. Among the highlights in the permanent collection is the Wonderlab, which distorts sensations with mirrors, echoes and a laser tunnel.
Watch a blockbuster film in 3-D on the IMAX screen.
Attend temporary exhibits that have covered such themes as virtual reality and memories.
Stop for a break in the Media Café or put together your own lunch to eat in the picnic area. The Pictureville Bar is suitable for families and serves wine, pastries and ice cream.
Admission to the museum, which opens daily from morning until early evening, is free. There is a fee to attend a movie screening. Book a free guided tour of the museum on Wednesday afternoons.
Find the National Science and Media Museum on the southern side of the Bradford city center. It is a 5-minute walk southwest from Centenary Square and its large Mirror Pool.
Stop at other surrounding attractions, such as the War Memorial, the Alhambra Theatre and the Bradford Ice Arena.