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Spend the Summer Holidays at the National Science and Media Museum

3 images of Bradford water fountain, audience clapping and girls listening to headphones All images Science Museum Group
Places to go
August 2022
Reading time 4 Minutes

This summer at the National Science and Media Museum in Bradford, families can discover a wealth of free or low-cost activities and experiences

From new exhibitions, free workshops and the summer reading challenge trail to seeing a film at Pictureville or having a splash at nearby City Park, there will be plenty of fun to keep all ages entertained throughout the summer holidays.
two girls using headphones Switched On at the National Science and Media Museum

Want to know how TV and radio actually work?
Visit the Switched On exhibition, open until 2023, and take a journey through the last 100 years of broadcasting. From the first radio microphones to the invention of colour television and the rise of on-demand video and streaming services, learn more about the industry through pioneers linked with broadcasting innovations, see some iconic objects from TV history and get hands-on with interactive displays. 

Get creative and discover STEM at Summer Family Fun
Get reading, explore your creativity, and discover new STEM skills with free activities every day throughout the summer. Take part in a brand-new tinkering drop-in session and explore our collection by creating your own objects. Find out how filmmakers create special effects in a brand-new interactive demonstration and recreate your own special effects. Until 4th September 2022.

Explore the museum with the Summer Reading Challenge Trial
Learn about incredible inventors and inventions at the museum with the ‘Gadgeteers’ themed Summer Reading Challenge. Pick up a trail booklet at the museum and explore seven floors of galleries, uncovering exciting objects and the stories behind them. Get comfy in the summer reading corner and discover books all about science, sustainability and invention. Until 4th September 2022. 

little boy playing Tinkering activities at the National Science and Media Museum
2 people playing video games Games Lounge at the National Science and Media Museum
audience clapping Pictureville Cinema at the National Science and Media Museum
Wonderlab at the National Science and Media Museum Wonderlab at the National Science and Media Museum

Explore light and sound in Wonderlab
Think like a scientist in the Natural Science and Media Museum’s permanent interactive gallery, Wonderlab. Explore light and sound through mind-bending exhibitions and discover how they’re the building blocks of the technology and media that surrounds us today. 

See a film at Pictureville
Pictureville is where great cinema lives. Home to three fantastic screens, including the biggest and most immersive IMAX in West Yorkshire – a favourite with children. Enjoy cult classics, blockbusters or 3D films, all in one place. Pre-booked tickets required. 

Play your way through Games Lounge
Play your way through classic games from Super Mario Kart and Pac-Man to old-school arcade games like Space Invaders at this permanent gallery for just £2. Learn about their history and trace the evolution of video games. 

Have a splash at City Park
After a day of exploring, enjoy the fantastic public space at City Park and cool off in one of the largest urban mirror pools in the UK, located on the doorstep of the museum. On 19th and 20th August, BD: Festival will celebrate the 10th anniversary of the opening of City Park with performances and aerial acrobatics show.

The museum is open 10am–5pm, seven days a week. To pre-book a free museum admission ticket, visit

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