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What’s On at the National Science and Media Museum this Autumn

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What's on
September 2022
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Throughout the autumn and October half term, treat yourself to a fun day out at the National Science and Media Museum in Bradford

From new exhibitions and Halloween half term family activities to the return of Lates, a free adults-only after-hours night at the museum, there’s plenty of fun to keep all ages entertained.

Learn about how TV and radio works at Switched On 
Open until 2023
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.

Explore the museum after hours at Lates
Tuesday, 18 October 6.30pm–9.30pm
Join us for a special broadcasting-themed Lates to celebrate the last 100 years of the BBC and the innovations that have shaped everyday life. You’ll experience broadcasting innovations throughout history and explore today’s cutting-edge technology through fascinating talks, illuminating tours, hands-on workshops and much more.

Lates are free, adults-only, after-hours themed nights at the museum with live shows and experiences, talks, music, food, drinks and more. 

Have a frighteningly fun family day out over October half term 
22nd–30th October
Experiment with spooky science, discover how special effects can bring weird and wonderful creatures to life and get hands-on with interactive activities for the whole family. Get into the spirit of the season at a Spooky Kids’ Club at Pictureville Cinema with classic Halloween family films every Saturday and Sunday morning during October for the reduced price of £3.

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Catch a film at Pictureville
Pre-booked tickets required
Escape the everyday at Pictureville, Yorkshire’s biggest independent cinema. It’s home to three screens including the most immersive IMAX in the region and the only public Cinerama screen in the world, showing the best new releases, arthouse cinema, family favourites and more.

Explore light and sound in Wonderlab 
Permanent gallery
Think like a scientist and feed your curiosity in Wonderlab, an interactive and immersive gallery. Explore light and sound through 20 mind-bending exhibits. Hear your voice echo through a 15 metre-long tube, get lost in the mirror maze, make art using light, and travel through a laser tunnel. Live experiments and extraordinary experiences will take you on a journey, changing how you see the world around you.

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

The museum is open 10am–5pm, seven days a week. Please note the museum will be closed for essential works on 12th, 13th, 19th and 20th September. 

To pre-book a free museum admission ticket, visit
To book cinema tickets, visit

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