National Science and Media Museum

The National Media Museum in Bradford, Yorkshire, will become the National Science and Media Museum when it undergoes a name change on 23rd March.

The change of name will reflect the museum’s status as part of the Science Museum Group and a new focus on the science and culture of light and sound technologies.

A number of new features will open at the museum as part of the change, including a new free gallery called Wonderlab.

This gallery, which has cost £1.8 million to create, offers visitors an interactive experience filled with live experiments and shows and more than 20 exhibits.

In addition, from September the Soyuz TMA-19M spacecraft that took Tim Peake to the International Space Station will be on display in the museum for three months, and groups will be able to see it for the first time outside London.

More about the museum

The soon-to-be National Science and Media Museum boasts eight floors of free galleries about the internet, television, animation and photography, plus temporary exhibition spaces exploring different aspects of media are available to explore.

Current exhibitions and galleries include Life Online – a gallery dedicated to exploring the social, technological and cultural impact of the internet – and the animation gallery. This embraces all things animated, including characters like Wallace and Gromit, and Morph.

The Kodak gallery, meanwhile, looks at the history of photography. See hundreds of objects, including the very first moving colour images and the earliest surviving photographic negative.

Groups can also enjoy use of the museum's IMAX cinema, practical workshops, gallery talks and science shows.

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