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The museum, IMAX and Pictureville are temporarily closed. Find out about our major transformation.

Science in the city! National Science and Media Museum hits the road this summer

The National Science and Media Museum is taking science on the road this summer holidays with an exciting programme of free activities for all the family to enjoy. 

While the museum is temporarily closed for a ‘once in a generation’ transformation, the museum’s team of Explainers will be popping up in venues across Bradford district to showcase inspiring hands-on science activities and demonstrations. Meanwhile, back at the museum, Pictureville Cinema remains open with a fantastic family offer throughout the summer. 

Experience Bradford Science Festival

Explore surprising science as Bradford Science Festival heads into the city for a series of free family fun days, with events taking 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 

Get creative and discover STEM in free workshops

The museum’s Explainers will be in venues across Bradford throughout the summer showcasing free science activities and workshops. Take part in two special workshops, including Tinkering with Toys which explores the history of toys and games and how they’re made, with a chance for families to make their own toys to take away, and Game, Set, Match which will explore the fascinating story of sports on TV and radio, with a chance to get creative and imagine what sports coverage might look like in the future.  

The Explainers will be appearing at the following venues on various dates between Wednesday 26 July – Thursday 31 August. Specific dates and times can be found on the museum website and will be published weekly via 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 – Bingley; Burley; Café West; City; Clayton; Eccleshill; Great Horton; Idle; Ilkley; Laisterdyke; Manningham; Shipley; Silsden; Thornton; Wibsey; Wyke.  

See the latest blockbusters at Pictureville Cinema 

Pictureville Cinema is still open seven days a week throughout the summer. See the latest blockbusters, including Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny and Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part One, as well as Barbie and Oppenheimer.  

There will also be family matinee performances throughout the holidays. With screenings of Ruby Gillman, Teenage Kraken; Elemental; and Puffin Rock and the New Friends. The latest cinema programme and tickets are available via the website.  

Have a splash at City Park 

After taking in a film at Pictureville and seeing the Explainers out and about, why not 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. 

Follow the transformation 

The museum, IMAX and Cubby Broccoli screen are temporarily closed to the public until summer 2024 to undergo a £6m once-in-a-generation transformation. Thanks to support from The National Lottery Heritage Fund and money raised by National Lottery players, the major Sound and Vision project will create two new galleries, an additional passenger lift and an enhanced foyer space. In addition to funding received from The National Lottery Heritage Fund, the project also has support from the DCMS/Wolfson Museums and Galleries Improvement Fund 2022-24, City of Bradford Metropolitan District Council, and the Science Museum Group, which the National Science and Media Museum is a part of. Throughout the transformation Pictureville Cinema and Bar will remain open seven days a week with an enhanced programme of screenings.   

For more information about free summer learning activities, please visit:  

For more about cinema screenings and to book tickets, please visit:  


Notes to Editors

The National Science and Media Museum is temporarily closed to the public until summer 2024 to undergo major refurbishment. Pictureville Cinema and Bar will remain open 7 days a week. For more information and updates on re-opening, please visit 
For more information and images please contact Katie Canning, Communications Manager on or (0)1274 203027 

A media pack of images can be downloaded here.


The National Science and Media Museum in Bradford, West Yorkshire, opened in 1983, and has since become one of the most visited UK museums outside London. It draws on more than three million objects from its national collection to explore the science and culture of image and sound technologies, and their impact on our lives.  
The museum creates special exhibitions, interactive galleries and activities for families and adults, and is home to three cinemas, including Europe’s first IMAX cinema screen and the world’s only remaining public Cinerama screen. Entry to the Museum is free.