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Ticket terms and conditions

These terms and conditions (Terms) apply to any purchase of tickets for National Science and Media Museum Admission, Exhibitions and Events.

Please read these Terms carefully before you order tickets from us.

If you are purchasing etickets from the National Science and Media Museum website, specific terms apply in addition to these Terms. Please see the ‘Etickets’ section below.

If you are purchasing cinema tickets, specific terms apply. Please see our cinema ticket terms and conditions.

The National Science and Media Museum is part of the Science Museum Group.

By purchasing tickets you are entering into an agreement with The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum Group of Exhibition Road, London SW7 2DD (“we”, “us”, or “our”) on these Terms.

Our registered VAT number is GB 503 5114 96.


In buying tickets from us you understand and agree that:

  • tickets for Events are valid only for the Event, the number of person(s) and the date and entry time slot (where applicable) stated upon them;
  • during your visit you must retain your tickets safely for production on demand by our representatives; and
  • [subject to these Terms], tickets are non-refundable and may not be exchanged. 


Your visit to the National Science and Media Museum Museum [and to all Events] is at all times subject to any notice to visitors we post on the premises, and our standard admission guidelines, which may be amended from time to time. In addition, you and any persons for whom you have bought tickets must comply with any reasonable instructions given to you by our staff or any third party instructed on our behalf during your visit.

We, acting reasonably at all times, may refuse to allow entry to our premises, or remove from our premises without any right to a refund any person that fails to comply with the admissions guidelines and/or any reasonable instructions that we (or our staff or third parties instructed on our behalf) may give to visitors from time to time.


We reserve the right at our discretion to alter our advertised arrangements for Events and Exhibitions, and to cancel any time slot or Event or Exhibition without notice.

If this occurs and you have purchased a ticket for an Event we will where possible offer you an exchange or refund of your ticket(s).

Tickets that have been purchased and have subsequently been Gift Aided cannot, under HMRC rules, be refunded. We will endeavour to find a suitable alternative option for visitors in these circumstances.


If we fail to comply with these Terms, we are responsible for loss or damage you suffer that is a foreseeable result of our breaking this agreement or our failing to use reasonable care and skill, but we are not responsible for any loss or damage that is not foreseeable.

This includes liability for: death or personal injury caused by our negligence or the negligence of our employees, agents or subcontractors; fraud or fraudulent misrepresentation; and breach of your legal rights in relation to your tickets.

We are not liable for business losses. We only supply tickets for private use. If you use the tickets for any commercial, business or re-sale purpose we will not be liable to you for any loss of business, loss of revenue, loss of profits or loss of business opportunity.


You may not re-sell tickets without our prior written consent. We will (subject to our sole discretion) refuse entry to any person who attempts to enter an Event with a ticket that has been resold without our written consent and no compensation whatsoever is payable by us if this occurs.


In circumstances where a concession is claimed, proof of identity and concession entitlement (for example of age or student status) may be required to obtain entry to an Event.


We know that some people will need an assistant so they can enjoy their visit. To help with this, we can give a free personal assistant ticket to any visitor who needs this.

A personal assistant can be a friend, a family member or somebody supporting you in a professional role. Examples of the support they might provide could be:

  • Assisting you to get round the museum.
  • Helping you to communicate with museum staff.
  • Providing personal care.
  • Helping you to stay safe in an emergency.

Personal assistant tickets can be booked in advance online or over the phone.

To book online, please choose a personal assistant ticket and add it to your order before proceeding to checkout.

To book over the phone, please contact our call centre on 033 0058 0058.

These tickets can also be booked in person at the museum on the day of your visit.

If you have any questions, or would like to discuss your needs, please call 033 0058 0058 or email


We will not be responsible for any tickets that are lost, stolen or destroyed.  Replacement tickets will be issued at our discretion.


From time to time we may, or we may authorise third parties to, carry out filming, photography and/or sound recordings at [our premises and Events]. By purchasing tickets you agree (on your own behalf and on behalf of any persons for whom you purchase tickets and who attend our premises/an Event) that we and any third party authorised by us may include you and those you have bought tickets for in such films, photographs and/or sound recordings and may exploit such films, photographs and sound recordings in perpetuity in any format whatsoever without payment.

You are responsible for bringing this provision to the attention of any person for whom you have bought tickets. We will always let visitors know if filming or photography is taking place during their visit.


You may be permitted to use a hand-held camera for private and non-commercial purposes but you and any other visitors for whom you purchased tickets must comply with any restrictions on photography which we make known to you.

You may commit an offence if you copy any material which is protected by copyright without the consent of the relevant copyright owner.  If this occurs you may face criminal or civil penalties.

Visitors under 12

Visitors under 12 years of age must be accompanied, at all times, by an adult.

Visitors aged 12–17

Visitors aged between 12 and 17 should book their tickets when they arrive, unless accompanied by an adult. 


We have the right, without liability to you, to refuse to allow you to enter an Event and/or to escort you from our premises if you, in our judgment, breach any of these Terms.


If there is a problem with your tickets. If you have any questions or complaints about your tickets please contact us by calling 033 0058 0058 (09.00–17.00 daily) or by writing to us at or National Science and Media Museum, Pictureville, Bradford, BD1 1NQ.

Nobody else has any rights under this agreement. No other person shall have any rights to enforce any of these Terms.

If a court finds part of this agreement illegal, the rest will continue in force. Each of the paragraphs of these Terms operates separately. If any court or relevant authority decides that any of them are unlawful, the remaining paragraphs will remain in full force and effect.

Which laws apply to this agreement and where you may bring legal proceedings. These Terms are governed by English law and you can bring legal proceedings in respect of tickets in the English courts.


In addition to the above Terms, any purchase of etickets from us is subject to the terms and conditions set out below.


Once your online booking has been confirmed an order confirmation will be sent to the email address you specified in your order, at which point a contract will come into existence between you and us. No agreement is formed between you and us for the sale of etickets until we email you with this confirmation.

It is your responsibility to check prior to purchase that the information you have supplied to us with regards to your eticket requirements is accurate.


On arrival at the Event or Exhibition for which your etickets are valid, you will be required to show the following to in order to validate your etickets and obtain entry to the relevant Event:

  • in circumstances where a concession is claimed, proof of identity and concession entitlement (for example of age or student status);
  • a legible printout of your etickets; or a legible electronic version on a mobile device;
  • the credit or debit card used to purchase the etickets.

If you fail to produce any of the above items you will not (subject to the discretion of the Museum) be admitted to the relevant Event using your eticket.

Any persons for whom you have not bought an eticket who wish to enter an Event will be required to pay the standard entry rates applicable to the relevant Event.


Should cancellation of an Event or Exhibition (or any part of it), be necessary we will attempt to contact you (by email to the email address provided in your order) in advance to arrange substitute tickets. Please check your email inbox before travelling to the Museum to avoid an unnecessary journey should an Event or Exhibition be cancelled.


If you are not happy with how we have handled any complaint, you may want to contact the European Commission Online Dispute Resolution platform.