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With eight floors of galleries to explore, plus a programme of films bound to get you talking, we’re pretty sure you’ll want to grab some refreshments during your visit.

Take a break from exploring the museum, meet for a drink before a film, or sit down for a coffee with friends. Offering delicious food and a huge range of drinks, our Café and Pictureville Bar have something for everyone.


A barista pouring coffee in the Media Café
  • Open daily, 10.00–17.00
  • Hot food is served until 15.00

All food is freshly prepared on site using locally sourced ingredients, and vegetarian options are available every day. Our menu includes handmade pizzas, soups, deli sandwiches and salads, and homemade cakes, plus kids’ meal deals.

The Café is wheelchair-accessible. Highchairs are available and we support the Breastfeeding Welcome scheme. 

Download a sample Café menu (PDF)

Pictureville Bar

Customers in Pictureville Bar
  • Open daily, 13.00–late

Pictureville Bar is open to everyone, whether you’re visiting our cinemas or not—it’s the perfect place for an evening get-together.

We offer classic cinema snacks (popcorn included!) as well as the best treats from local suppliers. Indulge in Northern Bloc ice cream, Yorkshire gin or local craft beer.

Picnic areas

Level 0 Picnic Area at the National Science and Media Museum
  • Open daily, 10.00–18.00

If you’d prefer to bring your own food, we have picnic areas on Levels 0, 1 and 4.

During term time, these areas are often used by school groups, so please check the availability when you arrive. If the picnic areas are full, there are other areas of the museum you can use for your lunch—just ask a member of staff.

There are easy access toilets and baby changing facilities next to the Level 0 picnic area.