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National Science and Media Museum

Go behind the scenes to discover the tech, kit and tricks of the trade used to capture the drama of live sport.

From the very first TV cameras to the latest developments in videogames, media technology has shaped how we view sport—and the way we watch some of the world’s biggest events has inspired surprising innovations.

Explore the amazing stories behind unforgettable TV moments, find out how sports events are transmitted around the world, and see how eSports are changing the game. Step into a studio and try your hand at being a commentator—do you have what it takes to keep up with the action as it happens?

Free family activities

Date: Weekends from 14 July and every day during the school summer holidays (26 July – 2 September)

This summer, join us for a host of fantastic free shows, demos and activities for all the family. In the galleries and across the museum, we’ll be bringing Action Replay to life—get involved!

Science Busking

Time: Throughout the day
Where: Gallery One, Level 1

As you explore the gallery, look out for our Explainers—they’ll be on hand with fun, quick experiments and things to try, including...

  • Parabolic Microphone Find out how this microphone, used by NFL broadcasters, expands the range of human hearing
  • RGB Colour Wheel Explore the science behind mixing colours when you try out this colour spinner

All Around the World

Time: Up to 4 demos per day; check with staff on arrival for times
Where: Gallery Two, Level 2

Ever wondered how your TV works? Or the internet? Come along and find out how satellites and fibre optic cables power our world by turning music into light.

Children taking part in a family activity at the National Science and Media Museum

Photo Finish!

Time: 10.00–16.00
Where: Makespace, Level 4

Put your engineering skills to the test when you build your own derby car. Choose your materials, create your car and race against other designs. A big-screen photo finish will decide the winner!

Ready, Set, Go! Show

Time: Up to 4 shows per day; check with staff on arrival for times
Where: Wonderlab Studio, Level 3

This fun show explores the different types of cameras and video tech used to broadcast sports. You’ll see live demos of slow motion, infrared, thermal imaging, split-screen and more.

A Global Audience

Time: Throughout the day
Where: Wonderlab, Level 3

At the centre of Wonderlab, we’ll be using our Science on a Sphere globe to explore the infrastructure of broadcasting, from satellites to undersea cables—and how it all works together to get live sports content across the world.