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

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Experience TV

Experience TV is now closed as we begin to transform the museum through our Sound and Vision project.

Explore the development, significance and cultural impact of one of the most influential inventions of the 20th century: television. Why do we have adverts on TV, and how much are we influenced by what we see? Explore the exciting world of television in our TV gallery.

The Business of Television

Uncover the business behind the small screen and discover how television is funded, who decides what we watch and how the industry has changed over the years.

Learn about the art of advertising, the significance of scheduling and the ‘three Rs’: research, regulations and ratings. Then try out our special interactive to see how many viewers your channel would get.

The Power of Television

Discover how TV can shape our attitudes, knowledge and lifestyles. Learn about how it’s used to influence public opinion and highlight important issues.

Come face-to-face with some favourite characters, from Wallace and Gromit to the creations of Gerry Anderson. Step into our viewing booth to watch iconic moments from the history of television—how many do you remember?

Learning in Experience TV

Television is one of the most important inventions of the last century. With a visit to Experience TV, your students can explore its history and impact. 

Students can trace the history of television through a selection of classic TV moments and iconic characters including Wallace and Gromit, the Wombles, characters from Play School and Rainbow, and even one of Doctor Who’s Daleks!

From how a TV works to the importance of viewer ratings, there are plenty of opportunities to explore the cultural and business factors that influence what we watch and how we watch it.