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October half term

Get the most out of the school holidays with interactive activities and mind-blowing IMAX cinema in Bradford.

Join us this October half term for a journey of exploration and discovery. Ignite your family’s curiosity with live science shows, experiments and awe-inspiring IMAX cinema. Explore the full programme below.

Visiting us during half term

We’ll be open every day during half term, and a safe and enjoyable experience is our top priority. All visitors are now required to book a free museum admission ticket in advance. To help us manage the number of people in different spaces in the museum at one time, some galleries and activities will also require an additional ticket—we recommend you book these at the same time as your admission ticket.

Read our reopening FAQ for answers to any questions you may have about visiting the museum.

Bradford Science Festival

Visitors watching a family show at the National Science and Media Museum

50 Million Tonnes live show

When: 11.00, 13.00, 14.30 on 26–28 October
Where: Gallery 1, Level 1
Price: Free, booking required

Will technology destroy our planet, or could it give us the solutions we need? Discover the answers in this live show, packed with fun things to do with old tech.

Event information and tickets for 50 Million Tonnes live show

The Virtually Live Science Showdown

When: 11.00, 13.00, 14.30 on 30–31 October
Where: Gallery 1, Level 1
Price: Free, booking required

In this live science game show, different experiments battle it out to be crowned your winner. Join our Explainers for exciting demos and surprising science!

Event information and tickets for The Virtually Live Science Showdown

Things to do at home

Check out the Bradford Science Festival page for lots of activities you can enjoy at home. From 24 October there will be videos to watch, activity sheets to download and online workshops where you can get creative with sound!

Wonderlab Live

Giant keyboard

Where: Gallery 1, Level 1
Price: Free

Come and think like a scientist in this all-new family experience. See live demos, play a giant keyboard with your feet, and discover new adventures in the science of light and sound.

Read more about Wonderlab Live


A child placing his hands on the heat-sensitive wall in Wonderlab

Where: Level 3
Price: Free

Explore light and sound through mind-bending exhibits in our interactive gallery. Get lost in the Mirror Maze, make art using light, travel through a laser tunnel and find out whether you can photograph the split-second splash of a water droplet.

Read more about Wonderlab

Games Lounge

Visitors in the Games Lounge

Where: Level 5
Price: £2, booking required

Enjoy technology in action in our brilliantly retro Games Lounge. Play your way through videogaming history with classic console and arcade games, from Pac-Man to Super Mario Kart.

Read more about Games Lounge and book tickets

The Forgotten Showman

Decorative image

Where: Gallery 2, Level 2
Price: Free

Visit this exhibition to discover how Robert Paul, the forgotten pioneer of cinematography, invented British cinema.

Read more about The Forgotten Showman