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The museum is open daily during the summer holidays. Please book free museum admission or cinema tickets online in advance

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Summer family fun

Get the most out of the summer holidays with live science demos and experiments, big screen gaming and incredible IMAX cinema in Bradford.


Visiting us this summer

The museum is open every day during the summer holidays (24 July – 5 September), and a safe and enjoyable experience is our top priority. To visit us, you’ll need to book a free museum admission ticket in advance. To help us manage the number of people in the museum, 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.


Royal Philharmonic Orchestra family workshops

Family music workshop

When: 12.30–15.30, Sunday 25 July; 12.30–15.30, Monday 26 July; 13.00–15.30, Tuesday 27 July
Where: Gallery 1, Level 1

Have you ever wondered what’s behind the music you listen to? Don’t miss this opportunity to explore sound with musicians from the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra! All ages are welcome to drop into these free workshops. You’ll listen to and create music together and take part in fun and interactive activities.

Image credit: Florence Royer


Free family activities

Girl wearing headphones

Sound demos

When: Daily, 24 July – 5 September 2021
Where: Gallery 1, Level 1

As part of our amazing new exhibition Boom: Experiments in Sound, our Explainers will be exploring the science of sound through live demos! Join us to discover the weird and wonderful ways sound can be used in film, TV and radio.

  • The Funk Junk Trolley See (and hear) how everyday objects and junk can be used creatively or made into musical instruments!
  • Get Sonic, Get Radiophonic Learn about how engineers and composers use the science of sound to make us feel a certain way.
  • Holy Foley! ‘Foley’ is the art of creating sound effects used in films and TV. Discover the history of Foley and explore the science of sound creation.
Children observing an experiment in Wonderlab

Wonderlab Live

When: Daily, 24 July – 5 September 2021
Where: Wonderlab, Level 3

Come and think like a scientist in Wonderlabwith interactive demonstrations and new adventures in the science of light and sound.

  • Laser Speaker Watch sound patterns come to life—our Explainers will bounce a laser off a speaker and show you the vibrations caused by bass and treble.
  • Voice Changer For safety reasons, we’ve had to temporarily close this interactive exhibit in Wonderlab—so we’ve recreated it in a Covid-safe way! Hear how sound can be manipulated to create cool effects.
  • Bacteria Laser Beam Explore the bizarre world of bacteria through the power of light refraction.

Big screen gaming

Gaming on the cinema screen in Pictureville

When: Every Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday, 28 July – 5 September 2021
Where: Cubby Broccoli Cinema, Level 1
Price: £12 for a group of up to six people for a 30-minute session

Have you ever wanted to play your favourite videogames on a cinema screen? Now’s your chance! Team up with family or friends, choose from a selection of more than 40 games and play together.

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