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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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Welcome back

The National Science and Media Museum is open 10.00–16.00 daily during the summer holidays (24 July – 5 September). We can’t wait to welcome you back.

This summer, join us to experience two brand new exhibitions exploring the world of sound: Sonic: Adventures in Audio and Boom: Experiments in Sound. Don’t miss our fantastic family activities throughout the school holidays, including the chance to have a go at big screen gaming.

Ignite your curiosity in Wonderlab, play your way through the history of videogaming in the Games Lounge, and explore how photography was invented in the Kodak Gallery—including a new permanent display telling the story of Bradford’s Belle Vue Studio.

Please note that a small number of areas of the museum will remain closed for now. See ‘what’s open?’ below for a full list of open and closed areas, and read our reopening FAQ for more information on what has changed.


Our top priority is the health and safety of our visitors. To help us manage the number of people in the museum at one time, you’ll now need to book a free admission ticket in advance.

When booking you’ll be able to add extras such as a timed entry slot for the Games Lounge, as well as takeaway food options from our café.

What’s open?

Useful information

You can find essential safety information on our visit page. Detailed answers to questions you may have about visiting the museum are available in our reopening FAQ.


The museum is open 10.00–16.00 every day during the school summer holidays (24 July – 5 September 2021).

Outside school holidays, our opening hours are Wednesday to Sunday, 10.00–16.00.

Part of the Science Museum Group