Things to do at Thinktank Birmingham Science Museum review
In the centre of Birmingham is the Thinktank Science Museum. It opened in 2001 and it is part of Birmingham Museums Trust. In 2005 the museum underwent a £2 million upgrade including the installation of a planetarium. It offers an enlightening and fun-packed day out for all the family.
The museum is housed inside the impressive Millennium Point building and there are four floors packed full of hands-on exhibits, historical collections and exhibits that will show you the science of the world all around us. From steam engines to talking robots and from gurgling guts to a chocolate wrapping machine. The museum has over 200 hands-on displays relating to science and technology.
Highlights include MiniBrum. This is an interactive mini-city for children under the age of 8. It features several different play zones including a transport area, shops, park and construction site with a slide. There are also specifically designed sensory areas for babies.
The science garden is an outdoor discovery space that is packed full of surprises and activities. There are 30 hands-on exhibits that explore engineering, mechanics, life and transportation. Other galleries include Discover the past which looks at the power of steam machines. Investigate the present that uncovers the science all around us. Find the future that looks at how we live now and in the future. The Spitfire gallery tells the story of the Spitfire. The Marine Worlds Gallery is where you can see an Ichthyosaur and other animals from the past and present.
Plus Our changing planet that’s for older children and adults to learn how human invention has impacted the world around us. We made it investigated the science behind manufacturing with lively interactive exhibits. Plus you can see the Smethwick Engine, the oldest working steam engine in the world that dates from 1779.
Please note – Most places may still require you to pre-book online in advance. Some venues also still have certain areas closed for safety reasons. Please check their website and/or social media pages before visiting.
FAQ and Further Information Thinktank Birmingham Science Museum
Is there food and drink available?
There is a cafe serving drinks and food. There is a picnic area.
What are the main things to do?
Large museum with a great number of interactive displays, there are numerous galleries, a play city for the under 8s and an outdoor interactive play area. There are toilets and a cafe.
What are the ticket prices?
*Prices are subject to change and/or discounts online. *Higher-priced. An adult ticket costs £14, children 3-15 £10.25, under 3s are free. The Planetarium costs £2.50 per person.
Is there parking?
There is parking nearby, charges apply.
When are they open?
Thinktank is open for most of the year. They are closed some week days during term time. For up to date opening times and dates please visit their website.
Are they accessible?
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