National Science and Media Museum

Due to the coronavirus, museums and galleries across the country may be closed or you may have to book a timed ticket in order to visit. Please check their websites and social media channels for up to date information.

West Yorkshire

  • General Enquiries: 0800 047 8124

At the National Science and Media Museum, we explore the science and culture of light and sound technologies and their impact on our lives. We aim to inspire the scientists and engineers of the future to see more, hear more, think more and do more. Our galleries and exhibition spaces help us illuminate world-famous collections in photography, film and television. Our team of Explainers create learning activities that fuel the imagination and get under the skin of our collections and exhibitions. We're also home to Pictureville Cinema, which includes the UK's first IMAX—the biggest screen in West Yorkshire. Our three cinema screens allow us to showcase the magic of moving images from around the world in Bradford, the first UNESCO City of Film. We’re part of the Science Museum Group, along with the Science Museum in London, the Science and Industry Museum in Manchester, the National Railway Museum in York, and Locomotion in Shildon.

Further information

Opening Hours:

10.00–16.00, Wednesday to Sunday. Cinemas reopening from 17 September. Closed 25–26 December.


Entry to the museum is free; booking essential. Charges apply for cinemas.

All information is drawn from or provided by the venues themselves and every effort is made to ensure it is correct. Please remember to double check opening hours with the venue concerned before making a special visit.

Facilities and services


  • Toilets
  • Auditorium
  • Baby changing facilities
  • Cafeteria
  • Education facilities available
  • Facilities for private functions and events
  • Parking for disabled available
  • Reception and lunch facilities for educational groups
  • Research facilities for academics
  • Restaurant
  • Shop
  • Toilets for disabled
  • Wheelchair access to all public areas
  • Breastfeeding facilities
  • Buggy parking facilities
  • High chairs in café/restaurant
  • Object study facilities available (enquire in advance)
  • Conference facilities available
  • Wheelchairs available for loan
  • Cinema/film screening facilities
  • IMAX
  • Late night openings
  • Licensed bar
  • Picnic area
  • Refreshments
  • Wi-fi available
  • Library


  • Academic publications and resources available
  • Adult lectures and courses held
  • Brochure or leaflet available with directions to museum
  • Events and resources for children and families
  • Information point provided
  • Pre-booking service for groups
  • Public access available to collections information
  • Activities for pre-school children
  • Public access to stores available
  • Induction loops in exhibition spaces
  • Large print information and/or interpretation
  • Volunteering scheme offered
  • Teaching/resources available for HE/FE students
  • Early years education service available
  • Member of staff available with responsibility for education
  • Online teaching materials available
  • Primary school education service available
  • Secondary school education service available
  • Special educational needs education services available

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