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United Kingdom
South West England
City of Bristol
United Kingdom
South West England
City of Bristol

We The Curious

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  • We The Curious, Bristol, is one of the main Bristol science museums.
  • Enjoy the first-ever 3D planetarium in the UK in a unique space.
  • Discover ever-changing exhibits to excite and inspire your family.
  • See some of the brilliant events that We The Curious put on throughout the year.

We The Curious is an art and science centre in Bristol, United Kingdom. This Bristol museum is known for its fascinating interactive exhibits, the Live Science Team, and having the UK's first 3D planetarium, so there'll be plenty you'll want to see. They are currently building Project What If in 2020, exploring Bristol as a city, which will redesign the foyer and ground floor. 24 of the exhibits will be recreated elsewhere, and 18 of the exhibits will come back at a later date. If you're looking for more amazing things to do in Bristol with kids, we think you'd also love Ashton Court Estate.

We The Curious opened as At-Bristol in 2000, as the successor to the science centre Exploratory. It sits in the former terminus train shed for Bristol Temple Meads railway station, on the former Canon's Wharf. Near Millennium Square this is a Grade II listed building. The name change came in 2017 when We The Curious started showing art exhibits as well as science within their space. On the site was originally the exhibit Wildwalk, an ecology science centre. It contained two artificial rainforests, aquariums, hands-on exhibits, and live animal exhibits. Some of these assets have been able to be included at We The Curious, so you can still be inspired by the animal world around you. We The Curious focuses on the environment, with a commitment to sustainability throughout the museum and within their promotional work.

We The Curious has created several exhibits over the years and is continually developing new ones to show to the people that visit. The Tinkering Space allows people to create and invent with a variety of object such as a giant ball run. The Food Exhibit is a kitchen and greenhouse which looks at the science of food. Live Lab introduces people to current scientific practices like practical lab skills, dissecting, and how to research. All About Us has 50 interactive exhibits for people to learn about the human body. This includes Real Brain, which, as the name suggests, displays a real human brain for the public to see. Your Amazing Brain can also teach you about neuroscience but in a less realistic manner. Animate It! was created with Aardman Studios to introduce guests to animation. Our World, with Icy Bodies, Giant Bubbles, and the Turbulent Orb, helps visitors to discover the world through investigation. Space Gallery includes exhibits about space travel and discovery.

It is also the home of the planetarium. For children aged six and over, the planetarium helps to introduce visitors to space in an interactive 30-minute 3D show. For children under six, they can still enjoy space with a 2D show. Although it is no longer the only planetarium in the UK, as the first one there's something special about being able to see a show there. Enjoy the Solar System Odyssey, a Rocketship Adventure, Planetarium Sounds and Planetarium Nights. It's truly one-of-a-kind!

For other We The Curious events, during the winter months, the museum has been helping to put a temporary ice rink in Millennium Square every year since 2013. However, they have also replaced it with the BUMP roller disco to help with their pledge to become carbon neutral by 2030. The museum holds day and night events throughout the year, so there will always be something going on when we visit. For something new, you could try Scribble Bots, where robots help you to draw.

Are you feeling hungry? Luckily, there's an on-site café, with views over Millennium Square. Enjoy fresh, sustainable food, with local and organic ingredients used where possible. The café has won a variety of awards for being sustainable, fair-trade, and serving up delicious meals. If you're looking for a lovely place to relax after your day, this is a must-visit. There are also chains like Prezzo and Las Iguanas nearby. If you're looking for a fun new gift for a family member, the gift shop is particularly unique. The gifts are also recycled and locally sourced where possible, so are great for environmentally conscious members of the family.

For more fun and interactive science-based days out, you might enjoy the Magna Science Adventure Centre in Rotherham.

What to know before you go

  • The We The Curious opening times are subject to change, so check online before your visit.
  • Pre-booking is necessary.
  • All areas are accessible for disabled visitors.
  • Buggy parks are available if required.
  • There are accessible toilets available.
  • The café is buggy and wheelchair accessible.

Getting there

  • For car parking, Millennium Square car park is a 24hr car park adjacent to We The Curious.
  • The closest station is Bristol Temple Meads, which is a 20-minute walk or a 10-minute bus ride.
  • For buses, First Bus number 8 or 9 to College Green from Bristol Temple Meads station will get you to within walking distance. Bristol Insight - Open-Top Bus Tour runs a regular service from Bristol Temple Meads and stops just outside We The Curious.
  • The 902 Portway service stops next to We The Curious on Anchor Road. The M2 service from the Long Ashton Park and Ride stops on the other side of the harbour at Wapping Wharf. The 904 from Brislington stops in the city centre to let you walk or get another bus.
  • We The Curious is located very close to the National Cycle Network, with cycle parking and bike pumps outside the museum.

Please follow the latest government guidelines if travelling by public transport.

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