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Where will your curiosity take you?

Get ready to take your seat for a journey of discovery. Watch STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) come to life in our free shows. Delve into the magical mysteries of STEM's most exciting topics. Learn fascinating new facts.

When you're in the audience you'll be part of the experiments. You'll be wowed by amazing demos. You could be watching dancing fire or a super cool dry ice cannon. You could even be experiencing the explosive Elephant's Toothpaste. Check out what show themes are on when you visit. You don't want to miss a thing.

Check out what Science Theatre show is on during your visit
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So what's in a show?

Science shows are included with your ticket. They're completely free and totally unmissable. You can sit down, but you won't sit still. Our brilliant Inspirers will take you on a fun-packed adventure with exciting experiments, dazzling demos and fascinating facts.

The Science Theatre is an intimate environment. You might be asked to sit next to visitors not in your group. If you would rather not to do this, that's not a problem. Just let us know. We'll try to find you other seats if there's space or move your group to a quieter show.

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What sets the experience apart from just another museum is the staff, particularly those in the science shows. They're really good with children and happy to explain things further and interact.

Milly, TripAdvisor
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The science show was excellent and free.

Annette, Facebook
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 The science show and planetarium show are entertaining, educational and the right length for those with little attention spans.

Unknown, TripAdvisor

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Accessibility info

Accessibility information for the Science Theatre

The Science Theatre is accessible so everyone can enjoy all the fun. Sometimes there will be loud noises, but we'll tell you about them before the shows start. If you want to wear ear defenders, you can borrow them from the welcome area, Bio:Space, Science Theatre and Science Live.

If you don't like loud noises, you can come to a special not-so-noisy show. You can find out when these are on before you book your visit. If you feel nervous in a show, you can stay near the back and leave quickly if you need to.

We even have special British Sign Language days for shows in the Planetarium, Science Live and Science Theatre. Ask us and we'll tell you when they're on so you don't miss out.

Read all about about accessibility here
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Join the Curiosity Club

Spend the next 12 months making new discoveries with an annual membership. Get free entry, discounted tickets to The Planetarium and lots of special extras!

Join us with an annual membership
What's on After Dark this summer?

Did you know we also have evening events? Sit back and relax at Starlight Cinema as Cool Runnings plays out under the stars of the Planetarium. Watch as breath-taking Planetarium visuals bring to life the sounds of the legendary Pink Floyd and Led Zeppelin.

Find out what's going on
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Fiesta fun this summer

Olympic and Paralympic fever is taking over both inside and out! Beat the bugs in the Bug Olympics. Create an epic opening ceremony inspired by nature. Find out about the science of us. And discover what happens to our bodies during exercise. 

Join in the fun