We The Curious

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We The Curious
4.5
Science Museums • Observatories & Planetariums
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
We The Curious was previously known as At-Bristol Science Centre; an educational charity with an aim to “make science accessible to all”, it opened in 2000, and welcomed over 5 million visitors in the past 17 years. At-Bristol relaunched as We The Curious in September 2017, with a new vision that is committed to creating a culture of curiosity. We The Curious is an idea and a place for everyone. Our venue on Bristol’s harbourside is a bit like an indoor festival, with all sorts of different experiences, where you can interact with exhibits, test stuff out and participate rather than just visit. We’re all about empowering everyone to ask questions and get creative - with boundaries removed between science, art, people and ideas - a culture of curiosity.
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Emma H
Consett, UK57 contributions
Aug 2021 • Family
Great museum! It’s not often you find a museum which is excellent for young kids but equally really cool and educational for adults too. We were a group of 4 adults and 2 children (age 4 & 6) and all learnt loads and had lots of fun. Loads of interactive fun things to do, and we spent far longer there than anticipated (about 3 hours).
Written August 23, 2021
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Thanks for your review, and so glad to hear that you enjoyed your visit and that it catered for all ages. Hope to see you again for another visit in the future.
Written August 31, 2021
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Hk I
Bristol, UK11 contributions
Aug 2021
This is not just for children! We The Curious is fantastic, we are so lucky to have a venue like this in Bristol. The exhibitions are super engaging for adults as well, each time I learn so much. I love how the current exhibition is built around questions Bristolians have about science and life, and how it includes spirituality as well. I am not spiritual myself but it was so interesting to learn what different people thought their souls were all about. The exhibitions tie into one another as well, where information about DNA, sand, the vastness of universe and so on were clearly linked. What an amazing place.
Written August 7, 2021
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Shucks thank you so much! We think this might be one of the best reviews we've ever had :) We're so pleased that you enjoyed your visit and we really hope to see you again soon. Thanks again!
Written August 10, 2021
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Aggie
Scarborough, UK5 contributions
Dec 2019
We came to Bristol from Yorkshire for Christmas and visited We The Curious on Friday 27th December to see the show in the centre's famous 3D Planetarium. The whole experience was absolutely wonderful, all the staff were very friendly and helpful. Ruth who was hosting the show was totally amazing, she took us through our journey in space and time which was fascinating, beautiful and funny. After the show we felt like going straight to another! We will be back for sure and would recommend the centre and the Planetarium to anybody of any age. Aggie and John
Written January 1, 2020
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Miss_flowergirl
Gloucestershire, UK5 contributions
Dec 2021 • Family
It was ok. Basically That’s how our family felt following our day out here. Family of 5 with planetarium £75 so not a cheap day out, plus an expensive cafe (we bought picnic lunch but coffee/extra drinks soon added up!) Considering many local museums are free I’m not sure it’s very good value for money for larger families…
That being said, It’s Great for kids aged 4-8 with lots of things to keep that age group busy all day. Our kids being a few years older than this, were bored after 2 hours and we felt they had outgrown it since we came a couple of years ago sadly.
The planetarium was definitely our highlight- that’s worth paying for if you have young kids, not sure it’s aimed at adults really.
On the plus side, it wasn’t too busy, We saw staff regularly wiping everything down with antibacterial upstairs which was great. Lots of hand sanitiser everywhere and the picnic area was kept clean.
The staff are very friendly and helpful.
Not up there with our best days out sadly but it was..ok!
Written December 28, 2021
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Hi there. Thanks so much for visiting and for taking the time to leave a review. We're always looking for ways to improve our offer and pricing and so it's really useful to receive this kind of feedback, even if some it isn't so positive - it gives us something to work on! I'll be sure to share your feedback with the team and hopefully you might choose to visit us again at some point in the future. Thanks, Rachel
Written January 4, 2022
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Helen Jackson
2 contributions
Aug 2021 • Family
I think the museum would be improved with more scientific content and less subjective wiffle, e.g. people telling you how they feel about sand, colors and parts of Bristol. The science content was not as strong as other child-oriented science museums I have been to and IMO slightly risks giving children a false impression of what science is like. But my daughter enjoyed it.
Written August 30, 2021
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Thanks for taking the time to leave a review after your visit, glad to hear that your daughter enjoyed her visit. Our new exhibition 'Project What If' does explore some areas not traditionally seen in science centres before, and a big part of it for us was to showcase a diversity of voices and experiences. It is a move away from the more traditional science centre model, as we want to encourage people to explore questions in lots of different ways, and to make sure that people of all ages and backgrounds feel that they can connect with science. Thanks again for your feedback, it's really valuable to hear what our visitors think.
Written August 31, 2021
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Sara T
4 contributions
Dec 2021 • Family
Loads to see and do, very interactive, kids loved it (7 and 5 yrs old) and all educational.
Paid extra to see the 2D planetarium show, was worth it.
Watched the free fairytale SOS show, not so good! Was ok, but equipment not prepped properly so experiments didn’t always work.
Easy to get to, parking really close by, annoyingly had to scan tickets to get back into the main attraction area after going into the cafe, think they should provide stickers or wristbands for ease…??
Great day, was there for 4 hours ish.
Written December 29, 2021
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Hi there. Thanks so much for visiting and for taking the time to leave a review. Great to hear that your kids had a great time and that you spent four hours with us! I know re-scanning tickets can be a bit frustrating, but this is the only way that we can safely and securely manage readmission (stickers and wrist bands often get lost). I'm not sure what happened with Fairytale SOS but I'll pass your feedback onto the team so we can improve things in the future. Thanks so much, Rachel
Written January 4, 2022
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Andy&Debs
Reading, UK2 contributions
Feb 2020 • Couples
We saw two shows, the Solar system and the Winter Sky over Bristol. The first was an exploration of features in our Solar system chosen by the Audience by vote and the use of a large inflatable Mars ball being thrown about. It was well presented by Nick (sorry if we got this wrong), light, funny and engaging. The second show was the winter sky over Bristol focussing on what we could see when we walked out and looked up at the sky. The focus was the constellations around Orion and the nebular. We can only say it was spectacular. Ruth the presenter, was so enthusiastic and knowledgable with her explanations of what we were seeing, but kept it light hearted making the show engaging for all. The 3D is awesome and elicited gasps from those around us, the 2D nebula pictures just mesmerised us and the gasping continued with the explanations helping to add context. There is a small bar just outside on adult evenings and a very interesting exhibition on space to see while you are waiting, with some hands on displays. We will be back for all the seasonal shows when back in Bristol.
Written February 10, 2020
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SSLadybirdS
Gloucester, UK9 contributions
Jul 2021 • Family
Went with a 4,6 and 7 year old and had an amazing time! Everything is hands on and friendly for all our children! We didn’t book the planetarium as wasn’t sure the 4 yr old would sit through it. Best part was being able to leave and go back. We got there at 10.30, left at noon for some lunch and went back about 1.30 for another 2.5-3hours. The kids had more fun the second time round! The bad reviews, I feel, are unfair. If you want somewhere where you can let your kids roam and learn at their own pace then this is perfect but they do need an adult to play with them too. Sometimes they wanted us adults and sometimes they didn’t! If your children don’t like drawing and art then half of the upstairs won’t interest them but all our kids are very creative and spent a good while drawing and playing with the animation stations. The biggest hit was the ‘wonky’ room which we had to drag the kids out of to let others enjoy it! The staff on the door were great but the staff inside could at least look more approachable if I’m being totally honest! The best staff member was an older guy going round and disinfecting the exhibits - not overly talkative but was doing his job in the most unobtrusive way possible. We can’t wait to go back!! We travelled by train as an extra treat for the kids too!
Written July 8, 2021
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Thanks so much for the five star review! We're really pleased that you got so much from your day and we hope you come again soon.
Written July 15, 2021
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emeraldsue
Ruishton, UK31 contributions
Feb 2020
If you have children aged between 2 and 8 this attraction may well suit. No comparison between here and @ Bristol. Curious has maintained several of the @ Bristol exhibits, thank goodness, but it has bought in some news ones and altered some older ones. The effect is not good. On the third floor is a section advertised as a ball themed activity. What we saw was a bunch of parents on the floor using gaffer tape to stick cardboard tubes together and then onto a bit of scaffold. Kids just running around trying to find somewhere to play with the little balls as the parents clearly weren't building the ball runs quickly enough!!!! Baby changing filthy with soiled nappies piled on the floor next to over flowing bins. Exorbitant prices for drinks, food, thank goodness BYO food is allowed! Planetarium programme changed on a whim, sadly to the disadvantage of those with under 5s despite the fact that you may be holding a ticket for 0-2 years in your hand! My advise.....complain and ask to see manager. Staff are very young and doing their best. Manager was helpful and refunded planetarium ticket money and dealt with baby changing area instantly. No need to be rude or aggressive the staff are doing the best they can, as is the manager, the problems start much higher up the food chain.
Written February 20, 2020
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Melica
Cambridge, UK59 contributions
Feb 2020 • Family
A delightful hands-on museum which could be fantastic if they allocated time slots for entrance. Understandable it was busy due to half term but it spoils it a little when they continue to ram people into an already busy space.
That being said, the activities were fantastic and very varied. A few not working but that’s to be expected when heavily used. All the staff were friendly and polite which is always good.
Millennium square outside is beautiful and somewhere really nice to take a break or some photos!
Written February 27, 2020
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