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“A nice exploration day - learning through play”
Review of We The Curious

We The Curious
Ranked #24 of 219 things to do in Bristol
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: 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.
Reviewed December 4, 2012

What a great place to take the grandkids for the day! All the exhibits are all-age-friendly so no one is left out, and as soon as you walk into the vast open space of educational fun, you can see why it's so popular. We spent almost a whole day exploring.

The first "station" you come to is a fabulous "through the ages" projection unit, which until you watch the curiousness of children, you don't realise that it's functioned using the latest X-Box technology and is fully interactive - you can put your hands and arms "into" the image and all sorts of spiders and creepy crawlies climb along your arms.

The X-Box technology is used in many places throughout @Bristol for various interactive activities, including On-Screen Volleyball for the older children and adults, and jumping in ‘puddles’ for the young - and young at heart!

Access is crucial - everything is easy to find, signposts are everywhere on the walls, toilets are fully equipped for everyone from mum and baby, to those with mobility restrictions. There are large lifts up to the Animation Floor. There is plenty of space everywhere, so even when @Bristol is busy, there's no jostling, no shoulder to shoulder, and queues are minimal. The only place which has restricted access is the Planetarium due to the small tiered seating system. So no pushchairs, wheel chairs, and people with limited mobility are recommended to sit this one out. The displays are nice - if a little dull for the younger children – I think that unless the children are spaceship mad, they may get bored.

The tickets are expensive, but everything you would need is on-site (though I recommend taking a picnic, as their specialised Family Picnic Area is excellent!) so you really could spend the whole day there.

The tickets come in the form of a wristband with a barcode on. This barcode can be scanned on a vast number of machines throughout @Bristol and records your activities. You can then log onto the @Bristol website when you get home and see everything you'd done throughout the day again and again! We found this fantastic for the kids to show members of the family who couldn’t be with us on the day.

@Bristol is such fun for all ages So much so that you don't realise how much you learn during your visit. There’s a car park within a 2 minute walk across the precinct, the Park and Ride bus stop is just outside the front of the building, and there are drop off and pick up points just outside the front door too. So it is easy to get to and no long walks to and from the car; an important consideration for those lacking mobility, or with very young children.

2  Thank Lucy R
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Reviewed November 26, 2012

Went with our 2 daughters, ages 1 and 5. Found the experience very dated, the exhibits are what you would have expected from a top museum 20 years ago. I think if the entry was cheaper we wouldn't have left so disappointed but we thought it poor value for money. I do feel that children around the age of 8-12 could get more from it than our 5 year old.

Thank Poppyap
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Reviewed November 18, 2012

good that they have changed some of the exhibits to make it worth revisiting, also that you can scan your wristband and see stuff you did online at home. It is frustrating that pencils not sharpened for the areas where you draw, equipment broken/damaged an unreplaced etc, I recall damage to the recording studio and light-mixing exhibit several years ago and was the same yesterday. Any exhibit which has been there for >5 years should probably be changed now.... or reduce the ticket price not increase it...
Nice people and relaxed atmosphere. A good time had by all.

Thank FFlyerBristol
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Reviewed November 10, 2012

Although not as large as the Science museum in London this small gem is an excellent way to spend a day. Almost all of the activities are hands on for the children ( and those young at heart ) to try. They have regular sghows thoughout the day and you are positively encouraged to try everything.
On a wet and miserable day in Bristol an excellent day out.
Although not cheap you can come and go all day .
They also have a way for you to scan some of your experiments, designs etc so that you can view them later.

Thank prw1970
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Reviewed November 7, 2012

We went on a rainy day on holiday. Reasonably priced for a family day out.

Our kids are 10 and 12 and did enjoy everything there, however I would say it would be even better fun for slightly younger children. That said we spent three happy hours in there.

Very busy in half term so would recommend getting there early.

Thank Maura W
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