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Thinktank Birmingham Science Museum
Ranked #49 of 296 things to do in Birmingham
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Owner description: Thinktank is Birmingham's unique and award-winning science museum housed at Millennium Point in the heart of the city. This exciting attraction offers ten galleries of historical artefacts, modern interactives and fantastic futuristic facts. You can explore everything from aircraft and steam engines to intestines and taste buds - and even emotional robots! Thinktank is like nothing you've ever seen before and will stimulate your mind whatever your age.
Useful Information: Activities for young children, Stroller parking, Lockers / storage, Bathroom facilities, Activities for older children, Wheelchair access
Reviewed March 16, 2014

We visited the Thinktank on 15/314. On arrival we were told we might want to change our minds about visiting as there were 600 brownies visiting that day. As we'd already travelled and parked we felt it best to continue with our visit. We were also told not to use the lifts as they were clogged up with brownies!! We found that many of the exhibits were inaccessible to my children as the entire place was over run by brownies and their leaders. This extended to the science garden and the planetarium. We also found that many of the exhibits were not working properly. I feel that the Tinktank should have advertised on their website that they were expecting such a large party as we would definitely have postponed our visit. We did mention this to the Manager but he seemed largely disinterested. He seemed to feel that as we were told on entry about the Brownies' visit that we had been informed. He did not appreciate the cost we had already incurred or that we would have had two very disappointed children. Overall, very disappointing. Will definitely not be returning and would not recommend.

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Reviewed March 10, 2014

By booking on-line at least 24 hours before your visit you save about 10% on the admission price and just swipe your card when you arrive to pick up your tickets.

The experience has something for most ages with loads of stuff in display cases to read about if that's your thing or more hands on if that's what you want. The content of some of the exhibits is way beyond young children but they will almost certainly love the Street area with the Dr's reception, Dental Surgery, café etc.. for role playing.

The café on the ground floor was busy on an ordinary Saturday, must be chaos in the holidays but service was good.

Getting to the Science garden is a bit of a faff, especially with a pram as it involves going up or down in the lift inside the museum and then down again outside but as long as the sun is shinning, the kids love the garden area with all of the hands on exhibits.

The cost is quite high but no more than similar museums in other areas (Leicester Space Centre, Snibston Discovery park etc..) It can't compete with the London museums, either on content or free admission but we don't all live that close to the Capitol for day trips out.

Thank jh2
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Reviewed March 8, 2014

Imax cinema is one of the best places in the country to watch a film,
We went to a 12,20 showing of 300 rise of empire 3d only 20 people there quiet and a perfect view . Please beware that the car park is charged by the hour the longer you stay the more you pay.

As other people have mentioned think tank is expensive for a museum and lots of the hands on things for children do not work, the only real joy is the ground floor where the city of Birmingham train is along with cars and old machines for pin makeing etc.
My advise would be go to the art gallery and museum by the council house in the city centre as it's free . So to sum up imax cinema yes do it 72 feet wide and 48 feet high fantastic ,think tank give it a miss you may be disappointed .

1  Thank oakley 56
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Reviewed March 5, 2014

We went with our grandchildren all I can say the girl on the ticket counter was very rude and not helpful at all and at £39.00 for the entrance fee it's not worth it at all I took my two children quite lot when they were young and it was ok but the place has gone down hill in my books there was lots of stuff out of service and not working if they had put more effort in to putting the equipment right instead of laminated out of order sheets up it would be sorted I wouldn't recommend it to anyone there is plenty of free places to visit I will not be wasting my time and money going there again it's a rip off

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Reviewed February 28, 2014

No cafe during term time, which I was unaware of when entering. Although was a small drink/snack area, unfortunately this was also in the same place as all the children on school trips ate their lunch, so VERY noisy.
Think tank great day out, son loved it, very interactive, but be prepared to spend whole day not just few hours as recommended. The Science Garden is great fun whilst learning so choose dry day if possible and be prepared to join in the fun.

Thank dacory
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