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“Not Only in England”

National Science and Media Museum
Ranked #5 of 81 things to do in Bradford
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Owner description: The National Science and Media Museum is a fabulous free museum in Bradford, West Yorkshire devoted to the science and culture of light and sound technologies. Filled with fun educational exhibits, including the state-of-the-art Wonderlab gallery, three cinema screens including the IMAX 3D cinema (charges apply), the museum also hosts events for children and festivals covering animation, retro TV, film and more.The National Science and Media Museum is a fun day out in Bradford for the whole family.
Brimfield, United Kingdom
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“Not Only in England”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 7, 2014

Looking for a weatherproof activity for two families with children whilst visiting friends in Harrogate we opted for the temptations of the National Media Museum. Being a lover of all things focal I was delighted to see that there was a temporary exhibition of the work of Tony Ray-Jones and Martin Parr entitled 'Only in England' which I thought would find me the only one of the group extolling the skill of the darkroom alchemists. Happily this was not the case, in fact the lyrical wistfulness and gentle humour played out well with my erstwhile wife and daughter.
Lunch was excellent in the canteen, small but amusingly stocked shop, didn't visit the Imax cinema. The display of retro games machines was a jolly jiggle down memory lane for some of us, the younger ones aghast at the awesome simplicity and brutal modernity of Pong.
Lots of interactive gubbins for those with short attention spans and a need for stimulation. The Kodak archive is either a laughably kitsch or ironically sinister implausible recreation of a Victorian photographers studio, fascinating objects though, love the retro magic of the Kodak Disc Camera!
All in all, well worth a second visit and the fact that it is still free entry makes this a brilliant family day in! What we would have spent on tickets we spent in the canteen and shop, canny beggars these Science Museum wallahs...

Visited April 2014
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Retford, United Kingdom
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“Had a great time”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 3, 2014

We had a great time with our teenage children as there was something for all of us.

I know we are a bit behind the times, but the iMax space show was amazing and we thought worth the extra charge

Visited May 2014
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Bradford, United Kingdom
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“Awesome Imax Experience”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 1, 2014

My son and I are visit the Imax theatre which is housed within Bradford's National Media Museum and must say that, if you have not watched a movie or a documentary in 3D, you need to pop into the Imax.

The screen is amazing and breathtaking. We have watched a number of box office movies at the Imax in 3D and never once disappointed.

Once you watched a 3D movie at the Imax no other cinema compares to the experience. Yes it is slightlier more expensive in comparison to your box standard cinema, but then you do realise the difference between the two.

Visited December 2013
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Bakewell, United Kingdom
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“Excellent ”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 28, 2014 via mobile

There aren't many museums that grab teenagers and parents alike but this one does. Whether it's reading the news or presenting the weather forecast, learning about how television or the internet works , or remembering the old TVs and computers you had, this is a fantastic free day. You have to pay for the IMAX ( well worth trying) but the rest is free. There is a nice cafe on the ground floor and the sausage sandwiches are brilliant. Car parking is paid for but only £2.40 (I think) for 4 hours so not bad. Lots of hands on stuff for kids of all ages (5 to 95)!

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Cheshire UK
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“Worth another visit”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 28, 2014

It was particularly interesting, it would appeal to all age groups, including children.
Admission is free, although donations can be given.

Visited April 2014
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