We visited the museum with our 8 year old son on a Friday during the half term holidays and with regret, have to say it was a wasted day out. Having read about Eureka and how it was aimed at an age group up to 11 years old, we were looking forward to seeing what was inside. Unfortunately with the 20 minute wait to get in queueing against the large window, all we could see was bedlam with the floor space literally covered in families eating packed lunches. We thought maybe it was just a busy picnic area and eventually duly paid quite a high entrance fee in the hope that we would see the exhibits while everyone was having lunch. Boy we were wrong!! The entire museum was scarily full...and every available free space appeared to be full of someone eating. When we managed to shuffle (and shuffling is the only way you can navigate the overcrowded walkways) into the various zones only to be presented with dirty, broken displays that were over run with screaming toddlers. Nothing seemed to work properly sadly, and the whole "interactive" experience was completely lost. The staff seemed stressed, tired and overwhelmed...and i cant really blame them. There was an enormous queue for the ladies toilet and trying to get into the little M&S would, quute frankly, have been dangerous. It was a mad house. We ploughed on for another 20 minutes and after being shoved out the way one time too many by rude parents and children decided to escape and cut our loses (where we anti-bacced our hands liberally!) Its really for younger children and toddlers ( key stage 1 age at the most) and no, we wont be using our annual pass to return.
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