I'd been meaning to visit for ages, as my family have a history of living and working in the area and with the old colliery, of which site this museum occupies.
I went with my two girls, 7 and 1.5, and all three of us were completely engaged throughout. There are so many hands-on activities (all around scientific/power/energy themes), some really clever (lifting a car, making fire, stopping a tornado).
There is also a kid's play area (great for my 1.5yo) and a large outside play area with a giant sandpit.
We spent 3 hours there, but didn't even stretch to the colliery tour or the train ride (cost extras). Cost was around £6 adult / £4 over 5s / free under 5s. Plus £2 for the train, £3 for the colliery tour.
Overall, a very well designed museum with a lot for all the family to do. Recommended.
This is a great museum with plenty for both children and adults. It is built on the site on an old colliery and you can go on guided tours of the colliery buildings that still remain. The museum itself tries to explain gears, electricity, the importance of the invention of the wheel, the history of mining in Leicestershire and how coal was formed. It also has a section devoted to fashion and some beam engines that are sometimes powered up with steam - which must be a wonderful site.
All this may not seem to fit together very well but in practice it does and it means that whatever their interests people of all ages find something to interest them. The adults might not spend too long jumping in front of a bright light so they can see their shadow captured on the wall but they'll be quite happy to let their children fo the jumping while they peer at the hoover their mother used to have and thins such as floppy (yes, the 5 and quarter floppy, floppy) disk, saying "We used to have one of those".
Outside is a play area with a scientific theme. Our children played happily in the replica colliery tower and slide while we experimented with the 2 huge disks that you could whisper into and the person by the other disk could hear your voice clearly, and the 2 swings attached to the same swinging plank of wood. One person sits in the swing, the other person swings the in the other swing. Gradually the person who is just sitting starts to be swung higher and higher and the person soing the swinging finds it getting harder and harder until they gradually stop moving. It is weird and a wonderful illustration of what my husband assured me was waves and then seeing I still looked mystified, "physics".
There was also a rather wonderful looking array of water troughs and tubes to play with but this, very sensibly was shut. given that the wind was coming straight down from the arctic I think this was wise. Some children will play with water even if it is freezing so it is better not to tempt them. We'll visit again in the summer.
There is a cafe. Service was slow but we all got what we wanted. The Cafe and foyer are in a very pleasant area. there is plenty of space and an special exhibition area. If it hadn't been so cold we could have wondered around a nature reserve. That too will have to wait for the summer. We'll defiantly be going back.
This is mainly a science museum for all ages,lovey big outdoor play area but also lots to do inside if it's raining,there is a small indoor play for the younger ones,things to try and discover,things to play with and things to look at. There is a large shop and a biggish cafe,there is a few sets of toilets with disabled and baby change. Lovely day out for all the family!
Great place for the kids. We live nearby so we bought a season ticket which is good value, otherwise a tad expensive for a day only. Very educational & fun.
A large museum with many fun activities for children and adults alike. It was originally a place to commorate the towns mining heritage but has been turned into a science and industry museum. There is a cafe, a large outdoor playing area and a theatre which doubles up as a cinema! Definately worth a visit!