Please note that some of the exhibits in the temporary exhibitions are not suitable for visitors with pacemakers, insulin pumps or cochlear implants due to static electricity or a stong magnetic field. These exhibits are clearly labelled in the gallery and on the exhibit list which you can download from underneath the description of each exhibition.
Sparks will fly in this exhibition of weird and wonderful experiments for all ages. All the key elements for a Frankenstein laboratory and more! Make an explosion using just water, experiment with batteries and generators, magnets and plasma globes, and see if you dare touch the electric fence.
To complete some of these puzzles you have to think about shapes and the way different parts fit together. Engineers and designers have to be good at this sort of thinking too. Scientists learn about the brain by studying ‘illusions' - the way our senses play tricks onus.
Find out what the ancients did for us. Shoot down a castle wall with a Roman catapult and see how the Egyptians locked their doors. Build an aqueduct to guide water to a village and try the Greek way of using the Sun to burn the enemy's ships. There is art and music as well and you can even write your name in hieroglyphics.
A collaboration between Science Projects Ltd and Cabaret Mechanical Theatre, The Mechanicals is a joyful interactive exhibition of comical, beautifully made automata and interactive exhibits that will give fun and knowledge to old and young alike.
Interactive boards make up the majoriy of the exhibition allowing you to play with and understand drives, pulleys, ratchets and levers that underpin our lives in so many ways. These boards also help you to understand the basic mechanisms involved in the automata and how they work.
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The Good vibrations exhibition is based all around the science of sound. We're surrounded by sound and our ears are bombarded by noise but do you know how sound is made and how it travels? It's all to do with vibrations of course. Experiment with odd musical instruments, find out how your vocal cords work, puzzle your brain with sound illusions and watch your voice on a computer screen.
We are open daily and have a full programme for the local school holidays