Curzon Street, Birmingham, West Midlands, B4 7XG
Thinktank, Birmingham’s award-winning science museum, offers an enlightening and fun packed day out for the family.
The museum shares the Millennium Point building with Birmingham City University, and is situated in the Eastside district. It lies near Aston University and the Gun Quarter, so named because for many years it was the centre of the world’s gun-manufacturing industry.
Immediately opposite are The Woodman, a public house, and Curzon Street railway station. These listed buildings are some of the most iconic in Birmingham.
Housed inside the impressive Millennium Point building, at Thinktank you will find four floors of hands-on exhibits and historical collections that will amaze and inspire you, showing you the science of the world all around us.
After a recent £2million refurbishment, Thinktank now extends across four floors and features a wide range of displays. From steam engines and robots to gurgling guts and a chocolate wrapping machine, Thinktank has over 200 hands-on displays on science and technology.
Exhibits include MiniBrum, a new interactive gallery for under 8s, a new 4k Planetarium and Science Garden. Thinktank Planetarium was Birmingham’s first planetarium, and the UK’s first purpose-built digital planetarium.
It is used to display stars as they would appear from on Earth at any point in time, and to simulate travel to the stars. Aside from projecting stars, digital planetariums can fill the dome with 360˚ of sound and video, and are therefore also known as immersive cinemas or ‘fulldome’ theatres
If you are of a curious disposition, or you are looking to find a way to spend a day with the kids in Birmingham, visit Thinktank. The displays and exhibits are both educational and fun, making it ideal for a family day out.