Drop in to Investigate, our science centre where children and adults can get hands-on with the Museum's collection.
Designed especially for families with children aged 5-14, Investigate has over 300 specimens to explore and spark your curiosity. You'll discover remarkable objects ranging from trays of fossils and beetles to larger bones, skins, minerals and much more.
Get up close with nature
Everything in Investigate can be held or touched, so pick an object to study and unleash your inner scientist. Examine it under a microscope or compare it with others objects, browse the dedicated library or chat with one of our friendly science educators, who are always on hand to support your investigation.
What will you discover?
Scientists make predictions about the natural world based on their observations. In Investigate, children are encouraged to think, explore and ask questions like a scientist. With so much to discover, there's something to inspire every young scientist.
When to visit
Investigate is open to families during the following times:
Monday - Friday: 15.40-17.00
Saturday, Sunday and school holidays: 11.00-17.00
Last entry: 16.30
How to find Investigate
Investigate is in the Green Zone on the Lower Ground Floor. It can be accessed by the lift or stairs opposite the Creepy Crawlies gallery on the Ground Floor.
Families do not need to book to visit Investigate, however school groups must book in advance.
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