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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 7+, the Investigate Centre 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 the Investigate Centre 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 the Investigate Centre, 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.
Explore the galleries with the Museum map
Find out how to get around with the Museum map. There are four zones to discover.
How to find the Investigate Centre
The Investigate Centre 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.
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