History

A Eureka! moment…

Dame Vivien Duffield , Chair of the Clore Duffield Foundation, was inspired by the children’s museums that she saw during visits to the USA. Back at home she pursued her idea to create the UK’s very own children’s museum, and The Museum for Children was formally constituted as a registered charity in 1985.

Why Halifax?

HRH The Prince of Wales had become aware of a vacant site in Halifax, West Yorkshire through his involvement with Business in the Community. He suggested that the location would be perfect for Eureka!, hoping also that its creation would act as a catalyst for economic regeneration in Halifax.

Prince Charles officially opened the museum on 9 July 1992. Eureka! cost more than £9 million to develop and open, primarily funded by the Clore Duffield Foundation, though funding came from a number of sources within both the charitable and corporate sectors.

Dame Vivien remains Eureka!’s Life President, and Prince Charles went on to be our patron until 2002.

Prince Charles meets Scoot

Prince Charles meets Scoot

HRH The Prince of Wales meets Scoot the Robot at the opening of Eureka! on 9 June 1992.

Before the build...

Before the build...

Taken 11 November 1990

The site before the main build starts!

Starting to take shape...

Starting to take shape...

Taken 18 March 1991

The frame is up, and everything is starting to take shape.

Look familiar?

Look familiar?

Taken 10 June 1991…

The building is really starting to look like the museum we know and love!

The museum framework

The museum framework

Taken 18 March 1991

 

Inside Eureka!

Inside Eureka!

The familiar colourful pillars and frames start to be installed inside the museum…

Prince Charles meets Scoot

Prince Charles meets Scoot
HRH The Prince of Wales meets Scoot the Robot at the opening of Eureka! on 9 June 1992.

Before the build...

Before the build...
Taken 11 November 1990 The site before the main build starts!

Starting to take shape...

Starting to take shape...
Taken 18 March 1991 The frame is up, and everything is starting to take shape.

Look familiar?

Look familiar?
Taken 10 June 1991... The building is really starting to look like the museum we know and love!

The museum framework

The museum framework
Taken 18 March 1991  

Inside Eureka!

Inside Eureka!
The familiar colourful pillars and frames start to be installed inside the museum...
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