Celebrating our highest visitor numbers in 20 years!

Sophie Ballinger

By: Sophie Ballinger | Date: 2/02/2018

Celebrating record numbers at Eureka!

303,545 people visited Euerka! in 2017, up more than 15,000 on the previous year...

We’re celebrating our busiest year in two decades, having welcomed 303,545 people through its doors in 2017!

It was the highest number of visitors since 1998 and the numbers were buoyed by the opening of the Spark Gallery, launched in July, featuring the European premiere of futuristic technology-led exhibition digiPlaySpace.

The exhibition was created by Toronto International Film Festival and it gave us our busiest summer since 1998, and led to us extending its original six-month run to Easter 2018 due to popular demand.

"It’s fantastic to see Eureka! booming as it’s marked its 25th anniversary, with the best visitor numbers in almost 20 years.

The new gallery has obviously added some extra ‘spark’ to this already well loved and unique family attraction. Halifax is experiencing a wonderful renaissance right now and it’s great to see Eureka! at the heart of that success."

Sir Gary Verity | Chief Executive of Welcome to Yorkshire

"I have such fond memories of Eureka! opening when I was just 6 years old and so it has been an absolute pleasure to champion everything that it has to offer as the MP for our town, 25 years on.

I am delighted last year’s celebrations brought record numbers of visitors, which is great for Eureka! and great for Halifax. Well done to the Eureka! team for making it such a fantastic year and I will look forward to working with you towards the next 25 years."

Holly Lynch | MP for Halifax

“There is no better end to the celebrations for our 25th anniversary year than knowing the last 12 months saw so many people flock to Eureka! to enjoy everything we have on offer. The huge increase in numbers was very much down to lots of new first-time visitors from across the UK coming to see digiPlaySpace, which is so pleasing as it was a very different exhibit for us.

Many other visitors have been families coming back twice or more using our innovative ticketing system where people pay once and return as many times as they want over a year. We are now looking to the future with our plans for a second Eureka! in the Mersey region, in partnership with Merseytravel and Wirral Council.

And before then, we can’t wait to make 2018 another year to remember. We’ll be revealing more details soon but I can say we have a digital art exhibition coming to Eureka! this summer that we know everyone will love.”

Leigh-Anne Stradeski | Eureka! Chief Executive

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Eureka! The National Children’s Museum
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