Eureka! is an extraordinary fun-packed day out for kids aged 0-11
In our museum nothing is trapped inside a glass cabinet! We’re the only fully interactive museum totally dedicated to children aged 0-11 anywhere in the UK.
We love the weird and wonderful questions children ask and work hard to provide some of the answers. And, as the UK’s leading hands-on museum for just for children, we know how to make learning fun.
Our vision is to bring extraordinary opportunities for creative play and learning to all children. Could you support our work by sponsoring, donating or volunteering?
Eureka! is registered as an educational charity and launches a campaign to build the first Children’s Museum in the UK.
Eureka! takes three years to build at a cost of over £9 million, the majority raised by the museum’s benefactor, Dame Vivien Duffield, DBE CBE, Chairman of the Clore Duffield Foundation, along with active support from the Council and many local businesses.
HRH The Prince of Wales becomes Eureka!’s Patron and officially declares the museum open on 9 July 1992.
A new permanent gallery called “Things” opens with examples of contemporary design and technology and its place within our lives.
Director, Leigh-Anne Stradeski, is appointed to lead Eureka! and visitor figures surge when the national press reports that Eureka!’s Me & My Body gallery is superior to the one in the newly opened Millennium Dome.
Europe’s first fully interactive environmental gallery for children, “Our Global Garden”, opens to mark Eureka!’s 10th birthday.
Eureka! acquires the children’s day nursery Share, Care & Learning. The nursery becomes the first in the UK to be associated with a museum or educational attraction.
SoundSpace, a permanent futuristic-style gallery exploring the science of sound, opened by Take That’s Mark Owen.
SoundGarden and Desert Discovery, two galleries designed for the under fives, are opened by Floella Benjamin OBE.
Eureka! marks its 18th Birthday by opening the Wonder Walk, an outdoor sensory trail.
All About Me opens - the biggest development in our 21 year history - which is named the UK’s best interactive exhibition for children by parenting website Mumsnet.
Awarded Gold at the VisitEngland Awards for Excellence 2015 – Access for All Category.
We celebrate our 25th birthday by opening our Spark Gallery. The gallery launches by hosting digiPlaySpace, created by Toronto International Film Festival, bringing it to Europe for the first time!
To engage children from birth to 11 in a range of play-based learning experiences which facilitate their emotional, intellectual, physical, social and creative development.
Everything we do has children at its heart, and that includes how we design and develop our museum. We work with Ideas United, our child advisory panel, whenever we develop new programmes and spaces!