Birmingham is a city packed with science where some of the greatest inventions of the modern world were born. It’s only right that it has a museum that lives up to this legacy.
Thinktank, the Birmingham Science Museum, is a brilliant new interpretation of the classic museum model. While it has its origins in the mid-18th Century, the current site opened in 2001. A major revamp in 2015 has since put it at the cutting edge of museum experiences.
It provides a simply amazing day out for anyone who loves science, technology and history. Take a journey back in time to the inception of the electrical machine, the car and even the aeroplanes – you’ll even have the chance to see a Supermarine Spitfire and a Hawker Hurricane, two of the elite planes that flew in the Battle of Britain.
Thinktank is spread out over four floors with countless exhibits to explore, each linked to either the past, present or the future. By the time you’re finished exploring, you’ll know more than you ever thought possible, including how the steam engine was invented, how taste buds work and what’s in store for robots.
You’ll also have the chance to enter Birmingham’s first planetarium with a projection dome 33ft in diameter, while your young ones will delight in exploring Kids’ City, which teaches them how science and technology influences the world around them. Or, if you fancy something a bit more laid back, take a stroll around the science garden, home to over 30 exhibits.
Based in the heart of the city, Thinktank is simple to find and can easily keep you – and the kids – entertained from morning till night. Educational, fun and stimulating to people of all ages, this is a must-visit for anyone spending a week in Birmingham.