Eureka! National Children’s Museum, Halifax: ‘Fun facts … about how stuff works’ – review

A freshen-up would help, but this fun museum with interactive exhibits and themed sections still has the wow factor for young kids

Built in 1992, Eureka! was the UK’s first children’s museum and it has held up remarkably well. Its raison d’etre is exploring how everyday stuff works through interactive exhibits (indoors and out) exploring physiology, urban and domestic life, space, sound and the digital world. Themed areas include a high street (featuring a post office, bank and supermarket), a body-focused gallery, “behind the scenes” in your home (Perspex toilets, and a surprisingly informative section on taps) and soft play and craft areas for the under-5s. Outside there’s a playground, sandpit and a sensory garden full of wildflowers and intriguing textures. The exhibition Fusion: Adventures in Digital Art features a digital waterfall and human-sized scanner (until November) is a collaboration with the touring Lumen prize for Digital Art.

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