The 10 Best Hands-on Museums
1. Eureka! Halifax
Adults: £9.95, Children: £9.95, eureka.org.uk
The national children's museum has scores of interactive exhibitions, including the Sound Garden and a plant kids can crawl through.
2. Winston Churchill's Britain at War Experience, London
Adults: £12.95, Children: £5.50, britainatwar.co.uk
Travel back to the Blitz, huddle in a shelter as sirens blare and check out the war-time clothes and food.
3. Big Pit National Coal Museum, south Wales
Go down the pit with an ex-miner and discover life at the coalface. Or stay topside and take the multi-media mining history tour.
4. Science Museum, London
The Atmosphere Gallery lets you relive the Earth's climate history, experiencing the important atmospheric moments – from Ice Age to industrial age – in hands-on detail.
5. Techniquest, Cardiff
Adults: £7, Children: £5, techniquest.org
Launch a rocket, sink an oil rig or lie back and gaze at the stars in the discovery centre planetarium. This Saturday and Sunday entry is free.
6. British Music Experience, London
Adults: £12, Children: £6, britishmusicexperience.com
Here the history of British popular music comes to life, and you can even record yourself singing.
7. National Museum of Flight, East Lothian, Scotland
Adults: £9.50, Children: £4, nms.ac.uk
Find out how planes are built, why they stay in the air, and even try to land one at this interactive museum.
8. W5 Interactive Discovery Centre, Belfast
Adults: £7.70, Children: £5.70, w5online.co.uk
You can build a robot or a bridge, or play a laser harp in five interactive exhibitions at this funky museum.
9. Doctor Who Experience, London
Adults: £18, Children: £14, doctorwhoexperience.com
Go on an adventure in the Tardis or get up close with a Dalek at this temple to the BBC show.
10. Thackray Museum, Leeds
Adults: £7, Children: £5, thackraymuseum.org
The Thackray Museum of surgery is a veritable riot of blood, guts and gore. Children (or adults) can play at setting up a 19th-century operation.
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