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An exciting hands-on gallery inviting early investigation of science and technology. Recommended for Nursery, Reception and Year 1.

The gallery is divided into four zones:

  • The welcoming zone—we welcome your group and give a short briefing about using the gallery. There's also a puppet theatre for children to use.
  • The water zone—watch water rush down from a huge bucket into a series of pools, explore ripples, bubbles, scooping and pouring, try different ways of moving water, and investigate floating and sinking.
  • The building zone—transport building blocks and build on a big scale; investigate materials and forces, try to find the right tools to tighten screws and bolts, experiment with balancing things and move materials using wheelbarrows, a bucket hoist and a snake chute.
  • The eyes and ears zone—an introduction to reflections, shadows and colour along with making sounds in different ways, predict rhythms and exploring how sounds can travel.

Our friendly Explainers are on-hand to support your children's experiences. In addition, information panels and short rhymes provide a starting-point and key words to help adults and children approach the activities together.

This page is for educational groups; for general visitor information, please see the main gallery page.

Follow-up activities