We took advantage of a trip to visit family in Bristol to go and find out what the new 'We The Curious' was all about.
Bristol's Science Museum encourages you to ask questions, get hands on and try things out - to be curious. We visited with my children's grandparents so had a wide range of ages and interests.
The ground floor has a free flow lay out which allows you to wander from exhibit to exhibit, pausing to explore things in more detail where it grabs your interest. Think about the concept of cloning and the multi-verse along with why rainbows make people happy! There are lots of hands on activities which really appealed to the children, including many touch screens. This really is an area where everyone learns something while exploring without really realising it is happening - the information is all presented in a very accessible way and poses questions which are thought provoking on whatever level you choose. My boys particularly enjoyed lying back to listen to their 'subconscious'!
The First Floor has a slightly different feel. There is section based on the work of Aardman Animations which allows you to try your hand at creating some animated characters of your own and learn a little about the techniques they use in Wallace & Gromit along with some activities looking at the human body, bubbles etc. Some of these are aimed at slightly younger children but my boys (ages 9 and 13) really enjoyed experimenting and trying things out. There is a small soft-play style building site for the under 8's which we weren't able to use but the younger children that could seemed to be having a brilliant time!
There is also a Planetarium which has a selection of shows available each day that are bookable in advance for an additional fee. We chose to watch a 3D show called "Solar System Odyssey". The show is lead by a presenter rather than just being pre-recorded and has an interactive element which means that the audience makes decisions about what will happen so that no two shows will be the same. We thought that this was a really good approach. It made the whole thing much more engaging.
There is a cafe on site or alternatively, as you can leave and re-enter as many times as you like, you may prefer to try one of the local restaurants. 'We The Curious' is located in a square in the centre of the city of there are plenty of nearby options.
Local Mum of two boys and editor of Raring2go! in Solihull and South Warwickshire.