visitors will find four floors of interactive exhibits
Thinktank Birmingham Science Museum is the place to be this summer.
Offering enlightening and fun-packed days out, Thinktank will certainly provide children and their families with hours of entertainment and insight.
From steam engines and talking robots to gurgling guts and a chocolate wrapping machine, Thinktank has more than 200 hands-on displays related to science and technology.
The award-winning museum is located inside the impressive Millennium Point building near the HS2 development.
At Thinktank, visitors will find four floors of interactive exhibits and historical collections.
They will showcase the science of the world, ensuring to amaze and inspire all those who visit.
Some of the highlights at Thinktank include MiniBrum.
Located on level 3, MiniBrum is Thinktank’s very own mini-city that is aimed at children under eight years old.
This exciting world features recognisable landmarks, such as the Birmingham canals, Selfridges and the Old Joe Clock Tower at the University of Birmingham.
MiniBrum also has numerous play zones for children to explore and question their understanding of the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) world around them.
MiniBrum has been created in collaboration with schools, families and community groups.
Through play, MiniBrum provides children with the opportunity to think like scientists in real-life scenarios.
The play zones in MiniBrum include:
- Home area where children can build their own dens
- Burrow where children can find the hidden animals
- Park with race track inspired by Birmingham’s upcoming Commonwealth Games
- Construction zone with a climbing tower
- Workshop where children can fix a car engine, change a car tyre and make their own mini race cars
- Salon with dress up and hair styling areas
- Shop with Post Office
- Health centre with doctors surgery, dentists and vets
- Ice cream and vegetable stalls
- Specially designed sensory zones for babies
The 4k Planetarium allows young space enthusiasts to explore astronomy, space and the night sky.
Also located on level 3, it is the only one of its kind in the West Midlands and the sharp display and surround sound makes for an immersive experience.
Visitors can check out the outer reaches of space.
But as well as astronomy, shows will allow visitors to travel through the human body, dive under the ocean and shrink to the size of an atom.
Thinktank’s Science Garden is an outdoor discovery space full of surprises and fun activities for the entire family.
It has themes of engineering, mechanics and transportation to life through more than 30 hands-on exhibits.
There are fun zones in the Science Garden which include:
- Energise – Harness renewable energy to power a mechanical theatre.
- Mechanise – Use a variety of intriguing machines to fee the eight metre high ‘Terminus’ machine.
- Mobilise – Find out how it feels to ride a wagon with square wheels on a bumpy road.
The Science Garden also includes an outdoor classroom called Garden Arena, where shows and workshops for schools can take place.
Visitors can also enjoy a blast from the past with Thinktank’s large industrial history collection.
Explore Birmingham’s past, including transport that was built in and used around the city.
Visitors can also see the iconic Spitfire where more than 11,000 of them were built in Birmingham during World War Two.
Thinktank has one of the most comprehensive steam engine collections in the world.
This includes the Smethwick Engine, the world’s oldest working steam engine, dating from 1779.
Visitors can discover how steam engines supplied the power to make the industrial revolution happen.
New for 2021 is Our Changing Planet, a fascinating gallery that looks at how humans have transformed the world and how these changes are affecting the environment.
As well as exploring the long history of humanity’s influence on the planet, Thinktank is looking for people’s stories on lifestyle changes in response to the climate crisis.
These stories will help support Thinktank’s second phase of Our Changing Planet gallery.
The second phase will look at steps and solutions we can take to help tackle climate change.
In addition to the entertaining exhibitions, Thinktank has several special events taking place throughout the summer holidays.
Visitors can discover all the exciting things they can do with water in The Wonderful Water Show!
Explore careers in STEM, see objects relating to these careers, have a go at STEM careers bingo and make a badge to take home.
There will also be activities and craft-based around nature and special Toddler Thursdays.
Pre-booking is essential to visit Thinktank so book your tickets.