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Eureka! The National Children's Museum is an interactive educational museum for children in Halifax, West Yorkshire, England. It is run as an educational charity and not-for-profit organisation and is the UK's first and foremost Children's Museum.

The museum was partly inspired by Prince Charles, was opened by him on 9 July 1992, and he is it's Patron.[1] It is located on former British Rail land next to Halifax railway station.

Eureka! is a magical place where children play to learn and grown-ups learn to play. As the UK’s leading children’s museum, Eureka! gives children aged 0-11 a fun-packed day out, while inspiring them to find out about themselves and the world around them.

Inside you can step into a giant mouth, discover the stolen treasures of a magpie’s nest, take money out at the bank or build an igloo. Outside get digging on the Eureka! Beach and explore the outdoor PlayScape.



The Eureka! galleries provide wonderful settings for children and grown-ups to learn through play. Eureka! staff are always on hand to help you get the best out of your visit and the 100s of hands-on exhibits.

There are six galleries; the main galleries are:

  • Me and My Body Meet Scoot, a robot created from the scraps of a garden shed. Pick up a passport and tour the gallery to help him find out about the human body and all its strange functions and quirks.
  • Living and Working Together What if kids ruled the world? Find out in this child-sized town where roles are reversed. Take out money at the bank, do the supermarket shopping and fill up the car before heading home to tidy up and cook supper.
  • Our Global Garden Tour the gardens of the world with CBeebie’s Gordon the Gnome as your guide. The environmentally-aware gnome will take you as far as the Arctic Circle, the jungle and even the bottom of the sea on this exciting journey.
  • SoundSpace Become a DJ for the day as you step into a futuristic world to find out all about music. You’ll meet Orby too, an alien from outer space who needs your help to decipher the strange noises on Earth.

For under-5s there are also:

  • SoundGarden - Orby has used her magic, alien powers to make you the size of a bug. Experience the sounds, smells and textures of nature in a garden that is larger than life,

where flowers sing and ladybirds giggle.

  • Desert Discovery - Brave the dust and heat of the Mojave Desert as you go on a North American expedition to collect boulders, find cacti and set up camp.
  • Creativity Space - Get arty and have a go at making your own masterpiece.

Getting to Eureka!

By Road: Eureka! is located in Halifax town centre which is between Leeds and Manchester. Off peak it should take approximately 30 minutes to drive from Leeds, 45 minutes from Manchester and 1 hour from York. Leave the M62 at jct 24, follow A629 to Halifax, then follow brown tourist signs to Eureka!

By Public Transport: Eureka! is next door to the Halifax railway station and only a few minutes' walk from the main Halifax bus station. Halifax Train Station is on the main Leeds to Manchester Victoria train line.

Parking : There is a large car park on site with additional parking available in the town centre. Eureka! is able to offer a limited number of places to contract customers. The car park at Eureka! is conveniently located for workers in the town centre, Piece Hall traders and commuters using Halifax station. For details on contract parking call 01422 330069.

Opening Times

The museum is open 10–4pm every day during term-time, and 10–5pm at weekends, half-terms, holidays and bank holidays. Term times are based on dates set by the local council.

Term dates 2009/2010

Autumn term 2009 Tuesday 1 September-Friday 23 October Monday 2 November-Friday 18 December

Spring term 2010 Monday 4 January-Friday 12 February Monday 22 February-Friday 26 March

Summer term 2010 Monday 12 April-Friday 28 May Monday 7 June-Tuesday 20 July


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Coordinates: 53°43′12″N 1°51′18″W / 53.72°N 1.855°W / 53.72; -1.855



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