- Museums and Art Galleries
Suitable for ages: Babies and Toddlers (0-3), Young Children (4-8) and Older Children (9-12)
Venue type: Indoor, Outdoor
Any budding scientist would feel right at home at ThinkTank, an award winning museum with over 200 hands on displays in the field of science and technology from the past, present and future.
Over four floors of interactive exhibits and historical collections, including talking robots, gurgling guts, a chocolate wrapping machine and steam engines inspire and challenge the most creative of minds! The Planetarium hosts a wide variety of shows on space and astronomy, and The Science Garden is an outdoor discovery space where mechanics and transportation are brought to life.
It’s always more fun when families learn together, which is exactly what you can do in Kids’ City – a mini city where everyone can test out smart ways to recycle rubbish and unearth creatures such as Jurassic Crocodile and Giant Deer. Outside is a vibrant outdoor play area designed to encourage under 7’s to explore and discover the wonderful world of science!
Bring science to life!
- Events and talks throughout the year
- Discover the fascinating industrial heritage of Birmingham
- Family activities in school holidays
- Restaurant Onsite
- Onsite Shop
- Snacks Available
- Wheelchair Friendly
- Toilets Available
- Baby Changing Available
- Disabled Toilets Available
- Parking Available Nearby
- Pushchair Friendly
Getting There and Contact Information
Millennium Point, Curzon Street, Birmingham, West Midlands, B4 7XG, England
Click here to visit Thinktank's website
Standard Opening Times and Pricing
Monday to Sunday 10:00 - 17:00
Kids: (3-15): £9.50
Toddlers (0 - 2): Free
Thinktank's Cafe is open during selected periods and serves light meals and hot and cold snacks. Within Millennium Point there is also a licensed bar and an additional cafe serving a delicious choice of fresh baguettes, tortilla wraps and sandwiches with fillings that range from tuna nicoise, mozzarella, black olives and basil to the more traditional BLT.
Accessible toilets on all levels; adult and baby changing facilities are also available. There is now an adult change facility with a hydraulic changing table within Thinktank. This is located in the disabled toilet on level G1 by the schools cloakroom.
The Thinktank shop is where you'll find weird and wonderful mementoes of your visit to Thinktank as well as some unusual presents for special occasions. There are gadgets and gizmos plus puzzles and packs, including educational science-based kits.
Baby food facilities
They do not sell baby food, but staff are happy to warm milk upon request.
Great day out
Written by Anonymous . 02.01.16
We read the mixed reviews but finally decided to go and check out for ourselves. The day started with negatives such as the parking and then not signposted very well as we were trying to get to the entrance by foot from city centre car park with two 3 year olds and a 5 year old. Once we got there it seemed a little upside down as think tank is actually on the second floor (but science garden at entrance) yet the tickets box outside was closed and there was not a single person in sight to ask for direction, once in building we asked security at the desk who gave us directions to second floor and think tank reception. Once we got to reception it was all good, friendly staff on hand to help and help plan your day, good map to show where to go. Planetarium was fantastic and definitely worth doing. Kids city was fantastic everything worked fine, lots of role play clothes and equipment for the children to try on, all sections were thought out well and everything was clean, plenty of seating in every area for parents to sit and relax yet watch their kids playing. The recycle area, how your body works area, forensic van, wildlife and fossils area were all a massive hit on this floor, in particular kids liked the colouring and fact sheets, activity and colouring areas provided throughout this floor and again plenty of seating for adults. Plenty of staff available who came over and spoke to children telling them to try different experiments etc Level 3 was the planetarian and also space and future which was interesting. Level 0 was cafe which was pleasant but expensive but there is a large picnic table area which people could use if they bought own sandwiches (which is what we will be doing next time). All in all a very good day, we were there for over 5 hours and never bored there was too much to try and look at, every area is well thought out and easy to access. Shame about parking and lack of signage but other than that a good day out.
Written by Anonymous . 29.03.16
We had a lovely day. So much to do and something for everyone.