Eureka! The National Children’s Museum opened in July 1992 and is based on the North American model of children’s museums. Its aim is to inspire children aged 0 to 11 years to learn about themselves and the world around them using play, imagination, experimentation and fun to make this a great day out for all the family.
Sited on a former railway yard, the museum was the brain child of Dame Vivien Duffield, who was inspired by the children’s museums she saw during visits to the USA. On her return home Dame Vivien pursued the idea of creating the UK’s own children’s museum and the Museum for Children was formally constituted as a registered charity in 1985. The dream became reality when HRH The Prince of Wales suggested the site in Halifax as an ideal location and the Prince went on to open the museum, built at a cost of more than £9,000,000, on 9th July 1992.
The site also still retains a number of old railway buildings, most notably the 1855 station building, which was regenerated and incorporated as office space and The Eureka! nursery thanks to money from the Heritage Lottery Fund and the Clare Duffield Foundation. For information on current exhibitions and events please visit the Eureka! website listed below.
Term Time – Mondays (closed), Tuesday to Friday 10:00am – 4:00pm, Saturday and Sunday 10:00am – 5:00pm
Holidays & Bank Holidays – Monday to Sunday 10:00am – 5:00pm
Admission: Adult/Child (age 3+): £13.95 each, Toddlers (age 1-2 years): £5.95, Babies (under 1 year): Free.
Access: The Museum caters for all disabled visitors with excellent access for wheelchair users and equipment and exhibits specifically for the visually impaired and the hearing impaired.
Address: Discovery Road, Halifax, West Yorkshire, HX1 2NE
Tel: 01422 330069