Eureka! A Review of the UK’s Most Interactive and Educational Children’s Museum

Published on 3 July 2023 at 16:02

Eureka! The National Children’s Museum in Halifax, West Yorkshire is a museum is unlike any other you’ve ever visited, because it’s all about learning through play!  Rather than lots of glass cases and do-not-touch signs, it’s a vibrant and interactive space where children can explore, experiment and express themselves with hundreds of hands-on exhibits.

Eureka! The National Children’s Museum - Entrance

What You'll Find At Eureka!

Eureka! has six themed galleries, each designed to spark curiosity and creativity in children of different ages and interests.

  • All about me
  • Sound Space
  • Living and Working Together
  • Sound Garden
  • Desert Discovery
  • Spark Gallery

Whether you want to discover the wonders of the human body, the secrets of sound and light, the mysteries of the digital world, or the magic of storytelling, there’s something for everyone at Eureka!

Eureka! The National Children’s Museum - All About Me
Eureka! The National Children’s Museum - All About Me

Our Visit

We visited Eureka! The National Children’s Museum with the boys, aged 12 and 3 and our niece, and we had a blast!  It was one of the best children’s museums we’ve ever been to, and we’ve been to quite a few.


Eureka! is not your typical museum, where you just look at things and read labels. It’s a place where you can touch, play, explore and learn about all kinds of topics, from the human body to the digital world. There are six themed galleries, each with hundreds of interactive exhibits.


We loved the All About Me gallery, where you can learn all about different aspects of the human body, you could measure height, weight, heart rate,and reaction times.  We had fun in the SoundSpace gallery, where the boys made music with giant instruments, experimented with sound waves and created their own soundtracks.  The Spark gallery was great for the older ones, as it featured digital art installations that were very cool and immersive.


We also had fun in the Living and Working Together gallery, the way that this is set up is amazing with a life sized bank, M&S shop, post office and more.  You can get a bank card at the desk and then use this in the bank's cash machine to withdraw money which you can use in other interactive play.  We learned about money, communication and trade in a fun way.


The Desert Discovery gallery was a nice contrast, as it showed us how people live in different environments around the world. We got to dress up in traditional clothes, play with sand and water, and learnt about different cultures.


The museum also has a lot of outdoor space, where you can enjoy the fresh air and the sensory garden. There’s a playground, a sandpit and a train carriage to explore. You can also bring your own picnic or buy food from the cafe, which has a good selection of sandwiches, salads and snacks.


I would highly recommend Eureka! . It’s a fantastic place for family fun and learning that you’ll never forget!.

Eureka! The National Children’s Museum - Living and Working Together
Eureka! The National Children’s Museum - Living and Working Together

Planning A Visit

Eureka! is open every day from 10am to 5pm (except Mondays during term time), and you can pre-book your tickets online for £15.95 per person (or £6.95 for 1-2 year olds). Don't forget your ticket gives you a free annual pass, which means you can come back as many times as you want for a whole year!


Eureka! is easy to get to by car, bus or train, as it’s located next to Halifax railway station and has its own car park. You can also bring your own packed lunch or enjoy a tasty meal at the museum cafe.


So what are you waiting for? Grab your family and head to Eureka! The National Children’s Museum, for a day of fun and learning that you’ll never forget!


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