Magna Science Adventure Centre, Rotherham

Magna Science Adventure Centre brings the sciences to life for children. Located in an old steel mill, the science center divides its exhibits into four element-themed pavilions: earth, air, fire, and water. Kids learn about the laws of physics on the elaborate outdoor playground, which is one of the largest in the UK. In summer, kids can splash around the wet park. Indoors, numerous interactive and hands-on displays help young visitors understand and explore the laws of nature. Every hour, on the hour, the center pays tribute to its heritage with "The Big Melt," a spectacular demonstration of steel production in an electric arc furnace. To learn more about steelworks, you can take a guided tour. Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Rotherham trip simple and quick.
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  • Visited for the first time ever today, on the first day of opening after lockdown. Lots of exhibits either worn out, missing or not working. They have had plenty of time to get the place spick and...  more »
  • Seen it's days a bit since I last visited a few years ago, with not all exhibits working. Although, the place still has an amazing atmosphere and what is there is very impressive. The shows that take....  more »
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  • There are 4 areas: Air, Earth, Fire and Water, each with facts and interactive activities to do. I'd say fun for most ages, as an adult I liked learning things about steel and inventors from the 1700s, the children I went with were 2 and 12 years old and the activities kept them engaged. There's also a cafe, decent prices and tasty hot chocolate with marshmallows and whipped cream, they also do meal deals. There is a free annual pass offer so that's a great reason to return within the next 12 months, bring my other nephews with me. Surprisingly there's a park outside Magna, for little and older kids, with climbing frames and slides, even a sand pit. So after a day here your kid will probably sleep peacefully at night.
  • Very cold inside, make sure you take warm cloths. I have been here 2 times before, but was a bit disappointing this time as there were quite a few things out of order. Normally my son loves the bit in the earth section where you move the fake rocks onto convener belts and watch them move in different ways back to the quarry. Unfortunately, all the rocks seemed to be missing so this large attraction, that main attraction in that section was unusable. This was very disappointing as it seem it would be an easy fix. That was not the only thing out of order on the visit this time either. The elevators were our of order. I guess we are a bit fitter now on the positive side. In fact, I think we could have played a game of spot the out of order sign on our visit, there seemed to be an awful lot of them. All in all, Magna may not be the most informative museum around, but it is an interesting experience. Its dark and atmospheric and quite different to other attractions. They also have a great outdoor play area for kids.
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